By BECKY ALBERTALLI
“Simon vs. The Homosapien Agenda” is about Simon Spier, a high school student who is also a closeted gay kid. The only person who knows this is Blue, a guy he met online who also goes to his high school. The twist? Simon and Blue don’t know who the other is. But when a classmate finds out about Simon’s sexuality and his emails, he blackmails Simon for his own gain, thus starting a hell of a ride for Simon as he figures out a way to balance school, friends, family, their upcoming school production of “Oliver”, and Blue.
I obviously should have written down my thoughts RIGHT AFTER I read it (and now it’s been like 3 days since I read the book and watched the movie), but oh well, I’ll do my best.
“Simon vs. The Homosapien Agenda” was always on my TBR list, but it wasn’t so up there that it didn’t really occur to me to purchase the book. Even when “Love, Simon” came out, it got a higher place in my list just cause of the movie, but still not high enough for me to want to purchase it every time I saw it in the bookstore. I ended up having a copy because a friend of mine gave it to me as a gift for my 19th birthday (along with 2 fantasy novels that she’s been begging me to read so she has someone else to fangirl with).
Usually books gifted to me are left unread in my library for quite a while because most of the time, it’s a book I don’t really feel like reading (hence why I didn’t buy them for myself in the first place), but I had just finished reading the entire “Throne of Glass” series by Sarah J. Maas and I needed something really lighthearted and just easy to read — something you would bring to the beach, basically. So I chose “Simon” and a different book, put up a poll on my Instagram story and asked my followers which one I should read first, and I wasn’t surprised when “Simon” won.
I did not expect to fall in love with Simon.
But I did. I fell in love with this character so much so that I just wanted to jump into this book and give him a big-ass hug, because he deserved it. I came into this book thinking I was just going to maybe enjoy it but I didn’t expect it to make me cry and have another character to love.
(WARNING: SPOILERS FROM HERE UNTIL THE END)
Becky Albertalli’s writing style isn’t the best, but I loved how she was able to flesh out Simon and his friends. I especially enjoyed reading Simon and Blue’s emails. I found them both to be so endearing, and the beauty of books, is that Albertalli is able to give more details about Blue and who he is, so that at least when Blue is finally revealed, it’s not a “that came out-of-the-blue” type of moment. When he was revealed to be Bram at the end, I really think that it did make sense in the end. Also the last few scenes where we got to see a bit of Simon and Bram as a couple made me so happy. I especially loved the part when Bram’s friend (I’m sorry, I forgot his name) told Simon that Bram made him watch Simon’s play with him twice.
I kind of didn’t really like Leah. I guess I was just kinda annoyed that she was so needy and insecure (and she lowkey reminded me of someone I didn’t like…), and just how mad she was at Simon for telling Abby that he was gay and not her, and not inviting her to hang out with them sometimes just really irked me. I mean, yeah I get it, you and Simon and Nick are like super best friends since childhood and maybe you don’t really like Abby, but that doesn’t mean Simon and Nick shouldn’t like her as well? I don’t know, it’s not really that big of an issue for me, but I do love that she was there for Simon when he got out-ed.
Speaking of Simon being out-ed… Martin. Oh, Martin. I’m definitely pissed that he out-ed Simon. NO ONE deserves to have that moment taken away from them.
All in all, I really enjoyed reading the book. I managed to finish it in 4 hours in one sitting, and it was just a nice and easy read. I think this is a book everyone should read. Not just people in the LGBTQ+ community struggling to come out to their loved ones, but just anyone in general who are having difficulty speaking their truth.
Goodreads Rating: 4/5 Stars