About The Book
Simon Vs. The Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli
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.
*Please be aware of minor spoilers*
Genre: Young Adult
Setting: Creekwood High School, Atlanta
Predictable? There were hints throughout the book as to how it might end and who the mysterious Blue might be, but it was a nice surprise when I did find out.
Plot Pace? Quite fast paced, really quick and easy to read with short chapters and plenty going on all the time. I like the way every other chapter or so was an email conversation between Simon and Blue. It broke the story up a bit and allowed us an insight into their online relationship.
Favourite Character and why? Simon was obviously such a lovable character, but I also loved Abby’s character, and Nora as well. Their personalities were well written and developed into really relatable characters.
Least Favourite Character and why? I know he apologised in the end, but Marty was my least favourite personality wise, he was a bit of a dick (excuse my language!)
Did you guess the story? I knew what was going to happen, I knew we would end up finding out who Blue was in the end, and that they would meet and everything would be happily ever after, but there were a few unexpected twists at the end which was a nice touch, and of course the actual revelation of who Blue was ended up being a nice surprise.
Favourite part of the book? I found myself smiling ridiculously and making little squealing noises when Simon and Blue eventually ended up and meeting and going out together (especially in the supermarket!). It made me so incredibly happy, it’s been a while since a book has done that!
Least favourite part of the book? When Marty posted about Simon and outed him to the entire school, that was possibly the worst thing he could have done, and it made me feel awful for Simon, and for Blue as well. Their relationship was happily anonymous until this…
Well written? Absolutely!
Emotional? Definitely, I did manage to avoid the tears, but only just, but my mouth was aching from smiling so hard in the end!
Gripping? It was an easy book to read, I wouldn’t necessarily say it was gripping like a thriller novel, but the short chapters and the way it was written made it flow well and read easily enough for me to fly through it.
Overall, this book was one of the top YA novels I’ve read in a while, Albertalli definitely understands how to write to make you feel all fuzzy and warm on the inside, as well as bringing every character to life in a unique way. I would highly recommend to every YA lover who hasn’t already read this book (there’s probably not many of you left now!)
My Rating: 4.5 Muffins out of 5
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