OKAY BUT THIS BOOK IS ADORABLE???!- Me, 2017
Hello and welcome to another book review on The Immortal Readers. My name is Ally and today I’ll be discussing the delight that is Simon Vs. The Homo Sapiens Agenda.
First things first, DO NOT LET THE TITLE PUT YOU OFF. Seriously though, it may be a long title, but it is one hundred percent worth remembering. In fact, it’s exactly like my current tv show obsession; Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency. The title drags on longer than some of my sentences, but it is so GOOD!
SIMON VS. THE HOMO SAPIENS AGENDA
BY BECKY ALBERTALI
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.
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-SO FREAKING ADORABLE. No, seriously, I think I died from how cute this book was. It was such a lovely break from all the fantasy gore I usually read and the eventual relationship was just really beautiful! ALL THE FEELINGS.
-THE ROMANCE WAS SUPER CUTESY WHILST ALSO NOT TOO OVERPOWERING. One particular reason why I don’t often read contemporary or romance for that matter is that the relationships are generally all there is to the plot. I mean, maybe that’s just me and my love of detailed plots, but either way, Simon Vs. The Homo sapiens Agenda seemed to have a perfect balance of plot, action, drama and romance.
-The frequent mention of food, aka Oreos, had my mouth watering. Excuse me whilst I go find some more food…
-THE DIVERSITY YAYAAAA! The diversity was awesome to see and I was actually extremely happy with how it was handled. Occasionally Blue said some questionable things regarding how “straight and white people have no identity problems” (I can’t remember the exact quote, so that may be a little off), but generally, I loved the representation of the LGBTQ+ community.
-I loved, loved, loved the friendship dynamics! Especially how supportive everyone was towards each other! It was really nice to see Simon’s friends stand up for him when he got in trouble and I also loved how there was a “nice” teacher. Usually in contemporary books, its all angst and long rants about how all the teachers are nasty, but I was really glad to see that the author included a teacher who did care about the students. She was also pro-active and stood up for Simon as well, which is lovely to see in a book.
-Also, another positive is that Simon Vs. The Homo Sapiens Agenda is such a short book, so its great for some holiday reading!
-Although I loved the resulting romance, at times the whole charade of trying to guess who “Blue” could be was extremely trying. Most of the time I was hoping it would be revealed already and when it wasn’t, the book fell down in ratings a bit. Personally, that’s just my opinion though because when it comes to books, I’m extremely impatient.
-And, even though I ended up liking Blue, sometimes he could be incredibly frustrating. Often he would completely ignore how Simon was feeling on an issue and then continue as if everything was fine. At one point I had to put the book down because it was almost like Blue was playing mind games with Simon and it made me want to hit myself with a frying pan. Which I’m pretty sure is a bad thing. Luckily, I didn’t have one on hand. Overall though, I did end up liking him as a character and I was able to move past my frustration and accept that sometimes characters are selfish and flawed.
-One thing I was disappointed with though, was the treatment of a specific character. I won’t say who, as this is a spoiler-free review, but I wasn’t happy over the way the characters completely ignored *blank* 99% of the time and then expected *blank* to still be there when they stopped ignoring her. It was a horrible thing to read. This character was also generally neglected by the author which resulted in a poor deliverance of plot.
-Lastly, I found the reveal of who Blue was to be dissatisfying. Maybe if it had been done earlier, I would have liked it more, but by the end of the book, I was nearly over all the drama surrounding Blue. I would, however, like to note that I was in a reading slump at the time so my opinions might have been different in other circumstances.
So, to conclude, whilst I thought Simon Vs. The Homo Sapien’s Agenda was adorable, super cute and fun, I also had a few dislikes. Although, I 100% recommend this book for the Summer holidays – Its the perfect book for that beach vibe! Plus, I’m super excited to see the movie adaptation, ‘Love, Simon’. You can check out the trailer here:
Everyone deserves a great love story. But for Simon it’s complicated: no-one knows he’s gay and he doesn’t know who the anonymous classmate is that he’s fallen for online. Resolving both issues proves hilarious, scary and life-changing.
Director: Greg Berlanti
Starring: Nick Robinson, Katherine Langford, Jennifer Gardner, Josh Duhamel, Keiynan Lonsdale and more.