• Sarah Leonard

"Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda" Book Review

Updated: Jun 25, 2019

Author: Becky Albertalli

Genre: YA

Rating: 5/5

Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda: Another edition to my LGBT reading list. The novel is a fun, quick, and packed to the binding with quotable, heartfelt moments. And, Albertalli, I appreciate the many Harry Potter references. You know how to reel a girl in. 10/10.

The novel is about a gay teenager, Simon, who has been emailing anonymously emailing another gay teenager, Blue. Neither of them use their real name, because neither of them have come out as gay. Then, someone sees Simon’s email messages and decides to blackmail him to get a girl he likes. This is why we shouldn’t be in relationships, kids. *says the girl in the relationship*

This mystery of who Blue is remains consistent until the end of the book, and it’s fun trying to guess who he is. For the majority of the book, we only get to know Blue through the email messages that serve as alternating chapters with the normal ones. This adds a new level of uniqueness while keeping the flow of the story. I’d consider it choppy if the author didn’t manage to immediately tie what happened in these emails into the following chapters.

Albertalli makes Blue so likeable. Really, she makes the most unlikeable characters likeable. She may even be able to make you like Umbridge from Harry Potter. No… I take it back. Impossible.

The prose of the novel is fun, it’s unique to character, and it’s consistent. And with that prose, there is a good balance between internal thought, general prose, and dialogue. I love hearing what the characters are feelings, and this book fulfills that.

What’s even better about those feelings are that they come across as honest and unafraid in the text. I never feel like there’s something Simon’s character isn’t telling me on the pages. The book is very quotable. Hence, the photo at the top of this blog post. I couldn’t help myself.

Overall, this book is a fun, quick read. From the beginning, I was sucked into Simon’s love life and who was on the other end, Blue. I’ll definitely be watching the movie adaption, Love, Simon, soon, and I really hope it captures all the love, growth, depth, and honesty Albertalli does. ‘Till next time, Nooksters!

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