Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli
Published by Penguin on August 7 2017
Genres: Young adult, contemporary, lgbt
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.
Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda is a quirky and relatable coming of age story that focuses on friendship, family and love. Utterly unputdownable, by the end, you’ll find yourself with a huge smile plastered on your face!
I can’t deny the buzz that surrounds this book, the hype automatically raised the bar high for this novel. The first 100 pages were a bit of a hit and miss, it took me a couple chapters to engage with the unique flowy writing style. But after the halfway point I couldn’t detach myself from the story, I needed to know who Blue was!
The characters Albertalli crafted were believable, flawed and eccentric, they were highly relatable and felt like REAL teens. Simon was cute and his infatuation with blue was beyond adorable. I loved his circle of friends and the way that they supported each other through the trials of high school. The representation of homosexuality was pleasing to see and Simon’s story of coming out and his first relationship with another boy seemed genuine and authentic. There was mounds of diversity present with (of course) gay characters, lesbian characters, African-American characters and Jewish characters.
The plot wasn’t undeniably shocking in the fact that there weren’t really things that I wasn’t necessarily anticipating, but it’s a story of a blossoming online relationship and I couldn’t help but smile. The book had its fair share of hysterical and adorable moments and I laughed out loud numerous times.
Overall, Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda is an uplifting novel brimming with diversity and relatability. It’s definitely a book that will make you smile and giggle with joy.