Title: Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda (aka Love, Simon)
Author: Becky Albertalli
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.
Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda is such an important book for the lgbt+ community. It is a coming of age, coming out story that I think would have been so important to so many people who were struggling to reveal their identity to the people the held close in their lives for fear of how they or the world might react. I think that this book would have comforted a lot of people if it had been written much sooner, and that it would have given people the confidence to speak.
Simon is one of the few books that has brought me close to tears. I rarely cry at books, so it was a surprise to me that I was so happy by the end of this book, I could have cried happy tears. My main reasonings for reading this book was 1) because it’s been sat on my shelves for absolutely ages and 2) because the Love, Simon movie was coming out and I wanted to read it before I saw it.
The speed of this book was just perfect. I love quick, snappy contemporaries that I can flick through fast and this was one of them. I gobbled it up pretty quickly and I really, really enjoyed it..I mean, that’s obvious because I gave it 5 stars!
Simon is an adorable character who I just loved following. He has such a love for his friends and family which is just lovely. He is part of the theatre club at school and he’s just a high school attending kid. There is nothing that is really special about Simon, but he is such a likeable character and you just instantly root for him. The biggest part of this story is this secret friendship (maybe more) that Simon has with an unidentifiable male called Blue, who he found through the school tumblr page. Blue came out anonymously on the tumblr page, and Simon, as someone who is also gay but no one knows it, contacted Blue. Blue is such an important part in Simon’s life and his development. Reading his interactions with Blue just made me want them to meet each other more and more. I had an inkling of who Blue might be part way through the story, but Becky is good at being quite secretive and not letting us know much.
As mentioned, Simon’s relationship with Blue is an important part of Simon’s development throughout this story. We see how his mood changes and how his interactions change with certain people as Simon tries to figure out who Blue is. Simon is the kind of person who gives himself to a person fully, which I admire. Simon is particularly like this with Blue, despite the fact that Simon doesn’t know who Blue is.
Simon’s friendships with Nick, Leah and Becky are so important in this book. All of his friends are different in some way but they are all incredibly important to him. It’s interesting to see how his friendships change throughout the story, particularly based on some of the things that happen, but I liked all of Simon’s friends in this book, although Leah did sometimes walk on the whiney side of life. I’m looking forward to hearing more about Leah in her own novel that is coming out soon.
With my love for this book being as high as it is, I can’t wait to see the Love, Simon movie that has come out! I hope it lives up to expectations, but based on the reactions of the twitterverse, I think it will!
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