Review: Simon and the Homosapien’s Agenda

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Summary:

William C. Morris Award Winner

National Book Award Longlist

Everybody is talking about Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda!

“A remarkable gift of a novel.”—Andrew Smith, author of Grasshopper Jungle
“I am so in love with this book.”—Nina LaCour, author of Hold Still
“Feels timelessly, effortlessly now.”—Tim Federle, author of Better Nate Than Ever
“The best kind of love story.”—Alex Sanchez, Lambda Award-winning author of Rainbow Boys and Boyfriends with Girlfriends

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 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.

Incredibly funny and poignant, this twenty-first-century coming-of-age, coming out story—wrapped in a geek romance—is a knockout of a debut novel by Becky Albertalli.

My Thoughts:

Full Disclosure—It took me a minute to start this one. It has been waiting on my kindle for months and I kept putting it off because I was hearing WAY too many good things about it. —It couldn’t possibly be that good.

It was great! I will admit, at time, I did put it down and go to other things, but over all I loved it.

The progression of Simon and Blue’s email relationship was interesting. I’ve only ever attended and worked at small high schools, so I’ve never understood the idea of HUGE schools in books and movies where kids don’t know each other that well. Where I’ve been- the identities would be quickly guessed because you’ve known your entire 150 member class since Kindergarten.

That isn’t to say it was unbelievable or anything- just that I always find it interesting in fiction.

Meanwhile, all of the characters are also very believable. Sometimes characters in fiction tend to be a sort of caricature of what teens are really like. That isn’t the case here at all!

In all, I definitely suggest this if you’re looking for a cute, quick read.

It took me some time because I was reading several things at the time, but for most people I think it’d be a fast read.

Look into it and I hope that you enjoy!

-M

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