Alright, friends. It is currently 11:30pm, I just finished reading this book, and I am beaming. I’m sitting in my room grinning because I loved this book. Simon VS The Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli, is absolutely amazing. I posted a snapshot of the book over on my Instagram story and SO MANY of you asked me about it and said you were interested. Here are my thoughts on the book as well as five reasons to check it out today.
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.
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Main character Simon is honestly one of the best male main characters I’ve ever read. Becky Albertalli did the most amazing job portraying a foul-mouthed, sweet, slightly misguided, and overall hilarious teenage boy. Simon is so witty. I found myself laughing out loud (I mean legitimately laughing) at his emails. The scenes where Simon gets drunk are honestly so hilarious I could barely wipe the smile off my face.
I loved Simon’s friend group, made up of Nick, Leah, and newcomer Abby. Albertalli manages to create the most relatable magic within their group’s happy moments, and simultaneously acknowledge the difficult complexities that arise within any sort of friend group. Each of them at some point feels excluded, left out, and alone. In the long run though, they support each other and I loved these characters.
His parents are genuine and charming, and his sisters are very well-developed. One of the main characteristics of the book that drew me in was how well-developed every single character is. Seriously, not a single character goes unnoticed or unwritten. At the same time, you leave the book feeling like you’re a part of their world—like you could be sitting on the stage with the kids in the drama club or devouring waffles in a booth at Waffle House.
Then there’s Blue: mysterious, unidentifiable Blue, the flirtatious, poetic, smart boy Simon emails with. Blue and Simon manage to encourage each other to be their authentic selves without ever meeting in person. They find each other when they might need each other the most, when they are feeling alone and buried under the weight of the secret they each keep. Ugh: trust me when I say you’ll love Blue, especially when you discover who he is. Just trust me.
Aside from the overarching plot line and themes of this book being outstanding, unique, and so heartfelt, there are moments within the plot that just made my heart sing at how relatable and real they were. There’s a lot of points where the characters all experience being uncomfortable with change, and unsure of who they are. That’s something I and most people have struggled with, and Albertalli captures that experience beautifully.
The author creates small moments of joy for Simon and the other characters. Those small moments make up what it means to be truly alive. You remember them so vividly because you were just happy.
The author’s writing style is so enjoyable. It’s not complex or long-winded. It’s fun, it’s easy, and it’s seamless. To be honest, I started this book and did not put it down, except to walk from the dining hall to my room. The range of emotions you experience during the book is complex, but so real and raw. Plus, it’s just heartwarming and hilarious at so many moments.
5 Reasons to Read This Book
one \\ It represents the struggles of coming to terms with you are, and captures the essence of exploring your identity.
two \\ This book is inclusive, and represents a whole host of ethnicities, sexual orientations, and more. It’s refreshing to see a book like this one. Characters are diverse, and I loved it.
three \\ The romance is beyond sweet and adorable. Simon and Blue are perfect, and their nerves and charm and commentary make the whole book so sweet.
four \\ The movie Love, Simon, based on the book, comes out in theaters March 16. I cannot wait to go see it!
five \\ If you’re having a bad day, a bad week, or just need a pick-me-up, it’s impossible to read this book without smiling the whole time. When you snap the book shut, you’re going to feel great (and instantly want to read it again).
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Thank you for reading.