Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda
by Becky Albertalli
Hardcover, 303 pages
Published April 7th 2015 by Balzer + Bray
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.
I went into Simon vs the Homosapien agenda (From now on I will refer to the title as Sv.HA cause I am ) or as the movie retitled it Love, Simon with an open mind but also with some trepidation. I hated HATED contemporary romance in high school. I thought they were way to sappy, that the characters were to one dimensional and a lot of the time annoying. I was such a romantic in high school (honestly I was just didn't want to read it.) Since reading The Perks of being a Wallflower last summer two summers ago I was more interested in it.
I knew I wanted to read Sv.HA before seeing the movie but I hadn't gotten around to it. Finally I ordered the audio book and I was hooked. It was sweet, and the problems that Simon faced as a gay student who was grappling with his sexuality and what that meant to him, and general school issues were relatable.* I don't know what about it made me enjoy it so much after not liking contemporary as a kid, maybe it was time and space, being in my own happy relationship where I can see the same things that happened with my relationship, the friendships. Overall this was a really cute story, and I can't wait to see the movie. Which I still haven't done months after reading the book...
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*I say relatable but some of it was not aka being a (mostly) closeted student. I am straight but I was able to relate to the crush flutters.
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