Book Review: Simon vs. The Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli

Title: Simon vs. The Homo Sapiens Agenda
Author: Becky Albertalli
Publisher: Balzer + Bray
Publication date: April 7th, 2015
Pages: 303
Format: Paperback, bought

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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 has been on my "want to read" list ever since I heard of it last summer. I've always wanted to read a book that included a homosexual relationship, but I've never found one that caught my interest. I ended up reading a few fan fictions instead. Plus I never did get around to buy it. I had way to many books in my shelf that I hadn't read yet, so I was rather thrilled when I got it for Christmas.

When I started reading SVTHSA I never imagined I'd like it as much as I did. I read the first 100 pages before I had to take an unwilling break, and I don't think I've ever spent so much time thinking about a book before. I wasn't thinking about how I wanted to read more, but I was analyzing what I had just read. I tried to figure out who Blue was. For one moment I was so sure who he was, but with just one sentence I was sent back into doubt.

And that is what I enjoyed most about this book. It always left you wondering. I kept trying to look for clues, to see if Becky would leave hints to who Blue was, and when I thought she had left an obvious clue, she proved me otherwise shortly after. It was a whole bowl of wondering mess. When I was finally able to continue reading, I couldn't put it down. It wasn't just the questions I had that kept me going, but the humor, relationships (non-romantic and romantic) and the fact that Simon was just as bad as me on guessing who Blue really was.

Now over to Simon's character. I absolutely adored him. He always has a way of being cute, his humor is on point, the relationship he has between his sisters was really genuine, and the fact that he was a "closeted gay" wasn't execrated in any way which I really liked. You could also notice that he cares about his friends, and that even though he hurt some of them he was not going to let them slip away - especially when it came to Blue. The way Simon understood Blue, and the way he responded. He never had any bad intentions and he always tried his best not to screw things up.

Blue's character was as sweet as cotton candy. The way he wrote back to Simon on his emails at some points made my heart flutter. It was so cute to see how their relationship bloomed, and how you could notice by the way Blue wrote to Simon that he trusted him more and more for each email. I do wish that I could have gotten to know Blue better because I felt like the emails wasn't enough. I wanted to know more about Blue, not just through his and Simon's emails.

When it comes to Simon's friends: Leah, Abby and Nick, my favorite from these three was without doubt Abby. I loved her attitude, and the fact that she was a hugger. In general, she seems like a such an awesome girl, and her genuinity was what I liked best about her.

When it comes to Leah and Nick, I don't think I could have found a better pair of friends. Just the fact that they spoke of Harry Potter and video games made me want to jump straight into the book and join them in the conversation. Another thing I liked was that Leah could be a little badass, and she wasn't afraid to speak up if she felt threatened. Way to go Leah!

All in all, this was a book filled with humor, joy and romance! And I was thrilled to hear that Becky Albertalli is writing a spin off about Abby which I am really looking forward to. I will definitely be reading more books from Becky if she keeps this up.

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