Book Review: Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli

 

I read this book several months ago (which was a bit behind the bandwagon even then) and had a rough review written and accidentally forgot to publish it! Oops! But finally I present to you all my book review of Simon vs the Homo Sapiens Agenda!!! 

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Title: Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda

Series: Creekwood #1

Author: Beck Albertalli

Genre: YA, Contemporary Fiction, LGBTQ, Romance

Rating: 4/5

Synopsis:

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’m trying to find the words to describe this book. Heartwarming? Relatable? Inclusive? Humorous? Adorable? Simon vs the Homo Sapiens Agenda is all of these words, and so much more.

The books main character Simon is a relatably awkward teenager who is trying to figure himself out. Simon is a closeted 16 year old in high school and doesn’t exactly want everyone (more like anyone) in his life to know that he is gay. He’s been emailing back and forth with another guy that goes by the username Blue. Neither of them know who the other is, except that its another guy in their highschool, and both are secretely gay. They begin bonding over email as Simon goes about his somewhat hectic life, and I love the inclusion of the emails in the book.

One of my favorite parts of the book was the emails between Simon and Blue, each more flirtatious and heartfelt than the other. It was absolutely adorable! Simon and Blue seemed to have a genuine connection, and in this day of technology it seems like its becoming more common to meet someone online. The book represented the deepening connection between the two really well and I liked the inclusion of a form of dating/socializing that has grown in popularity over the years. I kept trying to guess at who Blue was (as was Simon), and it was someone I didn’t even suspect until the very end!

The only infuriariting aspect of the book was the fact that another student named Martin. I loathed Martin with a passion I haven’t felt since the character Daisy in Turtles all the Way Down (who I ranted about in my book review here). He was one of the only negatives of the book and is a character who really drives some of the plot, which gave the book a little more balance, but he still angered me greatly, and ends up doing something truly horrid and immature. In a literary stance he was a great addition, but from an emotional stance he was terrible!

The entire book is composed of Simon dealing with being blackmailed, hiding his sexuality, experiencing messy friend and family dynamics, and getting to know Blue. It made it a diverse and fun book to read that kept you guessing at how it would all turn out. I give this book 4/5 stars!

What are your thoughts? Did you enjoy this book as much as I did? Should I watch the movie? I’ve heard a lot of good things about it and wonder how well it will stack up to the book. Let me know in the comments below!

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