Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli | Review

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Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli | ReviewSimon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda Published by Balzer + Bray on April 7, 2015
Genres: Contemporary
Pages: 303
Format: Hardcover
Source: Library

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.

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To begin, let me start off by saying that this book has been getting so much hype. Was I a bit nervous about this? Yes. Was the hype false? No.


Simon vs. the Homo-Sapien’s Agenda follows none other than Simon Spier himself, a boy who has been corresponding with another guy online named Blue. Both of them are falling for each other though neither knows who they are really talking to. All they know is that they go to the same school. They have both been keeping their sexual orientation a secret too, as neither of them has come out. Will they ever be able to meet in real life?
I FREAKING LOVED THIS BOOK. I immediately fell for the wonderful character that is Simon. He’s so awesome and I adored his love for Oreos. I mean, come on. Oreos will forever be the best cookie. Especially the red velvet or minty ones. ANYWHO, Simon was just such an honest character. He really grew and developed throughout the story and I loved being with him when he went through life changes.

I also really liked Blue. He was very mysterious and I get why he was scared of being honest and coming out. Some people can be really cruel about it. It’s sad that people have to be scared and worried about being themselves! Everyone should be able to be themselves and not be worried about others personally attacking them.
One thing worth mentioning about this book is the amazing lessons that Albertalli has expertly interwoven throughout. Simon had so many realizations that make so much sense:

“White shouldn’t be the default any more than straight should be the default. There shouldn’t even be a default.”
“Why is straight the default? Everyone should have to declare one way or another, and it shouldn’t be this big awkward thing whether you’re straight, gay, bi, or whatever. I’m just saying.”
All I know is this book is one that you want to read and have in your life. It’s quirky, fun, and even includes some wonderful lessons. Plus, the characters are amazing! Oh, and the Oreos. Let’s not forget the Oreos.
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  1. OMG, so excited that you loved this book! I really really want to read it. To the point where I feel a bit guilty that I haven't yet, hahaha. Love how many books you review on your site! I'm so excited to get a million new book recommendations by reading them all 🙂

  2. I've heard such good things about this one, so I don't know why I haven't picked it up yet! I definitely need to because it sounds like Simon and Blue are precious together!

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