Book Review: Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli

General  Thoughts:

This book gave me butterflies in my stomach. Such a cute love story.
Loved all the harry potter references…
Loved the diversity in this book
Loved Simon’s Family
Just loved this book. Becky doesn’t make a big deal about Gay Love, and the ebook is such a light read about such a serious topic, and I absolutely loved this cute love story…
Cannot recommend this book enough…

Plot Summary:

Simon is in a secret email relationship with another gay boy from his school, and it’s their story of coming out and how they learn about each other’s real identities. While these emails end up in the wrong hands, and he gets blackmailed about it, Simon is dealing with his parents, friends, and school; telling them he is gay.

I really think that’s enough information to get into the story. One of those books where it’s best you dive into it without knowing much.

Things I liked:

  • Diversity
    We not only have a Gay Couple, but also an interracial one. It’s just so diverse and lets you in on how coming out really feels like. I loved how it’s not stereotyped into a story about unacceptance. How all his close ones were so supportive about his sexuality which  was super comforting to read. It does make you wonder about the LGBT community and what they go through, which makes this such an important read in today’s world.
  • Harry Potter References
    I have been re-reading the Harry Potter series, and this is just the right book to pick up if you are a Potterhead. I loved the whole fanfiction about Draco and Harry. Haha! GAY FANDOMS!  Simon is a Hufflepuff you guys! I loved the part where he kind of disowns Nora for not knowing Harry Potter Details, and he does wear spectacles like Harry Potter too.  This earned an extra star just for its Harry Potter references.
  • Strong Characters
    This book not only has really well written main characters, but also complex and layered side characters. The sadness of Leah’s unrequited love, Martin being an asshole by blackmailing Simon. Or Taylor being at everything!  Don’t we all know a Taylor? I know I do. Simon’s cool parents and lovely family <3 . But most of all I loved Simon’s Teacher who stood up for him and too initiative against him being bullied.  Finally, Abby! I loved to read about her . She is also in Beckie’s previous book, and it was so nice to meet her again. 
  • Cute Love Story
    Simon is a gay guy who isn’t out yet and is in love with his Email friend, Blue. There’s a scene where Blue hangs an Elliott Smith shirt on Simon’s locker. THAT WAS SO CUTE … OMGGG <3 It was just so wonderful to read a beautiful love story for a change, that made me cry happy tears.

I would recommend it to someone that wants to read a book on LGBT + rep, a cute love story or a light read but yet an *essential* read.

Notable Quotes:

“Why is straight the default? Everyone should have to declare one way or another, and it shouldn’t be this big awkward thing whether you’re straight, gay, bi, or whatever. I’m just saying.”

“White shouldn’t be the default any more than straight should be the default. There shouldn’t even be a default.”

“People really are like a house with vast rooms and tiny windows. And maybe it’s a good thing, the way we never stop surprising each other.”

“He talked about the ocean between people. And how the whole point of everything is to find a shore worth swimming to.”

“I mean, I feel secure in my masculinity, too. Being secure in your masculinity isn’t the same as being straight.”

“Nothing is worse than the secret humiliation of being insulted by proxy.”

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Aesthetically Pleasing Character Moodboards

I loved Simon! His love for Harry Potter, Oreos and Elliott Smith. The anxiety and awkwardness of coming out. He is so funny and cheeky at times. He is ADORABLE!

BLUE!  I had a dozen theories of who Blue could be, and It took me by surprise of Blue actually was. Can’t blame Simon for falling in love with him, his emails are poetic.



Why did I wait so long to pick this one up? >< I am literally mad at myself.  I can’t wait to watch this movie that’s coming out this month… SO EXCITED!!! 

 

 

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