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.

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