Title: Simon vs the Homosapien Agenda
Author: Becky Albertalli
Publishing Date: 7th April 2015 – Balzer and Bray
Genre: YA, Contemporary
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. (Goodreads)
So I don’t really read contemporary/romance books, but this one was kind of cute – without being cheesy. It was one of those books where you couldn’t help but feel happy at the end, and it was such an easy read!
First things first: Simon Spier was awesome. He was that great combination of awkward and funny, and I think Becky Albertalli portrayed really realistic characters throughout. I was really invested in the relationship between Blue and Simon since they were both so cute and witty – but you could also feel Simon’s nervousness at falling in love with someone who might not be real. Even certain characters I didn’t like – like Martin or Leah – were really realistic. They made me think of people at my own school. I’m always going on about how important character development is within stories and I think that my opinions changed on most of the characters by the end – even Martin surprisingly. I still didn’t really like Leah but what can you do?. The heart hates who the heart hates (yes I know that’s not the quote and I didn’t really hate her).
I was glad how homosexuality was addressed in the book too. Simon acknowledges how being heterosexual is considered the norm, but also how being white is the norm too. The addition of the book looking at race was interesting since I didn’t expect that. I love mysteries, so it was fun figuring out who Blue was. I did guess who it was (seriously, I should be a detective) but I liked how the clues pointed to several possible people. Simon’s family were really funny too, so I’m glad their reaction to Simon wasn’t done in a cliche way and was actually kind of cute.
On a side note there’s a scene where Simon gets drunk and it is so funny!
Overall, this book has a lot of drama without it being melodramatic, and the mystery of finding out Blue’s identity was really fun. Becky Albertalli has created a really relatable protagonist, and this book has plenty of entertaining and cute moments. I really recommend you read it!