Book Review: Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda

22723235Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli

Published: April 7th 2015 by Balzer + Bray

320 Pages

Goodreads Summary: 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.

Review: I have been hearing a lot about this book for awhile now and really wanted to read it. But I’ve been trying to be better about buying books so I was hoping my library would get it. The other day I decided to try looking again they had it in hardcover AND ebook! I decided I couldn’t wait until I got home from work to check it out so I went with the ebook.
Simon was such a great character! He was funny, quirky, nerdy and just plain lovable. I loved his relationships with his friends and family. It seemed so real. I felt I could totally relate to him and his friends. When I started reading the emails between Simon and Blue I immediately wanted them to meet and get together. They were so cute and I loved their witty banter. I had so many moments where I was laughing, well more like giggling, out loud or even just smiling to myself while reading! At one point I felt I knew who Blue was and was hoping like hell I was right… and I was! So happy about who he turned out to be! Total cuteness explosion when they finally got together in person!
I felt so many different emotions while reading this book: humor, happiness, sadness, empathy, anger, etc. I would say any author who manages to get their readers to feel right alongside their characters is a great one! I was 100% hooked on this book! The only thing I had a slight issue with was there were some places where one paragraph would be about something happening and then the next paragraph jumped hours or even days ahead. I would have liked those to be separated better and I don’t know if that was just because of the ebook format or what. Not a huge deal though. This is a book I will be buying in the future so I can read it again!

5/5 Stars

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