Thursday, March 29, 2018

Book Review: Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli

Title: Simon vs the Homo Sapiens Agenda
Author: Becky Albertalli
Publisher: Balzer + Bray
Publication Date: April 7, 2015
Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary, lgbt, Romance
Length: 303 pages

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Literary Awards: 
National Book Award Nominee for Young People's Literature (2015)
Goodreads Choice Award Nominee for Debut Goodreads Author & Young Adult Fiction (2015)
William C. Morris YA Debut Award (2016)
Milwaukee County Teen Book Award (2016)
Pennsylvania Young Readers' Choice Award Nominee for Young Adults (2017)
Lincoln Award Nominee (2017)
Evergreen Teen Book Award Nominee (2018)

Synopsis: 
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. 

My Thoughts: 
I don't really want to describe a book as cute, but this was definitely that. Boy slowly falls in love with mysterious internet person. Boy has his sexual preference outed to the entire school. Boy deals with life and ends up with the cute boy.
This is contemporary young adult at it's finest. There's plenty of high-school drama, teen angst, love, and all the things in between. I have to say that it was written well and engaging enough for me to overlook the school setting.

I had no idea I would love this so much. By the end I was smiling like an idiot. Simon & Blue are now on  my OTP list (which literally has maybe 4 or 5 couples on it because this is not my area of expertise). Simon was thoroughly adorable throughout the book and I couldn't help but root for him. 

I've seen nothing but rave reviews for the recently released film adaptation so hopefully I'll get a chance to see it soon! 

My Rating: 5 stars!!!!!

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