Simon vs the Homo Sapien’s Agenda by Becky Albertalli
Publisher: Balzer + Bray
Published: April 7th 2015
Summary: 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.
So I really loved Simon! I loved this book! I’m shocked I haven’t read this book before I did! I had it for a while so I’m just glad I decided to check it out!
Now I just gotta wait for my friend to read it because once she’s done reading it we said we’re going to watch the movie together! I’m excited!
But damn I loved all the characters, I felt for them and I just adored them like they were my own friends. I forgot after reading Upside how much of an amazing writer Becky Albertalli is. She’s able to make characters so fleshed out and so real to you that you just fall head-first into their stories. I mean with Simon you can’t help but do that.
Simon is the sweetest guy, and he’s so funny and silly, and his friend group is great! They’re so different but so right for each other. It made me wish for that in my high school days. I wasn’t able to go to breakfast with my high school friends, I lived an hour away from my school so once I’d get out I would rush straight home to beat the traffic. We never got the chance to be like “hey let’s go to Denny’s and chill for a few hours and chat!” But I love that this character has that experience in his story and that his friend group was so great!
Simon and Blue’s emails to each other were cool to read. I liked seeing every aspect of their relationship grow. Their friendship was rad, and see that grow into something more was something I loved so much. They put so much of themselves into those emails so it was great seeing that side of them both even though it was from Simon’s POV.
Martin was annoying, and an ass. I didn’t like him but I thought it was brave of Simon to be so willing to forgive him for what he was doing to him. All to get the attention of a girl who didn’t even like him.
But Leah I think I had issues with. She just felt mean. She would get mad over everything and take offense over everything and so she wasn’t someone I cared too much about. I don’t know, something about her rubbed me the wrong way I think.
Blue was a sweetheart and I didn’t expect him to be who he was at all! I thought it was so many other people and I loved that reveal! But I love that they’re so shy and sweet with each other now. It’s the cutest thing to see!
There’s just so much I wish I could articulate about this novel that I loved and I just think it’s something everyone should read. I think a lot of people who don’t feel heard and just don’t see themselves will see themselves in these characters. This book is just something I recommend for everyone to read. Simon has something for everyone! You’ll love it! Trust me!
Have you read Simon before? Have you read any of her other books? What did you think??