Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli
Published by Balzer + Bray on April 7, 2015
Genres: Young Adult, Fiction, Contemporary, Romance, LGBT
Pages: 320 Format: Hardcover Source: Library
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 have been non-stop hearing about Becky Albertalli’s Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda since I joined the book blogging community and I have finally experienced what a true delight this story was. Simon’s teenage life is made all the more complicated when his emails to a boy named Blue are used as blackmail. Stuck in an awful position, he has to come to terms with who he is and what he really wants.
Ten Reasons I Loved Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda
- Simon is just such a wonderful human being. He’s goofy and kind but still overthinks things. He’s navigating through some hard stuff but still sees the good in the world.
- Friendship to the max! Simon was able to rely on Nick, Leah, and Abby when things got tough even when difficulties arose between them. I just love seeing that.
- It’s a real coming of age story. Discovering who you are and how you’re going to live your life. Plus it’s portrayed in such an open, honest way.
- Blue, Blue, Blue. Oh the mystery of it all. While I did guess early on who he was, I truly enjoyed getting to know him through his emails.
- Always need more books with theater kids! Oh also soccer boys…
- Intense Oreo love for the win!!!! If I’m being honest I’m not a huge Oreo person but this book made me want to stuff my face with them.
- All the feels! This story made my emotions go all over the place. From so freaking happy to feeling like my heart might break.
- Albertalli’s writing is spot on. It was as if a teenage boy was actually sharing his story instead of an adult.
- Simon’s family dynamic was pretty interesting and their understanding and acceptance of him was nice to see.
- Balances the awesome and awfulness that high school often holds. It’s just so so real!
If you couldn’t tell, I really really really enjoyed Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda. It was a perfectly honest and ridiculously cute story that everyone needs to read. Simon and Blue give me all the feels and I just want everyone to experience the truth this book holds within. Clearly I’d recommend this to pretty much everyone who hasn’t read it yet and cannot wait for Becky Albertalli’s next book!
So what did you think of Simon vs.? Did you enjoy the romance of it all? Revel in the realness of it? Finally going to read it? Let me know all your thoughts in the comments below!