Review: Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda7:30 AM
Title: Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda
Author: Becky Albertalli
Series: N/A, Standalone
Genre: Young Adult, Romance, Contemporary, LGBT
Publisher: Balzer + Bray
Publication Date: April 7th 2015
My Rating: 4.5 Stars
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.
Oh my goodness, this book was unbearably cute (in a good way)! This, alone with Puddle Jumping, are the two books with the most feels for me. It's already been a month since I read this, but whenever I remember or hear the title of the book, a rush of feels come towards me. I can't even remember the specific details anymore, I just feel the feels!
I have to admit, I was scared to read gay books before. It's not that I'm prejudiced against them, it's just that I was kind of afraid that if I didn't like a gay book, people would assume that it's because of the MC being gay. But in the end, I was just too curious about the hype surrounding this book, so I looked for it immediately. I even bought a hardcopy since there were no paperbacks, which I never do. But I am oh so thankful that I did!
Oh my gosh, what was I even afraid about? It didn't feel like Simon was just telling a story, it felt like he was telling the story directly to me. I laughed out loud a couple of times, and I hurt, I felt frustrated, and I just really connected with Simon. I also really liked how Simon worked through all his troubles. Above everything else, he is brave.
There were so many things covered in this book, like why is white and straight the default? I really liked it when Simon said that straight people should come out too. It really made me think of why gay people should come out, since that's just who they are.
I already know that this is a book that I would be rereading multiple times. Seriously guys, if you haven't read this, just go ahead and read it. I know that I would regret it so much if I wasn't able to read this, I swear.