Author: Becky Albertalli
Publisher / Publishing Date: April 7th, 2015 by Balzer + Bray
Source: Barnes & Noble
About: 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. (Goodreads)
Last winter, I read Simon V.S. the Homo Sapiens Agenda and immediately fell in love with the characters and the whole entire aspect of the book. Now, I actually own the book and there’s this huge idiotic smile plastered on my face because I can finally say that I actually own a book like this one. I can’t believe that I haven’t done a review on the book yet though! It is great to say that now I have reread the book and I am finally doing a review on it now.
Simon V.S. the Homo Sapiens Agenda is about sixteen year old Simon Spier who is not-so-openly gay and he’s actually kind of scared to come out to everyone. When a classmate finds his emails written and from a pen pal named Blue, Simon starts to worry that he is going to get blackmailed, and that his secret is actually going to come out.
This book is honestly so life-changing and such an inspiring read. Simon is gay, but that isn’t all that the story revolves around. It is about Simon’s personal growth and learning about himself. It is also about falling in love and expanding into the world of high school, trying to get through and making it out alive in one piece.
I love how the story was in Simon’s point of view because we get to see what it is like in his mind, walking in his shoes, for the whole entire story. We don’t get to see him just going to school and coming back home. We get to see him live out his life from hanging out with his tight-knit group of friends to the emails with Blue which are insanely so cute and so adorable.
“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.”
The characters were so insanely amazing! Simon was just so adorable and so relatable. He loves Harry Potter and actually makes Harry Potter puns and he even dresses up as a Dementor, which is insanely cool by the way. He has a strong passion for Oreos also and he even has an Oreo diet, which sounds so good, but so unhealthy at the same time. Honestly, Simon is the best friend that we have always wanted to have in our life.
The mystery of who is Blue is so crazy good! Blue is also the sweetest and most cutest person in the whole entire world. He just related so much to Simon too and plus, it is so hard to find out who Blue is. Round of applause to Becky for managing to keep the secret for about almost three hundred pages.
I haven’t read a book like Simon V.S. the Homo Sapiens Agenda before. I really liked how this book was so relatable because it isn’t easy coming out at all. It is so hard and challenging, especially if you are a teen because it is like entering another universe. Even though some people doubted Simon for being gay, there were still people who loved him and accepted him for who he was.
“And you know what? You don’t get to say it’s not a big thing. This is a big fucking thing, okay? This was supposed to be—this is mine. I’m supposed to decide when and where and who knows and how I want to say it.”
I love absolutely everything about this book. It is perfect, well-written, and so relatable today. Honestly, I am so thankful that this book is around today because it definitely opens your eyes to another world because you get to see Simon’s world and a million other people’s world who are just like his. ★★★★★
P.S! They also have a movie, and it came out on DVD a couple weeks ago, but you should go and see it if you want. I haven’t seen it yet, but I heard that it is really good. If you feel like you want to check it out, check out the trailer below, featuring Nick Robinson (Jurassic World, The 5th Wave) and Katherine Langford. (13 Reasons Why)