Release Day Review: Simon vs The Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli

March 25, 2015 by Jeann @ Happy Indulgence | 5 stars, Books, Reviews

Release Day Review: Simon vs The Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky AlbertalliSimon vs the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli
Published by Penguin Australia on March 25, 2015
Source: Publisher
Genres: Contemporary, Romance, Young Adult
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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.

I’m wrapped in a warm, fuzzy blanket of Simon and Blue, and oh what a wonderful feeling it is.

Despite the mouthful of a name, Simon vs The Homo Sapiens Agenda is completely adorable and a must read! It features platonic friendships between guys and girls (THIS should happen more often), and a wonderful developing relationship between two guys.

I loved how the relationship developed over email, where Simon and Blue got to know each other by sharing their innermost thoughts and feelings, on being gay, school, family and friends and the love of Oreos. Because they both go to the same school, they avoid giving any clues away. Their friendship just felt so real and genuine, and when they becoming more and more bold flirting with each other, it was just so cute. I fell in love with Blue before we found out who he was.

‘I think I’m a little bit in love with him.’

The wonderful thing about how gay people are portrayed here is that they’re not flamboyant or stereotypes, they simply just were. Simon’s this totally hilarious, unknowingly popular kid with a close group of friends who everyone likes. He has this hilarious, really dry sort of humour which I really connected with, and I loved seeing things from his perspective. Without giving too much away, Blue was completely normal as well, and I loved how their peers accepted it. There was no drama or meanness just for the sake of it.

There are platonic friendships between guys and girls, which is absolutely fantastic! I have a lot of guy friends myself which I have never felt romantically about, and YES it’s completely okay. There should be more platonic relationships in YA! Simon is the perfect BFF (although his friend’s don’t know it yet) with his childhood friends Leah, Nick and recently, Abby the bright and bubbly new girl in town. He’s supportive, he admires the good traits in his friends and loves them, flaws and all.

‘I don’t know why the gay thing isn’t like that. I don’t know why keeping it from them makes me feel like I’m living a secret life.’

Family is obviously a big part of every teenagers life, and Simon, and even his friends have realistic relationships with his parents. Given they be hipsters and are a little bit quirky, I just loved how they were supportive in their own ways. And totally hilarious.

“So, which one of them did it?”….”Turned you off women. Was it the one with the eyebrows, the eye makeup, or the overbite?” – Simon’s Dad.

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Simon vs The Homo Sapiens Agenda captures the fluffiness of a cute developing relationship really well, it gave me all the feels as Simon starts falling for Blue. You can really feel his sense of longing, his constant thoughts on his new crush and how he just wants to know who he is. I just loved how adorable this book was, and how it portrayed healthy relationships for couples (gay, bi or straight), family, and friends. You all need to read this guys. It’s out today. Get ready for the feels!

Rating: 5 out of 5 (ALL THE STARS IN THE WORLD)

 

Thank you to Penguin Australia for sending me this book in exchange for an honest review!

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52 responses to “Release Day Review: Simon vs The Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli

  1. ALL THE STARS IN THE WORLD??? OK OK THAT HAS 100% CONVINCED ME. Also I'm glad that being gay just happens to be there rather than emphasized as a stereotype. I feel like that happens a lot and I would just like it if it wasn't something that identified you fully 😛 AWESOME REVIEW JEANN
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  2. danielleisbusyreading

    This book made me so so happy! It's one of my new favorites, and I can't wait to get my physical copy in the mail! I loved Simon, Simon + Blue, Simon's family, and Simon's friends – just, amazing characters all around!

    Great review, girl. 🙂

  3. Zoe

    I HAVE HEARD NOTHING BUT GLOWING REVIEWS FOR THIS JEANN! Gosh…I just want a copy so badly! It sounds like such a wonderfully written story, with everything from complex and diverse characters to a shippable romance. Thank you for getting me excited about this! 😉
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  4. This book sounds absolutely incredible! I think you've made a really important point, that being gay wasn't the stereotypical portrayal in this one, that they weren't the token gay character or flamboyant. I can imagine how offensive that stereotype actually is. That they fell in love over getting to know each other through emails, oh god, I'm all giddy already. I love when characters have that intellectual connection and out of the ordinary romance. I NEED THIS!

