Synopsis from Goodreads:
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.
About: Simon vs the Homo Sapiens Agenda is a fiction novel written by Becky Albertalli. It was published on 4/7/15 by Balzer & Bray, 320 pages. The genres are young adult, contemporary, GLBT, romance, and fiction. The author’s new book is called The Upside of Unrequited and will be published 4/11/17. (Please follow the link of the title to see my review).
My Experience: I started reading Simon vs the Homo Sapiens Agenda on 1/8/17 and finished it on 1/14/17 at 3:40AM. This book is a great read. I enjoy the humor and the great family dynamic. His friends are great too. His drama teacher Ms. Albright is really cool. The ending is so sweet. I really love how everything comes together at the end.
In this book, readers will follow the point of view of Simon Spier, a high school student. His life revolves around his family with parents and two sisters Alice and Nora with his 3 best friends Nick, Abby, and Leah. He has many other friends he sits with at lunch too but he’s not very close with them. When each of his friend’s birthday comes, Leah usually brings in a chocolate cake and in order to have a slice of cake, each person have to wear a party hat. Simon’s family is real fun. They like to watch reality TV shows and play trivia together. I really like the Facebook Trivia. That’s hilarious! I like Simon’s parents. They are really cool parents. I love their parole to being grounded. His sisters are too awesome as well!
The plot and the organization of this book is great. The writing is easy to read and at times, I just couldn’t put the book down. It’s full of suspense that I couldn’t guess until it is reveal in the end. I really like the emails between Simon and Blue. Blue is super sweet. I wish there’s more of him in the story. I like reading his emails but I can’t recall if he shows up in the story that much. I like following Simon’s train of thoughts too, especially at the end. It’s really cute!
Pro: family, friends, GLBT, humor, suspense, fast paced,
Con: More Blue please!
I rate it 5 stars!
Grab yourself a copy here: Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda
***Disclaimer: I borrowed this book from my local public library and my opinions are honest.