Review: Simon vs. the Homo Sapien Agenda


Title: Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda
Author: Becky Albertalli 
Page Count: 303
Read Date: November 7, 2015
Description: 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 Rating: 4 of 5 stars
My Review: [Note: This is an old review.  I bought and read a Kindle copy last year and when the paperback went on sale this year, I had to have a copy.  What can I say, I like physical copies of books.  Anyway, I added this review to the blog now, because I was a super slacker last year and didn’t post it.]

***Possible Spoilers in the Following Review***

I’m not sure what I expected when I decided I needed to read this, but this wasn’t it. At the first few paragraphs I was disappointed. It seemed almost juvenile in how it was written. But the more I read, the more my mind changed.

This was a fun read; I couldn’t put it down. I started it late thinking I would read a few chapters and then go to bed. But it didn’t work that way for me. Here I am in the wee hours of the morning reviewing it because I couldn’t stop reading until I finished.

I felt for Simon and wanted to murder Martin. But I also wanted to punch Simon. At the very least he should have told his best friend that someone was blackmailing him to get to her, but there wouldn’t have been much of a story then. The blackmail debacle is what gave us time to get to know Simon and Blue as well as Simon’s friends, who were important.

I hurt so bad when Martin outed Simon. I wanted to deep fry him in fish oil, but I think we all knew it was coming. Martin was selfish and childish and could have been a good friend to Simon if not for his immaturity. All he cared about was what he wanted and I’m glad that Simon didn’t forgive him in the end. Maybe he does somewhere down the line, like well into adulthood, but even that would be too good for him. What Martin did doesn’t deserve forgiveness.

As for Blue, I had a feeling all along that it wasn’t Cal. For a half second I wondered about Nick, but when they described him having anime heart-eyes for Abby I knew it wasn’t an act. In the end I suspected and even hoped for [spoiler] because of the way Simon noticed him. He REALLY noticed him even if it was only in passing and that spoke volumes to me. I’m so glad it was him, and I’m so glad they worked out.

If nothing else this book had laughs and teaches the dangers of logging into private accounts on public computers. It should also teach people to think before you act, because there are some things you can’t take back that could ruin other’s lives. And the guilt is something you live with forever.


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