on April 7th 2015
Genres: Contemporary, Young Adult
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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.
Okay, so I’m pretty late to this party, but holy cow, I understand! I seriously just adored Simon and his adventure to figuring out high school, love and life. Simon is gay, but his family and friends don’t know it yet. He’s met a cute boy online and life is going swell. Until blackmail happens and suddenly Simon’s life is a whirlwind of unexpected happenings!
Here are some of many, many reasons why to read and love Simon!
1) Simon! You can’t help but love him. He’s endearing, awkward, and cheerful. He has bouts of teen angst and teen stupidity (it can’t be help, it’s literally how teenage-dom works). In other words, Simon’s super relatable and you just want to root for him.
It’s strange, because in reality, I’m not the leading guy. Maybe I’m the best friend.
2) Simon and Blue’s emails. Okay. These two are the freak’n cuteness. Simon doesn’t figure out who Blue is until the end, but you can literally see them fall in love in these letters they send to each other. The chemistry, the connection, the flirting, the adorableness! Also, their discussion about the homosexual agenda versus homo sapiens agenda is fantastic.
I’m glad I was cute and grammatical. I think you’re cute and grammatical, too.
3) Real friendships! Okay, so Simon and his friends, Nick, Abby, and Leah, are definitely not the perfect friends to each other. But that’s what makes it so good. It’s realistic. It’s making mistake and trying to make to up when you’ve done something stupid and forgiving your friends, because they are your friends.
4) Loving family. I loved Simon and his family. And again, definitely not perfect, but I love that they’re there for each other, awkward dad jokes and all.
“Is it another awkward anecdote about me breast-feeding?”
“Oh my God, you were all about the boob,” my dad says. “I can’t believe you turned out to be gay.”
5) For the love of Oreo. Make sure you have Oreos on hand because Simon makes a good argument for why Oreos are the only food group that matters. And cake. Lots and lots of birthday cake!
6) The ending. Aka. figuring out who Blue is. I seriously awww‘ed out loud. It was so ridiculously sweet and adorable and fantastic. I just loved it to bits.
The way I feel about him is like a heartbeat — soft and persistent, underlying everything.
Overall, Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda is a fantastic coming of age story. It’s real and relatable and it’s adorably funny to boot. Simon is a perfect narrator that brings all the feels. Albertalli really gives us a great diverse story with lovable characters that’ll make you fall in love with them in no time. Definitely don’t miss out on it.
a bum a student again. A master’s student…oooh. procrastinator. reader. eater. sleeper. music listen-er. movie go-er. Loves food too much.