    Brilliant review Jeann, I'm already swooning <3
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    • SO FANTASTIC KELLY. And you nailed it, I mean stereotypes are there for a reason but that's what they really are, you don't have to be the stereotype to be it you know? Gosh, this one really does give me butterflies. Hope you get to read it Kelly!

  5. Ahhh i'm so excited for this book and I know everyone loves it so I can't wait to dig in and read it! Lovely review Jeann 🙂

  6. Marianne @ Boricuan Bookworms

    This book makes me all kinds of happy. I'm so glad theres a book like this that doesn't seem stereotypical or cliche. I really want to meebthese characters!and I'm so curious as to who Blue may be! I have this from Edelweiss so I'll have to read it soon. Great review, hun!

  7. Faye M.

    I'm so glad to have finally found a book that features a gay person not as someone that is filled with stereotype, but a gay person that's simply who he is – a person without all the propaganda or the clichés and caricatures that media nowadays attribute to being gay. It sounds so meaningful, their relationship and pretty much the overall story of this book and the character development each goes through!
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    • I know, I mean you don't need someone who is flamboyant just because he's a gay character you know? It's kind of insulting, and I'm glad both him and his love interest were portrayed realistically.

  8. Benish

    I haven't heard of this one, but it does sound intriguing. I don't know what rock I've been hiding under lol. It does sound like a cute fluffy novel<3 Fantastic review overall. Have you heard of the book None of the Above? It's about a girl who is inter-sexed.
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  9. Benish

    Hmm, I haven't heard of this one yet – I don't know where I have been lately lol. It does sound like a cute fluffy story! Fantastic review overall. Have you heard of None of The Above? It's an upcoming release about a girl who is inter-sexed.
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    • It's sooo cute, fluffy and fantastic! I have heard of None of the Above and have read mixed reviews, I think I should give it a shot though!

  10. EEP. YES, YES, AND YES TO EVERYTHING YOU SAID IN THIS REVIEW, JEANN <3

    SIMON is seriously one of the cutest books I have ever read, but that also touches on hugely important issues, as well. It's just perfect, and I'm SO glad you loved it as much as I did 😀

    I'm actually really happy about how well it is being received because all too often the wonderful LGBT+ YA books being released kind of fly under the radar 🙁 Hopefully the buzz around SIMON means this is changing, because it definitely needs to!

    Lovely review, dear <3
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    • SO MUCH LOVE FOR IT CHIARA! IT was so cute and done so well and definitely perfect. I'm always keen for more LGBT recommendations, I put "Everything Leads To You" on hold at the library. Thanks hun <3

  11. Braine-Talk Supe

    Although I love the stereo typical gay, I am also relieved when I character is gay but perfectly normal. Sometimes stereotypes can either be overkill or harmful even.

    • Yeah, I'm glad the stereotype here wasn't presented yet again but it was shown that it could happen to anyone.

  12. IT WAS SUCH A GOOD BOOK!!! I read through it so quickly because I couldn't bear to put it down but I also didn't want it to end!! I could read a whole book of Simon and Blue's emails. And yes, the way she depicted all the characters and all the relationships was fantastic. I cannot wait to read more from Albertalli. Great review!
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    • SO FANTASTIC wasn't it? I just loved their email conversations, it was so cute and gave me butterflies! Thanks James 🙂

    • I know, for once we get something released before everyone else! Can't wait to hear what you think when it's out Pili.

  13. DreWolf

    When I saw this on Goodreads last year, I knew this could be something that I will actually love. Of course, there are platonic friends, I have one myself, and we've never felt anything romantic about each other. It exists! Yay! (For some reason, I am gravitating over contemporaries, so I will pick this one up!) Solid review!
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