Book Review: SIMON VS. THE HOMO SAPIENS AGENDA

    • SIMON VS. THE HOMO SAPIENS AGENDA
    • Author: Bekcky Albertalli
    • Published: 7th April 2015
    • Read: October 28, 2017
    • 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.

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The book is about Simon (obviously!) and his journey on finding out who Blue is, his secret email-pal , it is about his experiences with his family, friends, and dealing with being blackmailed by Martin who in the process became kinda his friend afterall.

I love this book. To be honest, I had difficulty going into this book, I don’t know if it’s because I was in a book slump or because I thought I am not into contemporary high school romance kind of thing anymore. But then I ended up loving and laughing out loud on this book, and maybe a little bit of *teary eyes*  I never really thought that Blue would be who he is (I am not spoiling you!), I never had a clue. Also, I love Simon’s friends, family and sense of humor. I just love how this speaks volume on sexuality but didn’t make sexuality as the biggest deal about this book, like I hardly mind about Simon’s sexuality. It was all about his life and emotions. I believe that’s a huge sign that Becky Albertalli’s writing is really really good! Lastly, I think what makes this book different from other contemporary books is that the main character is not a loner or friendless or unpopular or bullied. Usually in this kind of genre, it became a habit that it is an easy success if the main character is considered or playing a role of a “loser”, and then deal with his issues alone helplessly. In this case, the main character could also just be an okay person, a regular teenager with some friends, some colleagues, and he is not super smart but he is also part of an organization or drama club. A regular teenager with a story to tell, and it was beautifully written.

This book is going to be a movie soon if you don’t know that yet, it’s going to be called “Love, Simon” so if you enjoyed John Green and David Levithan‘s Will Grayson Will Grayson, you would surely love this book!!!

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