Title: Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda
Author: Becky Albertalli
Date: April 7th 2015
Publisher: Balzer + Bray
Simon vs. The Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertelli is a Young Adult LGBTQ+ book that will be soon released as a movie, main reason why I read this book, besides the good reviews it has. The protagonist is Simon, a junior who is threatened by his classmate, Martin, because he has screenshots of some of the e-mails Simon has sent to a certain Blue, another gay boy in his school with whom he exchanges e-mails, even though they don’t know each other’s true identity.
This book is a journey about stepping out of one’s comfort zones, while trying to make everything remain the same. It’s a wonderful coming-out story that has many layers to it.
I liked the book: Simon’s struggles to cover his sexual orientation from his family and his best friends, the dynamics in the story were realistic and I think the true protagonist of the story was Bieber. I’m joking. But I like the dog, even though I’m scared of dogs in true life.
Simon is naive, kind and a Oreo lover. However, sometimes he misses things that make it harder for him to relate with other people. He’s relationship with Blue overwhelmed me with their cuteness and I kind of got addicted to it.
Simon’s family was important in the story, too. His parents are afraid of how quickly their sons are growing up and every new things they do is made into a huge deal, while trying to be hippie parents. Nora is quiet, while Alice is the sister that made things lighter between them all.
However, I think the most amazing character was Leah. She’s a strong girl, full of sarcasm and an unrequited love. She hides many things, but hates being left out of things. Her character is very inspirational. I can’t wait for her book!
Overall, the writing style was good, the story was light-hearted and cute and the characters likeable. I recommend it if you like a quick, but impacting story, and give it 5 out of 5 stars.
About the author
Becky Albertalli is the author of the acclaimed novels Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda (film: Love, Simon), The Upside of Unrequited, and Leah on the Offbeat. She is also the co-author of What If It’s Us with Adam Silvera. A former clinical psychologist who specialized in working with children and teens, Becky lives with her family in Atlanta.