Review: Simon vs the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli

Review: Simon vs the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky AlbertalliSimon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli
on April 7th 2015
Genres: Contemporary, Young Adult
Pages: 320
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four-half-stars

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.

Review:

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.”
“Hilarious, Dad.”

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.

About Becky Albertalli

Becky Albertalli is a clinical psychologist who has had the privilege of conducting therapy with dozens of smart, weird, irresistible teenagers. She also served for seven years as co-leader of a support group for gender nonconforming children in Washington, DC. These days, she lives in Atlanta with her husband and two sons, and writes very nerdy contemporary young adult fiction.

four-half-stars

Author: Cyn

noun. a bum a student again. A master’s student…oooh. procrastinator. reader. eater. sleeper. music listen-er. movie go-er. Loves food too much.

28 Comment

  1. LOVE Simon. It was so adorable and so many great parts to it. Glad you enjoyed it. Great review!!

    1. How can you not, right! Definitely so many wonderful parts 🙂
      Thanks, Grace!

  2. I haven’t read this book! ALL I hear about it is Oreos. (Well, not *all*, but a lot.) 😀 I’m so glad you enjoyed it so much! YA needs more rep and strong, non-toxic friendships. I have the author’s next book but I haven’t read it yet. I hope you enjoy it when you get a chance to read it.

    Great review, Cyn! Have a wonderful weekend. =)

    Alyssa @ The Eater of Books!

    1. I picked up her new book too! Hopefully it’s as good as this one 😉 I hope you enjoy it, too! Thanks, Alyssa!

  3. a lot of people absolutely adored this book, it’s great to see your love for it. I’m really going to have to look into itl

    1. Yes, definitely do! You won’t regret it!

  4. I must admit, I’m even later to the party Cyn and still haven’t read this one either. Seeing so many have loved it, I’ve always been a bit hesitant to start in case it doesn’t live up to all the hype. After reading your review, I think I’m ready to take the plunge. I’m super excited now and hope that I enjoy it as much as you have Cyn. Wonderful review! <3

    1. I know it can be scary when there’s all that hype, but it’s totally worth it! I hope you love it, too! Thanks, Kelly!

  5. Sounds like an interesting book. 🙂

    1. It definitely was 🙂

  6. This sounds like a great book! I’m even later to the party 🙂

    I really enjoyed all the parts you singled out and this sounds like a book I need in my life right now. I was thinking I need to have this on my wishlist, but I now know I need it there. 😀

    1. Yes! This is a great book for right now. It’ll definitely put a smile on your face! 😀

  7. You’re not the only one behind on this one. I have it still sitting on my to be read list.

    Ah, this style of coming of age story is pretty much the only YA Contemporary I tolerate these days. Great review and quote choices, Cyn!

    1. Thanks, Sophia Rose! This is worth checking out! Hope you enjoy it 🙂

  8. This is one of those book that has been on my hope to read someday list for a long time. I might need to go snoop in my daughter’s bedroom and check to see if she might have a copy for me to borrow. Simon sounds like a great character.

    1. That was me too haha. Yes, definitely do read it! Simon is a fantastic character. I hope you love it, Carole!

  9. I just read this a couple of weeks ago and LOVED it so so much! Simon was so amazing. I actually missed him after the audiobook was over. I love what you said about seeing Simon and Blue fall in love. Their emails were the best. Great review!

    (Sorry if this posted twice. My internet went out the first time I commented)

    1. Yay, so happy to hear you loved it too, Lori! Those emails were so cute!! Thanks!

  10. Gah, I love this one so much and I’m SO thrilled it’s going to be a movie. I’m really excited for Becky – she deserves it. I thought Simon and Blue’s emails were just adorable. 🙂

    -Lauren

    1. Oh I didn’t know that it was going to be a movie! That’s so exciting! Becky and this book totally deserve all the love!

  11. CYNNN, I’m glad you picked this one up finally! Just in time for the companion sequel, The Upside of Unrequited, which I hope you’ll adore as well. Wasn’t this just the fluffiest, cutest contemporary? I definitely need a reread soon.

    1. Good timing right Aila 😉 I’m so excited to check out Upside of Unrequited!!

  12. This sounds like such a sweet read, glad you enjoyed it. Sometimes, romantic and sweet are what’s needed when reading. I’ll definitely keep an eye on this one. Great review. ~Aleen

    1. Thanks, Aleen! It was definitely a very sweet read worth checking out!

  13. I really need to read this one. I don’t know why I haven’t yet. I don’t think I’ve seen a single bad review.

  14. SO SO CUTE I LOVE THIS BOOK SO MUCH!! The hype was right, eh?!?? This is one of the best hyped books I’ve ever read eeeep.💕💕 I’m so glad you enjoyed it too.

  15. I think I might be late to the party too — haven’t yet got around to this, but my goodness yours and all the other great reviews make him sound freaking adorable!

  16. Awww! I haven’t read this book yet but it just sounds do adorably sweet I’m going to have to!

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