Simon vs. The Homo Sapiens Agenda Book Review

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Author : Becky Albertalli
Publisher : Balzer+Bray (HarperCollins)
Total Page Numbers : (American Hardcover) 303
Genre : YA / LGBT+
ISBN-13 :  978-0062348678
Rating (Out of 5 Stars) : 4


Summary of Book:
Simon Spier is finally getting used to high school and his anonymous-secret-internet-boyfriend, codenamed Blue. Until... Someone accidentally stumbles upon Simon’s messages to Blue and risks outing him to the whole Creekwood High School. Simon has to figure out if he will risk him and Blue being outed and his new relationship and friendships are on the line as well. Simon vs. The Homo Sapiens Agenda is about the reality of high school and trying to figure out your identity that also includes lots and lots of… Oreos?


What I Thought:
This book was so great. I have so much to say but it’s really hard to say it in words. Becky Albertalli came the closest of anything i've read to a depiction of high school in YA. THe way she deals with sexuality and coming out is so perfect and logical that it simply makes sense. There were a few things she touched on in her story that I’d like to talk about. 1. On page 56 Simon expresses his feelings on coming out by saying, “I’m tired of coming out. All I ever do is come out… And every freaking time, I have to reintroduce myself to the universe all over again.” THIS! THISSSS! It makes so much sense how it would feel like that and I applaud Albertalli for being able to put this complex feeling into words! At another point in the story (on exactly page 146), in one of Simon’s e-mails to Blue, He says, “Don’t you think everyone should have to come out? Why is straight the default? Everyone should have to declare one way or another, and it should be this big awkward thing whether you’re straight, gay, bi, or whatever.” Again, THIS! Straight shouldn’t be the default, if anything it would be bi, but that’s not the point. The point is that there is no default but that there also is because if not then this wouldn’t be a problem. Okayyyy so now for spoilers. This next section will be written in white and if you have read the book then just highlight over it to read! I KNEW WHO BLUE WAS THE SECOND THEY MENTIONED BRAMS IN ENGLISH CLASS. That little seemingly insignificant scene with the whole graded paper thing? I KNEW IT. I loved how their e-mails to each other became increasingly flirtatious and the last chapter where they finally get “together” made me so happy! XD The way that Simon came out to his parents was the bomb. How he was just like “No seriously, I’m gay.” that was so great. I was so PISSED at Martin and I hated when we started to like him because he was just such a ******* ******* THE WHOLE BOOK. Why couldn’t he just leave Abby alone? Give it up? It mad me mad that I felt bad for him when he started to cry after confronting Simon but I was also HAPPY because it was Simon’s moment to come out when he was ready and Martin didn’t respect that.
So I guess that’s all I have to say! Please read this book if you haven’t and come back to discuss and shoot me an e-mail cuz this book deserved to be talked about and whew I’m glad I read it. I’ll be posting more often hopefully! Subscribe to get updates when I post, thanks! xoxo

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