Review: Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda - Becky Albertalli


Title: Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda

Author: Becky Albertalli

Publisher: Balzer + Bray

Release Date: April 7th 2015

Pages: 303

My Rating: ★★★★★ (5/5)

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“He talked about the ocean between people. And how the whole point of everything is to find a shore worth swimming to.”

Oh my god. THIS BOOK. I have not been this in love with a YA novel in ages, probably not since Anna and the French Kiss. Just the fact that I rated it 5 stars says enough as I’m typically so reluctant to rate anything so high. This one truly deserved it, in my opinion. Becky Albertalli has gone above and beyond.

Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda is about a sixteen-year-old boy named Simon who’s hiding a huge secret: he’s gay. Everything is seemingly going pretty good for him - he’s got a great friend group and an online correspondence with an anonymous boy whom he happens to have a crush on. But when someone discovers his e-mails and threatens to expose the two boys as blackmail in return for Simon’s help, everything flips upside down.

Lemme start off with a bit of a disclaimer that I’m not a part of the LGBT community and therefore I can’t speak to the experiences of those who are. Since this book focuses heavily on the experiences of a gay teenager, which I have zero say in, I can only really speak to the plot itself. Which is what I’m gonna do. Can I also just add that this is the first novel I’ve ever read with an LGBT lead character. How is that even possible?? I’ve now made it my mission to scout out novels with a much more diverse cast of characters in the future.

There’s really not much that I didn’t like about this book, so I’ll just point out some of my favourite things. First of all, the e-mails. The e-mails between Simon (aka Jacques, his alias) and Blue are clever, amusing, and sexy. I actually found myself laughing out loud at times. One of the things I often find with young adults novels that puts me off of them is that the characters act and speak more mature than they are, but I didn’t find that a problem with SVTHSA. The teens acted like teens; they did immature things, they made mistakes and they were reprimanded for them. I really respected that. Even the use of Tumblr was appropriate and I think it really spoke to this generation. And, of course, I have to mention that the romance between Simon and Blue was so. flipping. perfect. It just pulled at my heartstrings.

I’d recommend this novel to anyone and everyone. I think that it’s such an important conversation starter on sexuality and adolescence. It’s funny and smart; it reminds me of what I’ve always loved about YA novels. Please please PLEASE give this novel a shot. I’m serious. Go read this book!!! Especially if you’re planning on seeing the film adaptation, Love, Simon. Read the book first. You won’t regret it. I promise.

Have you read Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda? What did you think?

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