Welcome back bookworms! Here’s another review coming at ya! This time, I’ve got one that’s a little (read: TOTALLY) different from Cinder; and that is the wonderful Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda! I was told to read this book by one of my bestest book buddies and she surprised me with a copy of it for Christmas! I absolutely loved this book, so prepare yourselves for a review full of GUSHING ❤️ So without further ado, here we go:
Genre: Contemporary YA
Pages: 320 (US Paperback)
Publication Date: 7 April 2015
My Rating: 5 ENORMOUS AND BEAUTIFUL stars ⭐️
“White shouldn’t be the default any more than straight should be the default. There shouldn’t even be a default.”
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.
OH MY FEELS did I love this book! From the moment I opened this book to the very last page, I loved it! Simon Spier, the title character, was everything you could ask for in a narrator; he was honest, heartfelt, and incredibly hilarious and self-aware. He made me feel like I was a part of his world and that I was there alongside him as he wrote his emails to Blue, his pen pal turned boyfriend, and as he performed in the school play. I can barely put into words how much I enjoyed this book but here I am making an attempt to do so!
What I liked about the book:
- Simon- Oh Simon. Where to start with you wonderful character! I loved everything about Simon, from his wittiness to his love for Blue and his friends, to his innocence about the world. He is just the greatest!
- Blue- Blue (whose identity isn’t revealed until almost the very end) is just such a precious little cinnamon roll! He is so soft-spoken and yet so direct with his feelings. I love how openly he and Simon were able to communicate through their emails (can we take a minute to appreciate the fact that these two used EMAIL instead of texting?) and how their blossoming relationship helped them discover more about themselves and each other
- The friendships- Simon has such a great group of friends that would do anything for him and vice versa. It’s just great to see a group of teenagers that have real friendships that actually have some depth.
- The wittiness- I know I’ve mentioned this before, but Simon is the KING of wit! He is so hilarious and always has the perfect comeback. I found myself chuckling SO MUCH while reading this book. While Simon was king, the other characters in this book were very clever too!
- The writing- The way this book was written flowed so naturally that the story was really easy to follow. Granted, this book is not extremely plot-heavy, but it is certainly FULL OF FEELS and that is far more important to me!
What I DIDN’T like about the book
- Leah- she is the ONLY character I didn’t like in the book and she’s one of Simon’s best friends! She was so whiny and cynical, she was almost unpalatable. I even liked Martin the BLACKMAILER more than her!
As you can see, there are close to no negatives about this book. If you enjoy coming-of-age stories that are full of heart and humour, or are just a human being that loves to feel ALL THE FEELS, then this book is for you! It felt a bit reminiscent of another gem I’ve read (Aristotle & Dante, anyone?) and I loved it. From start to finish, this one was gold! My first 5-star read of the year 🙂
Have you read this book? Did it give you a serious case of the feels like it did for me? I’d love to hear all about it!
Until next time!