REVIEW: SIMON VS. THE HOMO SAPIENS AGENDA by Becky Albertalli

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SIMON VS. THE HOMO SAPIENS AGENDA
by Becky Albertalli
Published: April 7th 2015
Publisher: Blazer + Bray
Source: Audible
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.

My Thoughts: 

As a reader, I find myself always searching for that book that will play on all my emotions and make me remember it long after I have finished the last word. SIMON VS. THE HOMO SAPIENS AGENDA by Becky Albertalli is just that book, for it is smart and witty filled with such amazing dialogue and heart squeezing moments that you cannot help but smile. This coming of age story about coming out is nothing short of genius.

“It feels like we’re the last survivors of a zombie apocalypse. Wonder Woman and a gay dementor. It doesn’t bode well for the survival of the species.”  

This book showcases the life of a gay teen, Simon Spier and he is on the cusp of telling the world that he is gay but he just isn't quite there yet. Perfect timing and lots of courage is what Simon is looking for and he begins to find through an email relationship with someone named Blue. Thru these electronic interactions Blue becomes Simon's confidant and possibly something more, but it all could come to a crashing halt when his not-ready-to-come-out secret is used against him in the game of "love". Now this is when the story gets really interesting.

Simon, in fear of having his secret revealed before he is even remotely ready, gives into the blackmail but all his attempts seem to work against him. His fear and anxiety push him into situations that are just too painful to witness but so funny that you cannot help but push your book away, laugh and then get right back to reading it. What I found so sweet about Simon's dilemma is that he leaned on Blue during these times a bit more and their witty banter and flirting was the stuff that dreams are made off. Watching Simon open up to Blue and voice his feelings made me giddy.

 “There's something about you that makes me want to open up, and that's slightly terrifying to me.” 
  
Besides wanting to bear hug Simon and Blue because of their never ending cuteness. This book has a tremendous cast of characters that I wished that they were my actual friends back in high school. No lie! Well, maybe not everyone but you get the idea. Besides Simon's friends I also adored his family and although they could be a bit "too much" at times you could feel how much they loved him and listened to him and were open enough that I found them believable. I think that his interactions with his family were some of my favorite moments in the book. 

“I'm sorry," she says. "Did we make it a big deal?"

"Oh my God. Seriously? You guys make everything a big deal."

"Really?" she says.

"When I started drinking coffee. When I started shaving . When I got a girlfriend."

"That stuff is exciting," she says.

"It's not that exciting," I say. "It's like—I don't even know. You guys are so freaking obsessed with everything I do. It's like I can't change my socks without someone mentioning it."

"Ah," says my dad. "So, what you're trying to say is that we're really creepy."

"Yes," I say. 

See what I mean? How could you not just fall in love with these characters and all their moments together. Although there was a moment went Simon and his best friend caused me a bit of anxiety and I fretted over the outcome. Yet, I understood both sides and how sometimes the hardest thing in the world is to tell your friend the truth but Becky Albertalli has mad skills and she made it work.

The only thing that I did like about this book is that it ended. Not that it ended badly, or abruptly, but that Simon and his world that I came to adore stopped moving. I didn't want to say goodbye. I think Simon stated it best.
 
“I like no endings. I like things that don't end.”  

At least it ended with a goofy smile on my face and a possible re-read in my future, heck maybe two or three. Just take a look at all the much deserved hype that this novel is getting.

"Savor it, because you’ll read it for the first time only once. Worthy of Fault in Our Stars-level obsession."

"Albertalli’s sensitive, incisive novel expertly gets at the complexity of identity, the difficulty of change, and the importance of growth."
- Booklist
STARRED REVIEW

"...written with such breathtaking empathy, and such generosity of spirit, that reading this book instead feels sort of like reading a particularly well-put-together journal."

"...over the course of this radically tender debut, we're reminded that while high school mercifully ends, the stumble toward growth continues, one freaking awkward step at a time."

Then when you read Simon VS. the Homo Sapiens Agenda and need to tell Becky Albertalli how much you loved it you have two opportunities where you can tell her in person.

3 comments:

  1. Omgosh yes I absolutely loved and adore this book so much when I read it last year. I didn't want it too end either but I was really glad and happy how everything ending for a perfect HEA for Simon. Thank you for your for your great post and review.

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    1. I'm so excited that Becky has a release coming next year!

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    2. Also, thanks for being our fabulous follower :)

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