Review: Simon vs. The Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli


Overall: 5/5 Stars
Characters: 5/5
Setting: 5/5
Plot and Themes: 5/5
Awesomeness Factor: 5/5
Review In A Nutshell: Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda is the perfect book for someone looking for a funny, adorable, and just overall amazing read. If you’re looking for a great LGBT book- why haven’t you read this already?!

“Why is straight the default? Everyone should have to declare one way or another, and it shouldn’t be this big awkward thing whether you’re straight, gay, bi, or whatever. I’m just saying.”

//Content warning: blackmail, being outed as gay//

I could talk for days about how great this book is, but I’ll try to limit it as much as I can. Simon vs. The Homo Sapiens Agenda follows Simon Spier, a closeted 16-year-old who has been talking through email to another closeted gay guy at his school. The catch is- he has no clue who ‘Blue’ is. The situation is made worse when Simon’s email falls into the wrong hands and he gets blackmailed by the class clown.

This book is filled with a witty and fun writing style – that still manages to bring out tears when the plot calls for it – relatable characters, and just so much heart. I tore through these pages, invested in these fictional lives that felt so true and honest. This book kept me glued to the words on the page, laughing and crying with these amazing characters throughout the story.

“The way I feel about him is like a heartbeat — soft and persistent, underlying everything.” 

Becky Albertalli’s characters live and breathe on those pages, even the characters we don’t see often. You can tell how much work she put into creating Simon as well as his friends and family. His story, and the stakes, all feel real, and you feel for him. Simon perfectly portrays what it’s like to be gay and in the closet, afraid of showing the world who you are.

The message of this story is so important. Yes, a lot of coming-of-age stories are about acceptance, embracing yourself and being who you are, but there’s something special about Simon’s. There’s something special about this book. It’s not one you would want to miss.

“People really are like house with vast rooms and tiny windows. And maybe it’s a good thing, the way we never stop surprising each other.” 

Pros– LGBT!, honest and real, amazing writing, funny, quick read
Cons– Simon can be such an idiot but its okay we all love him
Overall– 5/5 stars.
Simon vs. The Homo Sapiens Agenda is the perfect contemporary. This book will take over your life, and you will be so glad it did.

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Note: This review was originally written for my other blog, and had been written months ago. Follow my blog to see new reviews twice a week, and please be patient as I transfer over old posts to the new website!

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