Review of Simon Vs The Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli

Title: Simon Vs The Homo Sapiens Agenda

Author: Becky Albertalli

Synopsis: 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.

Rate: 5/5

My Thoughts: I’ve had this book on my shelves forever but with the movie coming out in a few weeks I decided it was time to pick it up! It took me a few chapters to be able to get into Simon Vs, but once I got into it I couldn’t put it down!

I absolutely loved the emails between Simon and Blue, I loved following Simon through the bad and good times he had. I screamed when the emails got into Martin’s hands and he started blackmailing Simon.

Over the course of the novel you see how Simon and Blue’s relationship goes from acquaintances, to friends, to being together. Not only do we get to read the emails, but we get to follow Simon at school though the blackmailing as well as once he started trying to figure out who Blue was.

I absolutely love Becky’s writing and can’t wait to read The Upside of Unrequited, I also NEED the sequel to Simon like now. Leah on The Offbeat comes out April 24 which cannot come soon enough. BUT before the sequel we get the movie Love, Simon out March 16!

Am I the only one who will be bringing oreo’s to the theaters with me?!

Here’s one of my favorite lines from the book:

Bram was right: people really are like houses with vast rooms and tiny windows. And maybe it’s a good thing, the way we never stop surprising each other.


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