Thursday, December 24, 2015

Book Review: Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda

Title Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda

Author Becky Albertalli

Release Date April 7, 2015

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.

Is a person supposed to review/rate a book based on how they feel when they read it or on how they would have felt it they had read when they were in the "right" mood? I'm asking because I feel like I've been in a book funk the past few days and that may have affected how I felt about Simon. Don't get me wrong, it was a great book. I just feel I might have liked it more if I was in the right mood for it.

Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda was adorable and funny. I loved the email exchanges between Simon and Blue. I did wish we were clued in on who Blue really is sooner, but I guess it works. There were cute characters abound with realistic interactions and dialogue.

It's also about acceptance. It's about accepting that white and straight shouldn't be everyone's default setting when thinking of someone (the entire world needs more of this). It's about being honest with your friends and family and them still loving you. And it's not even preachy about any of it.

While it might not have been able to pull me out of my book funk, this was a genuinely good book.


4 out of 5 stars

1 comment:

  1. I am adding this one to the TBR. I read less YA as of late, but I love the idea of all this tension and a male lead. Thanks for the review.


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