Title: Simon Vs The Homo Sapiens Agenda
Author: Becky Albertalli
Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary
My Rating: 5/5 stars
“Why is straight the default? Everyone should have to declare one way or another, and it shouldn’t be this big awkward thing whether you’re straight, gay, bi, or whatever. I’m just saying”
“Sixteen-year-old and not-so-openly gay Simon Spier prefers to save his drama for the school musical. But when an email falls into the wrong hands, his secret is at risk of being thrust into the spotlight. Now Simon is actually being blackmailed: if he doesn’t play wingman for class clown Martin, his sexual identity will become everyone’s business. Worse, the privacy of Blue, the pen name of the boy he’s been emailing, will be compromised.
With some messy dynamics emerging in his once tight-knit group of friends, and his email correspondence with Blue growing more flirtatious every day, Simon’s junior year has suddenly gotten all kinds of complicated. Now, change-averse Simon has to find a way to step out of his comfort zone before he’s pushed out—without alienating his friends, compromising himself, or fumbling a shot at happiness with the most confusing, adorable guy he’s never met.”
I read this for the Flame Badge for #ReadThemAllThon
I don’t know how I will form coherent thoughts about this book. All I know is that I LOVED IT! I wish I could reread it over and over and absorb everything in again. I’m so glad I picked this up; I’ll definitely get a copy for myself because it’s beautiful inside and out.
I liked how Becky had chapters which had the storyline and chapter with the emails that Blue and Simon send each other. A lot of the time, in books I usually skim over emails because they just don’t capture my attention. However, this book was completely different. I was so entranced with the emails and I adored the relationship between Simon and Blue. They’re so cute together and I will not stop saying that. I love how we get to know Simon more personally through his emails, and how we knew a lot about Blue yet didn’t know his identity. The whole mystery solving thing was great!
I think, not quite completely sure but, Simon is probably the first male protagonist I’ve been able to enjoy the story of. At least I don’t remember many male protagonists (without someone else narrating it as well). I felt Simon’s character was realistic because he had anxieties about coming out, just as others would, and he felt. I know that sounds strange but I could tell that he felt emotions. He laughed, he feared (I was about to say he cried but I don’t think he cries at all) and he gets drunk at least once, almost like all teenage boys (sorry for the generalising).
I adored all the other characters; Nick and Abby’s relationship was adorable and they were so supportive of Simon. I feel that some people would react negatively with the way Leah acted, saying she is overdramatic. However, I understand Leah’s reactions. In some ways, she’s a lot like me. She felt left out and probably replaced and so she just avoided her friends. But she cared for them still. Buying cakes on her friend’s birthdays and putting time out to make them presents; they’re things I’d do too. I easily related to her emotions because sometimes I feel left out but I know I shouldn’t.
My favourite scene would have to be the moment Simon and Blue meet at the carnival (I think that’s what it was). Blue was so shy it was cute! I also love Simon’s family; although their remarks may be offensive, their relationships with one another is amazing, because let’s face it. Not many of our parents are as outgoing or lenient as Simon’s. I also liked reading the emails, I looked forward to them as I read.
Becky’s writing was so easy to read and she added so much humour into her story. I read a large portion of the book in public and I nearly laughed out loud. I was also so anxious to know how it would end that I nearly went to search up the ending, NEARLY (don’t worry I didn’t). I loved how Simon and Blue get to meet and how adorable they got. I nearly died of swooning so much when Blue gave Simon a band t-shirt. (Okay, I’ll try to stop talking about Simon and Blue)
Although I loved this book, I’m not 100% satisfied with the ending. I want to know if Martin and Simon rekindle their friendship, or if Simon forgives him (maybe I should read between the lines but anyways). Okay maybe it’s more because I want more of Simon and Blue’s cute relationship but I’d rather have this as a stand-alone.
I’m so sorry for ranting in this review. I’d honestly recommend this to you all because it’s quick-paced and cute and I think it’d get you out of a slump (if you’re in one). I hope to read more of Becky’s writing in the future because I am completely in love with this.