Book Review: Simon vs. The Homo Sapiens Agenda


Simon vs. The Homo Sapiens Agenda
by Becky Albertalli
Rating: ★★★★★

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.

This book turned me into such a giggling, heart-eyed girl. I didn’t mean to read the whole thing so quickly but once I started I just couldn’t stop. I’m so glad I read this book because it was wonderfully written with such well-developed characters. It was really such a lighthearted book about a teenager that gets into the usual trouble of drinking with his friends, having a crush on someone but not saying a word and rehearsing for the school musical. But it is also a deeply emotional book about a teenage boy and his struggle to remain himself without being stereotyped as the gay guy or having it be his whole identity.

“I want to hold your hand.” “So hold it.”

This book follows Simon throughout his year of coming out and finding love – two things he wasn’t really planning on doing anytime soon. Simon talks to another guy in his school, that he found through the school Tumblr page, that happens to be gay as well but they have no idea about the other person’s identity. These emails progress throughout the book as they grow closer and share all the details of their lives that they couldn’t share with anyone else. They’re so adorable and they have such sweet and hilarious conversations that make me want to jump up and down and shriek!

“This was supposed to be- this is mine. I’m supposed to decide when and where and so knows and how I want to say it.”

Simon was such a lovable guy and so insightful already at his age about what he wanted and how he felt about himself. He was truly so confident and comfortable in his own skin most of the time. Of course, he had low and high points throughout the book but he handled himself so well and I’m so jealous of his awesome personality. I’m also so happy that Simon fell in love because I ship them together so much! They’re definitely going to be that overly loved up couple that they make fun of because they’re clearly already so deeply in love! From the first line, they interacted I hoped he would be Blue and I was so glad when he actually was because I didn’t want it to be anyone else.

He also had some amazing friends and family surrounding him. There were a couple fights throughout this book but they shared such a great friendship and mostly resolved everything. I’m also jealous of all the amazing and awesome things they did in high school since my experience was about 5% fun and wild in comparison. Although, there was one character I hated throughout the majority of the book and that was Martin. I’m not really sure how I feel about him now that I’ve finished it but I understand the situation better.I really can’t recommend this book enough but I hope everyone reads it at least once!

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– Kirra

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