Title: Simon vs The Homo Sapiens Agenda
Edited: Becky Albertalli
Genre: Young Adult Contemporary
Synopsis: 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.
Simon vs The Homo Sapien Agenda is not only a coming-out story but a very real look at the teenage mind and the complexities of being a hormonal, awkward teenager. I thought that it wase elegantly captured and painfully realistic. I also believe that this book is very readable for adults, it has great humor along with moments that reminded you what it was like to be a teenager drowning in constant embarrassment. Our story begins when we meet Simon, who is being blackmailed by one of his classmates when that classmate stumbled upon Simon’s emails to a mysterious person named Blue. Blue is another student in his high school and both of them are in the closet but they have found solace and emailing each other under anonymous names.
The story is much more complex and filled with wonderful examples of friendship that were very realistic to the age. Simon is pretty well liked and he has lots of friends but him being gay is something he has not shared with anyone and as our story touches a lot on attempting to figure out who Blue is because he’s certainly someone in Simon’s circle of friends and acquaintances so you find yourself analyzing different characters and nit picking to see if he is Blue. I thought that it was very cleverly written because you’re constantly trying to guess so Albertalli gives us just enough until it becomes obvious who it is and you’re like SIMON CAN’T YOU SEE IT’S HIM!!!
The love story is just very touching and sweet but not overly sappy which I really enjoyed. This truly is the story of first love and how sweet it can be when it is with the right person. Simon’s inner monologues are also incredibly funny and amusing but not in the matter that makes him a joke but in the manner that he is heading the jokes. I also really enjoyed Simon’s family, his parents I felt were very realistic and I loved that he had a very supportive network around him.
Overall I highly recommend this book both for teenagers and adults.