Simon vs the Homo Sapiens Agenda
by Becky Albertalli
E-book, 199 pages
Published 2015 by HarperCollins
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.
BLESSING YOUR FEED WITH LOVE AND HAPPINESS BY POSTING THIS REVIEW!!! (ﾉ◕ヮ◕)ﾉ*:・ﾟ✧
Someone please stop me from smiling because THIS BOOK IS ADORABLE!
I know this book was EVERYWHERE and everyone loves it and I should read it sooner, but I guess I just wasn’t really interested with the blurb. I’m only reading it because a) everyone seems to love it and b) everyone seems to be craaaazyyyy about oreo after reading.
Really, oreo should pay Becky Albertalli for free promotion of their products.
Sadly I have to report that I wasn’t in love with it, BUT I did enjoyed it. A lot. Better than my expectations, in fact, because I can’t stop smiling everytime I think about this book and the adorableness it has. And I have to admit I’m still not crazy about oreos ha. I just think they are too sweet.
Anyways. Pretty much all of you already knows what this book is all about, so let’s just talk about what I enjoyed and not from this book!
What I liked ༼ノ◕ヮ◕༽ノ︵┻━┻
- The characters. All of them are so freaking adorable! We have Simon who’s very VERY soft and cuddly, Blue- who’s even softer than Simon (◕‿◕✿). Then we have Nick, Abby, Leah, Garrett, Bram, Cal, Taylor… they don’t really get a lot of screen time but they all seem like super nice person and I’d love to get to know them! Heck, even Martin.
- Creekwood is not a perfect place, there are still horrible people but I love that Simon is surrounded by people who would protect him at all cost!
- Then we also have Simon’s family, who is VERY close with each other. Simon is a teenager™ so yeah, he’s not telling everything to his parents (neither his siblings) but they talk. They communicate. They eat dinner together, they have traditions, they are supportive, and most importantly, they are NOT embarrassed with each other- something I found very common in YA books.
- THE COUPLE, BECAUSE OH MY GOOOOODDD (人◕ω◕)
What I liked less (◕︿◕✿)
- The writing, which is weird because the story is easy to get into. I guess it’s just been a while since I’ve read YA contemporary- or any book at all- that uses such a casual language (texting, cursing, you know). In fact the last YA contemporary I read was The Summer of Chasing Mermaids months ago, and it has a poetic prose.
- So yeah, I was squirming at first. It took a while to get used to.
- Leah. I can relate to her but at the same time, I can’t. She’s very self conscious and afraid to get hurt, which is why she has this whole cynical attitude, but it doesn’t hurt to be a bit nicer. And actually attend school events because she has a tight group of friends who always there for each other and goes way back and yeah.
- It’s kinda uncomfortable reading about Leah because she can be too mean at times, but I do sympathize with her.
Overall? YEAH I ENJOYED IT. I should read this book sooner, and all the other regrets. But it happened. And I read it. Now it’s time for me to see the movie.
If you haven’t read the book: GO READ IT!!