December 29, 2017
“People really are like house with vast rooms and tiny windows. And maybe it’s a good thing, the way we never stop surprising each other.” – Becky Albertalli, Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda
Are you guys ready to read one of the best books ever?
I’m serious. Simon Vs The Homo Sapiens Agenda by the brilliant Becky Albertalli has officially made my Favourite Novels list for SO MANY REASONS. If you are a big fan of quirky and adorable YA novels that have cute romance and loving friendships, THEN THIS IS FOR YOU! Read the synopsis below:
FROM GOODREADS: 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 mean, come on! That alone makes you want to read it, right? Please do, I mean it, go get it. This book is a gem. There are so many little bits and references in it (mostly Harry Potter) that make you smile. Then there is the main character of Simon Spier, the supporting characters like Abby and Leah who add different levels of drama and comedy, and of course the mysterious Blue who you will fall in love with just because of the emails he sends to Simon.
Albertalli really hit the nail on the teenage mind when it comes to dating and especially the fear of becoming an outsider. Personally, I cannot connect with Simon when it comes to coming out as I am not a member of the LGBTQIA community, but I am sure a lot of readers could and I think it is amazing that Albertalli represented that in this beautiful novel.
The character of Simon Spier may be my favourite contemporary MC since Charlie from Perks of Being a Wallflower, and yes I know that is quite a strong statement coming from me, but it’s true. Simon is awkward and goofy, but he knows what he wants and that is to be accepted…and of course he wants Blue, even if he doesn’t know who Blue is. Though, he does have his theories which were so funny to read. No spoilers, but I really liked who Blue turned out to be. Unfortunately, I did know who Blue was before I read the books as I follow Becky on twitter and watched the film trailer…whoops. Still the reveal is very clever and I hope everyone who reads it will be happy!
“He talked about the ocean between people. And how the whole point of everything is to find a shore worth swimming to.” ― Becky Albertalli, Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda
Simon Vs... is full of fun characters that should get the same amount of recognition that Simon gets. I do wish Simon’s friend Nick would have gotten more “page time”. I just want to know more of his backstory and I would have loved to see deeper conversations between him and Simon. Though, perhaps, that wasn’t really his personality.
Leah on the other hand is a character that I have some mixed feelings about. I have thought about this a lot and even though Leah frustrated me at times, I think she is one of the most interesting characters in the book. I have always said that if a character makes you mad, happy, sad etc, they are a knockout character and Leah is that for me. You be you, boo!
Abby is a character that you can’t help but love. She is bubbly and kind and is so true to herself that I wish I could be like her. Basically, if Abby could bottle up her confidence and sell it, she would make a fortune. There a moments of levity with Abby, but of course she isn’t perfect and her character journey was fun to see in the book and I just LOVE her and Simon’s friendship. They are those people who were just made to be friends, you know?
Then of course we have the antagonist: Martin Addison…. OH MAN I COULD SAY MANY THINGS. But I won’t as I don’t want to spoil it, but this character angers me so much. There were times when I thought he would have some redemption, even a little and then he just screws up again and you realize he is just an asshole. Sort of like Billy from Stranger Things just not as extreme…make sense? Probably not. But even though I hated him, he made the story that much interesting. Without the Martin conflict, Simon wouldn’t have had the journey he did. Much like without Billy, Max wouldn’t have been who she was at the end of ST2. I always end up back at Stranger Things don’t I?
As for Blue: I LOVED HIM. I will never stop talking about this book guys! Blue…he made the story so pure (at times) and I just love that he always told Simon what he was thinking. Their connection was the heart of the book AND THEY HAVE NO IDEA WHO EACH OTHER ARE! But it just works. The writing for Blue was my favourite. I loved the quiet humor and the way he spoke and just everything about his character. And even though he is an invisible voice for most of the book, he is definitely my favourite, alongside Simon of course.
“It’s weird, because Blue’s emails used to be this extra thing that was separate from my actual life. But now I think maybe the emails are my life. Everything else sort of feels like I’m slogging through a dream.” ― Becky Albertalli, Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda
I think this book will appeal to more than just teenagers or teenagers who are struggling with their sexuality. I’m 20 years old and I still related to Simon in so many ways. And not just Simon, but Abby, Leah, Nick, Blue, and yes even Martin…strangely enough. The theme of fear of rejected is very evident in this story and I think we can all relate to that in one way or another whether it is because of your sexuality, your skin tone, your interests, or even where you live. It is all relevant and those feelings can eat you up inside, but I think Albertalli really understood how one can overcome those negative feelings so you can become your true self. Even if it is only baby steps, but hey that’s where it all starts, right?
Overall, I give Simon Vs The Homo Sapiens Agenda 5 stars, shocker, right? I will definitely be reading this again and again and recommending it to all my friends and my family as I did with Perks. READ. THIS. BOOK. You will not regret it! I promise you! And if you read it now, then you can watch the movie: Love, Simon which comes out March 16, 2018, so hop to it!
If you have read this, what are your thoughts? Let me know in the comments below!
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