Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda
By Becky Albertalli
Reading Level: Medium
Review: 5 / 5
“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.” (Goodreads)
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Hello my fellow bibliophiles! Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli is an incredibly touching novel, that epitomizes everything that is being a teenager. Albertalli sets out to thematically explore how self-discovery and identity is correlated to a person’s sexual orientation, but more importantly, how they are influenced by our family and our peers.
The protagonist, Simon Spier, undergoes major character development, as seen by his personal transformation when he begins to openly admit that he is homosexual. He is originally very anxious that anybody should find out about his sexual orientation, and the only solace he finds is with his email correspondence with Blue, another covertly gay teenager.
Whilst this book is not necessarily the most difficult read, it contains several subtleties that I believe would go unnoticed unless you are a seasoned reader, specifically the relationships. And furthermore, it so accurately describes group dynamics, and the irrationality present when feelings are involved.
I genuinely believe that this is a book that all teenagers should be reading. It teaches an acceptance of people who deviate from the norm, it proves that these people are not really all that different, and, most vital of all, it teaches you appreciate yourself.
So, if you want something that will make your year, this is the book for you. It is sweet, it is funny, it is heartbreaking… it is everything that I want in a book
Just some quotes to prove how amazing this author is:
“He talked about the ocean between people. And how the whole point of everything is to find a shore worth swimming to.”
“Sometimes it seems like everyone knows who I am except me.”
“Nothing is worse than the secret humiliation of being insulted by proxy.”
”The way I feel about him is like a heartbeat—soft and persistent, underlying everything.”
Anyway, have a wonderfully bookish day, and I will see you soon!