20 February, 2018


Title: Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda
Author: Becky Albertalli
Series: -
Genres: Contemporarym LGBT, Romance, YA
Publisher: Balzer + Bray
Release: April 7th, 2015
Source: Audiobook
Pages: 303

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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.

EXPECTATIONS: Just like Call Me By Your Name saw the trailer for the movie, and find an audiobook of it. I actually read this book before Call Me By Your Name, so I kind of compared these two books, but actually they are for different audiences and they should not be compared. I did enjoy Simon, very very very much! Let me explain why!

THE WORLD: Our world, nothing special really. Every day school life, of course I can imagine that when you are a teenager who is figuring out their sexuality and true self, nothing is really ever regular, but in any case this book does not focus on any world building. We know the world, we live it.

CHARACTERS: Our main character is Simon! A cute young boy, who is not popular, but not really an outcast, he is performing in the school play, does his homework, had a dog called Bieber (yup :D ), lives his life what would seem to us very normally, but in fact he is being kind of blackmailed by Martin, who by accident find Simon's emails to a pen-friends named Blue. Emails that tell Blue that Simon - is gay.
In the book we get to join Simon on the ride of his life, as he comes into terms with being gay, trying to tell his family, his friends, being in love with his pen-friend Blue, but not knowing if this feeling is real or easy because their emails. We get to see Simon grow up as a person, open up as a person, find himself and most importantly stop being afraid. This kid was so strong and cute, and just adorable! I liked Simon.

Besides him we have Blue, this mysterious pen-friend who all throughout the book you are left to guess his real identity, and I have to say, I totally failed to guess who he was! I had two theories - both wrong! So if you will read and get it soon - let me know!

We also get to see Simon's friends and how they react to everything, and deal with their own issues and self-establishment.

But in all honesty, I loved Simon's family - mostly his parents. I mean any kid - straight or gay, would be so lucky to have such family. I mean you might not know this, but I love The Bachelor (the stupid yet amazing TV Show - totally hate the new guys btw), and in the book his parents, Simon and his two sisters all have viewing night for The Bachelor, where his dad has a rose in his hands! I mean....family goals right there! I mean the level of support and love they have for their kids was just a blessing to read. They reacted to everything just like normal parents would.
Spoiler do not continue reading if you do not want to get spoiled some details!!!!!
After Simon comes out to them, and some time passes he has a guy friend over for a sleepover or something and they tell him that they need to it over if they are OK with a boy sleeping in his room now. Simon gets angry, but they explain that it's not because he's gay or anything, the same rules apply to him as it does to his sisters. No boys allowed to sleep in their room or something. I mean, reading this was a breathe of fresh air! If you remember I reviewed a book called Just Juliet, where the father of an openly gay girl allowed the main character to sleep in his daughters room, after like an hour they met - he was like - oh yeah sure stranger go sleep with my only daughter in the same room, it's not like I don't know you or anything! I was so angry that he let a perfect stranger anywhere near his child. And now having these parents normally establishing boundaries was just - logical!

ROMANCE: Whole kind of romance going on! Simon and Blue was my favorite I guess.

GOOD: Realistic. This book was realistic I think. I enjoyed Simon in his family, his inner thoughts, the letters with Blue. I also liked the writing a lot.

BAD: Seemed a little stretched out and I have to say, I had some problems. I didn't really understand why Simon was so awful sometimes to his parents. They were beyond supportive and sometimes he was a total brat. Also everyone seemed to forgive everyone very easily in this book. Well not one character, but I don't want to go into spoilers. Let's just say that they were some plot holes I kind of got mixed up about.

OVERALL: In total, I think this was fantastic. It is totally YA, but having such a beautiful book makes my heart happy! I would 100% recommend to read this book.

What do you think about SIMON VS THE HOMO SAPIENS AGENDA ?



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