Title: Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda
Author: Becky Albertalli
Genre: YA Contemporary
Number of Pages: 320
My Rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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.
This was a pretty good contemporary. I know I’m usually pretty cynical about contemporaries, but I’ve stumbled upon a few really good ones lately! This is certainly one of them. I think the best part of this book is the romance between Blue and Simon. The love is adorable! I found myself squealing and “awwwww”ing all the time. I have to say, I was SO sure that I knew who Blue was…all the way up until a few pages before the actual reveal. Obviously, I was wrong on who I thought Blue was, but I’m satisfied by who he ended up being.
Simon is just so loveable. I mean, honestly. He’s one of the most loveable protagonists that I’ve come across in a while. He’s sweet, sincere, and hilarious. I mean, seriously. He’s snarky and obsessed with Harry Potter. He’s basically my spirit animal. I also really appreciated how sweet and supportive his family was. His crazy family kind of reminds me of my own, so it made them a little more endearing.
Now for the only hang ups I had. I will say that the beginning was a little slow, but by the middle, the story had picked up. I’ll also say that I sometimes had a hard time keeping up with the whole Leah/Nick/Abby situation. It was a little exhausting. It wasn’t until after I finished the book and thought about it that I realized that yes, the situation was exhausting, but it’s also so REAL for high school students. High school is drama and jealousy and turbulent emotions.
My overall rating is a 4.5 out of 5. I do have it as 4 stars on Goodreads, and I may just change it to 5. This title is a must read for everyone, in my opinion.