Published by Balzer + Bray
Genres: Contemporary, Young Adult
Read in: May 8 to May 10
Source: Personal Collection
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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. - via GoodReads
There was so much hype surrounding Simon vs the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli that I was a little concerned I’d be disappointed. I shouldn’t have been too worried! While the hype is what drew my attention to Simon, it was the synopsis that hooked me.
Simon is one of the sweetest and smartest male protagonists I’ve read in awhile. He made me laugh quite a lot. I also hurt for him. I hurt for what he was put through. I think a lot of the time people are completely unaware of the ripple effects of their actions. This was definitely the case for Simon’s antagonist. It doesn’t excuse his actions at all though.
I really enjoyed all of the secondary characters in Simon vs the Homo Sapiens Agenda. They all truly added to the reading experience. There was some mild relationship angst but it wasn’t too distracting. Simon has some amazing friends. They are the type of friends you’d want to be surrounded by no matter the situation.
Simon’s story is all about how to handle a situation when a life changing decision is ripped from your hands. Simon hit some bumps along the way but he made it through. I think the most important message that I took from this book is hope. Albertalli showed me that not everything in this life is easy. There will be people who don’t agree or support or downright hate your life choices but there will always be someone to lift you back up.