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.
As a side note, don’t you think everyone should have to come out? Why is straight the default? Everyone should have to declare one way or another, and it should be this big awkward thing whether you’re straight, gay, bi or whatever. I’m just saying.
Slow clap for Ms. Albertalli. It’s not often that you come across a book so thought-inspiring. I had to take notes of all the things I wanted to point out that I thought were amazing about this book.
First of, I want to start with the diversity of characters, it was about time that every couple stopped being white and straight and for every gay character to follow the same stereotype. This book breaks through and brings you an amazing assemble of characters with different sexual orientations, races and religion. With the mention of diverse and (sometimes) controversial topics such as slavery. One thing that I had realize I hadn’t read much about until I came across this book were interracial couples, it’s kind of sad how little we read about that. I loved how Ms. Albertalli didn’t make a deal out of the differences of the characters instead trying to point out more clearly what actually makes us similar to one another. Simon’s story is one of coming of age and trying to find a place were you belong, all told through honest and real statements through Simon’s POV, with a spoonful of teenage love.
Simon was in many ways my spirit animal, from his thoughts about life and society to his deep love for Harry Potter and Oreos I have to agree with this guy. I mean, who can resist oreo milkshakes. AAAHHHH! I’m so tempted to say who Blue is so I can comment on how cute I find oreo’s now (just wait for the end of the book), but I won’t do it because it is so worthy to try and guess who the mysterious guy is. In the meantime I will say that probably the e-mail chapters were my favorite, the humor and flirting was so special. *swoons* In addition to all these, the use of fandom slang and the references to different “urban tribes” and their likes are so very welcomed. And as I was saying, trying to always point out the similarities between each other.
I have just a couple of complains about the book (which aren’t really complains to be honest) I’m just really picky I guess because the book is the closest thing to perfection I’ve ever seen. The beginning feels a bit abrupt, like there is a piece missing and the hate towards Martin feels a bit too much to me. I understand where it comes from and I, in any way, think that what Simon feels is understandable (I’ve never been in any of the positions so I can’t really say), but I feel like Simon, beingsomeone who has his share of problems with being understood, he should be able to be more compassionate towards Martin.
Anyway, Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda is a very thought-provoking cute read and the ending definitely left me wanting more. Becky Albertalli is someone to watch out for, she is up and coming.
Stars: 4,5 i-can’t-wait-to-see-what-she-writes-in-the-future stars
Amazon Kindle link: Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda