Title: Simon vs the Homo Sapiens Agenda
Author: Becky Albertalli
Genre: Lgbt, Contemporary, Romance
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.
Simon vs the Homo Sapiens Agenda was a fun and sweet read. I enjoyed the structure of the chapters. You read about Simon’s day and then read the corresponding emails that he and blue send to each other in that same day after it and so on. What I found endearing and sweet was that Simon’s interest in Blue was blatant and obvious in his emails and although Blue did not reciprocate that same level interest accepted it and in his own way showed his fondness for Simon and their exchanges of words. I loved how Simon’s personality really showed in his emails to Blue and the same goes for Blue’s emails. Despite not knowing who Blue was you got an idea through his words the kind of person he was and I really liked that. For example, you could tell that he was a little more subdued (in comparison to Simon) and careful with his words.
Another thing I found interesting is how Simon deals or struggles with coming out to the important people in his life. He has accepted for a quite a while that he is gay and he has absolutely no problem with that but he hasn’t told anyone else about his sexuality. This was something that he struggled with throughout the book and I guess it conveyed just how life-changing and profound the act of coming-out is. Even in the case of Simon whose family was very accepting of him.
Something that surprised me was Blue. I loved Blue, even when I didn’t know who he was, but despite this I will admit to being frustrated by him for a little bit. I can’t say the reason why because then I’d be spoiling, just know that I was little frustrated by him but it’s alright because he is human and Simon can be stupid… When Simon and Blue do meet its awkward and slow. I loved that. Despite knowing each other through their emails they have just discovered their real identities and are talking face to face. Then the relationship just blossoms and it was sweet and adorable. They learn new things about each other that they couldn’t have through their emails and continue that same flirtation that was present throughout their emails.