I received this book for free from in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli
Published by Balzer + Bray/HarperCollins on April 7, 2015
Genres: Contemporary, LGBT+, Young Adult
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. (from Goodreads)
When I first heard of this book (and if you are into LGBT+ YA, I doubt you missed it as it was one of the most anticipated 2015 releases in the genre), I knew I had to read it. Well… I RACED THROUGH THIS BOOK, that’s how much I enjoyed it!
For me Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda was most of all a nice mix of things I like to see in a LGBT+ coming-out themed young adult book. There’s friendship, there’s high school, there’s family. It’s got all the classic feelings of uncertainty that come with growing up and especially being a gay teenager. Everything is utterly realistic and believable without getting boring for even a moment. Does the book have anything super duper special? Not really, no. But that’s okay. Albertalli managed to write a modern, fresh book. The e-mails, Facebook, Tumblr, I really enjoyed all of that (although there’s a risk this book will get outdated soon..)
The book has a nice bit of mystery that takes up most of the plot: who is Blue? I think Albertalli managed to keep us on the edge of our seat. I couldn’t wait to find out and had to keep reading. I buddy-read this book with Cynthia of Afterwritten and since she finished it first I had a lot of fun throwing my guesses at her haha. The mystery especially made it a real page turner.
And then of course I shouldn’t forget to mention the characters. First and foremost there’s Simon and I think you cannot help falling a little bit in love with him. Simon is pretty much an average teenager and I love the voice Albertalli gave him. Simon’s friends, while a bit in the background, are still rounded characters which is great to see considering it’s a relatively short book. And I’ve got so much to say about Blue but… hah, I won’t.
So yes. Great quick read with lots of positivity. This book won’t take up lots of your time so that’s one reason to get it the moment it’s out… but it’s much more 🙂 An enjoyable and fun read and I definitely recommend it!
Also let me take this opportunity to once again promote Cayce‘s LGBT Challenge 2015. Please sign up if you are interested in reading LGBT+ literature (and this year it’s not limited to YA!). And if you’d like to do a buddy-read like me and Cynthia did with Simon, there’s a central post here where you can find like-minded people.