Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Badass Books: Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda

I really should have written this post last week before I read a completely different book after finishing Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli, but here we are.

Summary (from Goodreads):

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.



Why I read it: This book has actually been on my list for a while now. But I have a really long list. At the start of the year, several books on that list went on sale, so I bought it. Good choice, past Liz. Good choice.

ZOMG Yes! I really enjoyed the narrative style of this book. As mentioned in the summary, Simon has a secret email pen pal, and Becky includes many of those emails right in the story. Normally I gloss over things like subject lines, but it was fun to see how she used those to show both Simon and Blue's personalities. And of course their growing romance was so much fun to be a part of. So, so adorable.

Another part of this story I really enjoyed was Simon's family. I mean, they watch the Batchelor together. What's not to love? But really, the dynamics felt very true to form. Interesting, for a family living in Georgia (I don't live in Georgia, but I do live in the Bible belt). But enjoyable.

The friendships in this story were also well executed. They didn't all revolve around Simon and whether or not he was going to come out. They existed apart from his sexual orientation, as friendships do, so that was nice.

kxthbai I strongly recommend this book! I was afraid I might be getting into more of a lesson-learning book than a story with the title, but that's not what this is at all. Definitely a must-read.

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