Friday, January 29, 2016

Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli | Review

19547856Title: Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda
Author: Becky Albertalli
Publisher: Balzer + Bray
Release Date: April 7, 2015
Source: Library
Genre: Contemporary
Edition: eBook

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 flirtations 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 ever met. 
To begin, let me start off by saying that this book has been getting so much hype. Was I a bit nervous about this? Yes. Was the hype false? No.

Simon vs. the Homo-Sapien's Agenda follows none other than Simon Spier himself, a boy who has been corresponding with another guy online named Blue. Both of them are falling for each other though neither knows who they are really talking to. All they know is that they go to the same school. They have both been keeping their sexual orientation a secret too, as neither of them has come out. Will they ever be able to meet in real life?

I FREAKING LOVED THIS BOOK. I immediately fell for the wonderful character that is Simon. He's so awesome and I adored his love for Oreos. I mean, come on. Oreos will forever be the best cookie. Especially the red velvet or minty ones. ANYWHO, Simon was just such an honest character. He really grew and developed throughout the story and I loved being with him when he went through life changes.
I also really liked Blue. He was very mysterious and I get why he was scared of being honest and coming out. Some people can be really cruel about it. It's sad that people have to be scared and worried about being themselves! Everyone should be able to be themselves and not be worried about others personally attacking them.

One thing worth mentioning about this book is the amazing lessons that Albertalli has expertly interwoven throughout. Simon had so many realizations that make so much sense:

"White shouldn't be the default any more than straight should be the default. There shouldn't even be a default."

"Why is straight the default? Everyone should have to declare one way or another, and it shouldn't be this big awkward thing whether you're straight, gay, bi, or whatever. I'm just saying."

All I know is this book is one that you want to read and have in your life. It's quirky, fun, and even includes some wonderful lessons. Plus, the characters are amazing! Oh, and the Oreos. Let's not forget the Oreos.


13 comments:

  1. I really loved this one! So worth the hype. Glad you enjoyed it!

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  2. I was also nervous about this one because of the hype. I ended up loving it. It’s so funny.

    Aj @ Read All The Things!

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  3. Ahhh I love this book! It is so cute and wonderful, and I am so glad you liked it :)

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  4. Fabulous review! I keep hearing so many good things about this one. I'm dying to read it. :D :D

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  5. I have been wanting to read this book. Your review has me moving it up on my TBR!

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  6. I loved this book, too! It was one of favorites of last year! Simon is one of the funnies characters I've ever read!

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  7. Glad you enjoyed this one! I thought it was a five star read as well! Your review touched on all the parts of it that I loved as well :)

    Jamie @ <a href="http://booksandladders.blogspot.ca/>Books and Ladders</a>

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  8. OMG, so excited that you loved this book! I really really want to read it. To the point where I feel a bit guilty that I haven't yet, hahaha. Love how many books you review on your site! I'm so excited to get a million new book recommendations by reading them all :)

    Kat @ Readiculous Blog

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  9. I've heard such good things about this one, so I don't know why I haven't picked it up yet! I definitely need to because it sounds like Simon and Blue are precious together!

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  10. I really want to read this! I've heard such great things, including your review! Great review! Thanks for visiting my blog!

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  11. Yes! I'm so glad you loved this as much as I did!
    - Emma @ Emma Likes Books

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