Simon vs the Homo Sapiens Agenda - Book Review

Friday, 16 March 2018

Started: March 9, 2018 | Finished: March 14, 2018

Simon vs the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli
Published by Penguin on April 7th, 2015
Genre: YA, Contemporary
Pages: 303
Book Edition: Paperback
No. of times read: 1
Links: Goodreads

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.
Rating: 4/5

My Review:

The premise of this book makes you feel like there would be lots of drama involved with blackmail and whatnot, but it was very lighthearted and sweet and I enjoyed that about it. Simon is an amazing main character! I found him very sweet, smart and witty which is all the things you want for a character. I wasn't a fan of what Martin did to Simon, it's very unfair to blackmail someone into trying to help you get a girlfriend. I found that very cowardly and cruel despite how genuine he was, especially towards the end.

The romance between Simon and Blue though was what was so gripping about this book. You wanted to know who Blue was and when was Simon going to find out. I guessed pretty early on about who Blue was, but I was more excited for Simon to find out for himself, and I love the way the book went about it. The supporting characters were also so great in this book! I loved Simon's family, they seemed to very fun and down-to-earth. Simon's friends were awesome!! Although another qualm I had was how they really kind of abandoned Leah a lot in this book. I guess because I know Leah is going to have her own book coming out soon, I expected Simon to be closest with her, and to find out that, while she was one of his best friends, they weren't as close as I thought. So I was a little disappointed about that. Luckily he makes up for it in the end, and it does leave me excited for her book when it comes out.

Overall, I really enjoyed this book. It was a quick, fun read and I would recommend it especially if you're planning to see the movie like I am.

Book vs TV Show: Thirteen Reasons Why

Thursday, 15 March 2018

Book vs Show: 
Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher


You can't stop the future. You can't rewind the past. The only way to learn the secret. . . is to press play.

Clay Jensen doesn't want anything to do with the tapes Hannah Baker made. Hannah is dead. Her secrets should be buried with her.

Then Hannah's voice tells Clay that his name is on her tapes-- and that he is, in some way, responsible for her death.

All through the night, Clay keeps listening. He follows Hannah's recorded words throughout his small town. . .

. . .and what he discovers changes his life forever.

When this series came out on Netflix last year, I watched it right away and was just blown away by how powerful and thought provoking it was. It was a show that stayed with you, and made you think and realize that your words and actions matter. They can have an impact that you may not realize, and you need to choose wisely on the things you say and do, especially during your teenage years where everyone around you is trying to figure out who they are.

Basically I'm reiterating a bit of what I said yesterday in my book review because I think it's important. Now I'm going to get into the differences between the book and show, and which I preferred. So I'm leaving this on the assumption that if you're reading this then you've read the book, or seen the show, or both.

One of the biggest differences between the show and book is that Clay finishes the tapes all in one night in the book whereas on the show he takes his time with them. Another is the way in which Hannah chooses to go about her suicide is different in the book. In the book she swallows a bunch of pills, and in the show she cuts her wrists. Both are horrifying, but I found seeing the show version was so much more horrifying for me. 

What I liked about the show is that you got to see more backstory for not just Clay and Hannah, but everyone involved in the tapes. With the book, it's told only from Clay and Hannah's perspectives so you don't have much insight on the other characters and how they were dealing with the aftermath of Hannah's suicide and listening to the tapes. I also liked that in the show you got to see Hannah's parents and get more story on what was going on with them. Throughout the book there's not much mention at all of her parents, and I found that a bit odd. 

With the book, the ending is very closed and it didn't make you feel like you needed more, you can pretty much imagine where things go from there. But the show is the complete opposite, it left you with so many questions that if there wasn't a second season, I would've been very disappointed! Speaking of, I hope we get word soon when we'll be seeing Season 2. There's so much that I need to know after it ended. I think because I watched the show first, it lessened my book experience. Usually the books are the ones that are more fleshed out while the adaption of the book misses things, but it was the complete opposite of this for me.

For that, I think it's pretty obvious..
Show wins over Book

What did you think? Do you agree or did you prefer the book over the tv show?

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