Title: Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda
Author: Becky Albertalli
Publication 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.
Review: I was SOOO not prepared for the epic cuteness that is Simon and Blue! After months of hearing non-stop about this book I finally gave it a shot and I almost died of cuteness overload! Is that a thing? Because it wouldn’t be a bad way to go at all, just saying…
I was instantly hooked from the very first line of the book because the main issue was introduced right off the bat (Simon gets blackmailed). Becky Albertalli sure knows how to pique interest and keep it up the entire way through the book. Her writing is just so flawlessly witty, sarcastic, and funny, and the world she has created is so beautiful. There was so much authenticity to the story, and I love how the LGBTQ characters were handled! Simon and Blue’s emails were so much fun to read because they were just so heartfelt and nothing felt fake about their relationship.
I also adored the secondary characters as well! Leah was just so different and she had so much spunk about her! She wasn’t afraid to get real and be blunt about everything. Abby was just so much fun and so vibrant. Nick was such a guy’s guy, with his sports and video games and his incessant crush on Abby. All the characters were just so perfect and they complimented each other. I even kind of loved Marty (even though he was technically the bad guy) as a character because while he had a twisted agenda, he could be funny and adorkable.
Now let me just take a moment to shed some light on my newfound love for Simon Spier. I felt like I totally related to him on a personal level. He was so witty and sarcastic and smart and I found similarities in our outside-the-box ways of thinking. Throughout the novel he grew so much as a person, shedding the weight of his secret and proudly displaying his authentic self.
This book wasn’t just about Simon coming out, though. It was about friendship, love, hurt, overcoming fear, breaking down stereotypes, diversity, lies, betrayal, self-love, and so much more. There were so many powerful messages and themes in this beautiful book. The story just has so much heart and soul and it had me giddy and smiling from ear to ear and squealing every ten seconds.
I totally fell head over heels for this story and it made me feel so many things all at once. This book was a definite roller coaster of emotions for me. I need more Becky Albertalli right now! Her writing was a breath of fresh air to me and I almost wish the book went on forever.
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