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REVIEW : Simon VS The HomoSapien Agenda – Becky Albertalli

“It is definitely annoying that straight (and white, for that matter) is the default, and that the only people who have to think about their identity are the ones who don’t fit that mold. Straight people really should have to come out, and the more awkward it is, the better. Awkwardness should be a requirement.”
― Becky AlbertalliSimon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda

HILARIOUS, FAST-PACED, CUTE

Simon VS The HomoSapien Agenda is a book about a gay boy who carries on an email correspondence with another mysterious boy from his school who signs his emails with “Blue”. But someday, the emails fall under the wrong hands and Simon gets blackmailed with it…which is pretty scary since he hasn’t come out to anyone but Blue yet. 

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Whole Goodreads description HERE 

I absolutely loved Simon’s character : he was funny, such a dork but also really smart. He was sometimes really witty. I didn’t really connect with his best friends that much though. Abby was kind of cool but Leah was kind of annoying and childish at times and Nick ,in my opinion, didn’t add anything to the story except for unnecessary drama. I really loved the relationship Simon with his family but I just would’ve liked it if we got to know more about them, especially the sisters.

What I appreciated about this book is that it had subtle moments where homophobia was an issue but it wasn’t the main topic of the story or a heavy plot line. As important as it is to talk about this kind of discrimination, I believe us, LGBTQ+ people deserve to have a cute and mushy story without our sexualities being reduced to the negative aspects only. The mood was very light and some scenes got me laughing out loud.

The writing style was simple but effective. The only negative thing, besides the insufficient development of the secondary character was about the “reveal”. Indeed, the readers don’t know Blue’s real identity so it’s kind of a “mystery” which gets revealed at the end. The problem was the small number of male characters which means there were little options so when we were nearing the end and a few male characters had been eliminated, it became kind of obvious who Blue was (I know for a fact that it’s not just me, most people who read the book guessed who the mysterious Blue was).

Overall, despite a few flaws concerning the this was a REALLY good read, probably one of my favorite of this year which I would recommend to basically anyone, best for when you need an mood-lifting and easy read. I’m definitely adding Becky Albertalli to my auto-buy author and get ready to see all the Simon VS fangirling over my tumblr ! By the way, did you know there was going to be a movie ? I’ve seen the cast (which you shouldn’t check if you haven’t read the book because…SPOILERS) which is quite promising.

RATING :

4

Hope you enjoyed this post ! Now tell me about you : Did your read Simon Vs The HomoSapien Agenda and what are your thoughts on it ? If not, is it on your TBR ? What are some of your LBTQIA+ Young Adult recommendations ? Let me know in the comments below !

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