Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda - Becky Albertalli

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Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda -
Becky Albertalli

Released: March 25, 2015
Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens AgendaPublisher: PenguinTeen AUS
SynopsisSixteen-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.
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What I Thought: Simon vs the Homo Sapiens Agenda is a treasure of a story that I think everyone should read. It (almost) took the place of my favourite contemporary. Simon is gay, but no one knows except his online friend 'Blue'. Together, Simon and Blue get to know the real person, hiding behind the stigma of their sexuality. But then Simon gets blackmailed and it all goes a bit pear-shaped from there. You can't help but fall in love with Simon, Blue and all the supporting characters in the novel. His family that watches The Bachelor together, his friends who are in a bit of a love triangle. But the best thing is the way Simon and Blue progress through the relationship.

Of course, the novel does explore what it is like to be a gay teenage boy, unable to open up to people with the truth, until you are practically forced to. It delves into what it is like, and how hard it can be, as well as what happens when you do finally open up.

Albertalli weaves a beautiful and funny story, creating intricate characters that make you want to dive straight into the book and become their friends. If you love a good contemporary, or even if you don't, I highly suggest you pick this one up.

The Good: The cheeky emails between Simon and Blue. So. Damn. Cute.

The Bad: I just loved this book from start to finish!

Rating: 5/5

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Claire Blennerhassett

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