Published by Penguin Australia on March 25, 2015
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.
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!