Simon vs the Homo Sapiens Agenda – Becky Albertlli

‘It’s a weirdly subtle conversation. I almost didn’t realise I was being blackmailed.
We’re sitting in metal folding chairs backstage and Martyn Addison says “I read you emails.”

7.26 - Simon vs the homo Sapien Agenda - female authorStraight people should have to come out too. And the more awkward it is, the better.
Simon Spier is sixteen and trying to work out who he is – and what he’s looking for.
But when one of his emails to the very distracting Blue falls into the wrong hands, things get all kinds of complicated.
Because, for Simon, falling for Blue is a big deal . . .
It’s a holy freaking huge awesome deal.

What I thought:

I LOVE this book. There’s no doubt that it’s a ‘normal’ coming of age story set in an American high school. It’s full of normal teenage problems of working out if your crush fancies you, getting the school work done, all the extra curricular stuff, and family woes. Except it isn’t because Simon’s gay and he’s falling for his crush over emails. Apart from knowing that the other guy is in fact a guy he has no clue who the person is but knows who they are. (Think Cinderella Story. You might not know their name or what they look like but you still know their personality and what kind of a person they are from their words). Simon is struggling with working out how to tell his family he’s gay. With opening up to anyone about this part of him that shouldn’t be important and yet it is. His emails to ‘Blue’ allow him to be free with his words and complain that he has to tell anyone in the first place let alone about the fact that straight people never have to come out.

Simon’s a great character and his life and problems feel real. When his emails get leaked to the school and his secret becomes public knowledge you really feel for him. To other people it might not seem like a big deal and it quickly becomes yesterday’s news but it’s up to him to tell people when and if he wants to. The choice got taken away from him.

Why I read it:

I’d heard loads of really good reviews of it and with the film (Love, Simon) coming out soon ( 26th April in the UK) I wanted to read it first.

Final thoughts:

It’s a beautiful coming of age story and the love story between Simon and Blue is adorable. I love the pair of them and I’m looking forward to reading the kind of sequel about one of the other character’s – Leah on the Off Beat – when it comes out in a couple of months. I’m also planning on going to the film as soon as I can, even if I have to go alone. One day the fact that it’s a gay love story won’t be important but right now it’s still a big deal. I honestly think this book will be remembered for being one of the first.

Would I recommend: YES! If you’re into YA then this an enjoyable and adorable read about the awkwardness of being a teenager, straight or not.

Reading Challenges:

PopSugar: LGBTQ+ protagonist, Meant to read in 2017 but didn’t get round to, problem facing society today
As always please comment and let me know if you’ve read it and what you thought.

Ta ta for now.

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