Circa not blogging yet, Becky Albertalli’s book was the most anticipated book of April 2015. As much as I wanted to read her book, I was not able to buy it till January 2016. So when I finally had my free time last April, I picked it up and never looked back.
Title: Simon VS. The Homo Sapiens Agenda
Author: Becky Albertalli
Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary, LGBT
Date Published: 7th of April 2015
Publisher: Balzer + Bray
Source: Paperback, bought from Fully Booked
Rating: 4.27/5 on Goodreads
Buy it on: Amazon
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.
I have to include this bit. While I was reading the book, I shamelessly live-tweeted Becky Albertalli. I was so giddy while I was reading it, plus I had these thoughts where I need to know what Simon looks like. Becky, the oh-so supportive fangirl that she is, was so generous and kind enough to answer my queries. It was a first for me, but I have no shame. Simon is love. Simon is life.
Basically, I gobbled this book in a day. I had a personal read-a-thon and this was the second book that I finished. And it was just the right one. Hands down to Becky Albertalli. She is definitely the queen of fluff. I cannot stress how much I need a Simon Spier in my life right now. I was smiling like an idiot. I was actually spoiled for this book because I searched for fanart, and it was caused by my own carelessness. Just remember not to Google fanart if you still don’t know who Blue is. But even after those events, I still ended up loving every single bit of this book.
Simon VS. The Homo Sapiens Agenda is like the Oreo version of a young adult novel. It’s the sweetest thing that you will ever read. Once you have read it, you will always look for it and want it. The aftertaste is equally sweet that it will give you a fluffy feeling because of the satisfying ending. It was the perfect helping of Oreo that you need.
In all that is good in the world, Simon Spier is the cherry on top. He is an admirable male lead who is generally a good guy with a big heart for his family and friends. He finds himself when he meets Blue, and the book is all about Simon’s journey to finally come out. On a scale of 1 to supportive, Simon is off the charts. Just by reading the book, you would have to wonder why anyone would want to antagonize Simon’s life. (looking at you Martin)
You can expect a lot of sweet moments. Basically, Simon’s life is in this huge pool of hug-worthy personas, mainly: Blue, his family, and his friends.
Blue is another whole bag of unicorns and rainbows. His identity is very intriguing, considering the fact that Simon goes all giddy for him. The truth about Blue’s identity will keep you at the edge of your seat.You can say that Blue will steal some scenes of the book, but I can assure you that Simon’s voice is powerful enough to remind you that he is still the main character.
And of course this review is not complete without mentioning the great family aspect involved. Simon has the most loving parents and siblings, especially since they support Simon in what he does. Same with his friends, who I would have to say seem to have a world of their own. In my world, I would love Leah to have a book of her own.
I highly recommend that you read this book if you are down in the dumps, and if you need something to lift your spirits up. It is very easy to fall in love with Becky Albertalli’s writing, because it just so darn fluffy. Not only does it speak to young adults, but it also gets in your heart very quickly. It also gives an important lesson that your family and friends are a good support system. This book has a solid place on the male leads corner. Simon is basically a king next to Charlie. Just pick up this book already if you haven’t yet. Solid 5 stars all the way.
Becky Albertalli is the epitome of awesomeness. No words can describe her greatness is writing fiction, and she is as sweet as an Oreo.
Becky Albertalli is a clinical psychologist who has had the privilege of conducting therapy with dozens of smart, weird, irresistible teenagers. She also served for seven years as co-leader of a support group for gender nonconforming children in Washington, DC. She now lives with her family in Atlanta. SIMON VS. THE HOMO SAPIENS AGENDA is her first novel.
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