Title: Simon Vs the Homo Sapiens Agenda
Author: Becky Albertalli
Genre: Contemporary Young Adult
Publication Date: April 7, 2015
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 feel like I’m one of the last people on earth to finally experience the greatness that is Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda. I don’t know what I was waiting on, not picking up this book sooner. I’m not making the same mistake with Becky Albertelli’s other books and they’re already sitting on my nightstand, waiting to be read this month!
Can we seriously just talk about how absolutely adorable this book is? Simon is probably one of my all time favorite male protagonists in YA book history. I think I might even like him more than Levi, from Fangirl, and that’s saying A LOT because I have been a stoic Levi follower since Fangirl was first published. But there is just something about Simon that made me smile all. the. damn. time. I couldn’t get enough of his character, and loved spending so much time with him. Sometimes I struggle with books told from a complete male perspective, because I don’t feel like I can connect to the narrator like a can when it’s a female, but with Simon I never felt that way. I was able to connect to him right away, and became his biggest cheering squad the further and further I got into the book.
Simon and the Homo Sapiens Agenda is centered around Simon and the fact that he’s yet to tell his friends and family that he’s gay, plus the added mystery of his email relationship with Blue. Blue doesn’t know who Simon is, and Simon doesn’t know who Blue is, but through email, they’ve become best friends, and maybe even more. With Blue, Simon finally feels like he can be himself, and he doesn’t feel like everything he says is scrutinized under a giant microscope. His family means well, but sometimes he feels like they’re closing in on him and that he’ll never be able to truly be himself around them.
This book made me feel like I was back in high school. But not just the good parts of high school. The parts filled with self doubt, self discovery, and self love. And even though those weren’t all fun parts of my experience, it was so refreshing to feel all those emotions again. I think as adults, we often forget what it’s like to be 16 or 17 years old and just starting to find your balance in life. Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda brought all of that back to me and more. And Becky presented it in a way that had me flipping through the pages, and reading as fast as I could because I needed to know what happened next and I NEEDED TO KNOW WHO WAS BLUE!!!
The emails between Blue and Simon were hands down my favorite parts of the book. The emails were so adorable, and I loved seeing the relationship transpire between these two. Plus, it was so much fun to look for clues as to who Blue was and see if I could figure it out. Side note, I totally did not figure it out, but I ADORED who it was!
If you haven’t read this one, or you’ve been putting it off then you need to immediately add it to your upcoming TBR, because no one should be missing out on this book!