Book Review: Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda

Posted October 3, 2016 by love2dazzle in Reviews, Young Adult / 0 Comments

Book Review: Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens AgendaSimon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli
Published by Balzer + Bray on April 7th 2015
Pages: 303
Format: Paperback

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.

“Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda” by Becky Albertalli was sweet. Being in someone’s head is very interesting. Simon is gay but he is not out of the closet yet. He has a secret pen pal who is also gay. Now these two don’t know who the other is. They aren’t at the point of revealing themselves. They seem to enjoy talking about life and their school.

I liked the letters portion of the book. It was fun reading through emails. I was more interested in reading the emails of what the characters were going through instead of the story itself. I just found it more intriguing.

I think Simon was ready to come out to the world but wasn’t sure how to do it. I think his emails was an attempt to start the process. I think my biggest disappointment was the fact hat the family and friends didn’t know. It was a surprise to his parents, but I felt like Simon showed so many signs. “Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda” was okay. Not really the book for me.


About love2dazzle

Ali Kiki is a reader, writer, reviewer, blogger, and photographer in Portland, OR. An avid reader since childhood, you can usually find her devouring a book or stalking the bookstagram hashtag in her lovely apartment surrounded by books. Ali has been blogging since 2006 and she created Dazzled by Books in 2012. Her most recent adventure is making bookish candles for Stub Tail Candle Co., which are sold on Etsy.

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