Friday, February 5, 2016
Book Review: Simon vs. the Home Sapiens Agenda (YA)
Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli
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.
This book was so cute! It a love story and a coming out story. It's told in first person by Simon, a high school junior who happens to be gay. He hasn't told anyone yet, except Blue. Simon (aka Jacques) and Blue communicate only via email after finding each other on the school's Tumblr site. In between chapters, Albertalli has included some of their email exchanges.
Simon is basically forced to come out because another student sees his email exchange with Blue and threatens to blackmail him if he doesn't introduce him to his friend Abby. That part was a little odd, but it did add to the mystery of Blue and the drama with Simon's friend group.
I loved the mystery of finding out who Blue is. I really enjoyed Simon's friends, Leah, Nick, and Abby. Their interactions and drama were so realistic. And Simon's family was so wonderful. His parents were quirky and involved and so unlike most YA parents. I loved the weird family traditions and the sibling love. All of these elements added to the story made it such an enjoyable read.
This book is funny and sweet. I blew through it in only two sittings (about 4.5 hours). My only tiny complaint...two characters wore Chucks! Haha!
But I'm tired of coming out. All I ever do is come out. I try not to change, but I keep changing, in all these tiny ways. I get a girlfriend. I have a beer. And every freaking time, I have to reintroduce myself to the universe all over again.
Do you ever feel locked into yourself? I'm not sure if I'm making any sense here. I guess what I mean is that sometimes it seems like everyone knows who I am expect me.
My Rating: 5 Stars
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