Friday, November 27, 2015

Book Review | Simon vs the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli

Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens AgendaSimon vs the Homo Sapiens Agenda 

Author: Becky Albertalli (@beckyalbertalli)

Publisher: Balzer + Bray
Page Number: 303
Genre: Contemporary
Publication Date: April 7, 2015
Synopsis from Goodreads:
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.

My Review:
I read this book, when, in JUNE!?!?!?!? Procrastination skills on POINT. Just kidding.
ANYWAYS, I could some up this entire review with just two words: SO. CUTE. Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda has got. To be. The CUTEST freaking book ever.

"White shouldn’t be the default any more than straight should be the default. There shouldn’t even be a default."

Simon was a quick read; I flew threw it in a day or two. And although I talk mostly about it's adorableness, there are a few great moments that truly demonstrate the LGBTQ+ aspect of this book.
Simon is the best character ever, from his amazing fandom references, which got me screaming like no other, to the sweetest moments between him and Blue (ship. ship. SHIP.) Simon felt so relatable. I wanted to be his best friend. He's so freaking heartwarming, and his dialogue, his sarcastic tongue, and EVERYTHING about EVERYTHING was perfect.

Simon coming out was one of the best parts. High schools is difficult as it is, and knowing that you're gay, and people are going to tease you about that is a big toughie. What I loved most about Albertalli's writing is how she made is so realistic. I started crying when Simon came out to (you know who). Simon's group of amazing friends (#squad goals) were so sweet and supportive, and you just feel mush for him. YOU JUST LOVE HIM SO MUCH <3 <3 <3

Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda is a heartwarmer, adorable, and ever so relatable and will always be remembered. And to those still debating on whether or not to read it?

Read it. Love it. Repeat. 

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