Review #4 : Simon vs. The Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli

19547856.jpgSimon vs. The Homo Sapiens Agenda is your classic cheesy contemporary. It revolves around a drama kid named Simon who gets blackmailed by an equally nerdy kid. It follows Simon through his ups and downs throughout the book. He has a lot of them if we are being honest. He is in the closet about his sexuality, but he has a pen pal that knows the truth. Simon is one of those characters you’ll either really love or really hate. I felt like I was in the middle because some parts I really disliked him, yet during other parts of the story he was enjoyable. He is your classic troubled high school student.

Overall,  I really enjoyed the story. There was a few things that didn’t really sit right with me. The scene at gay bar really rubbed me the wrong way. I felt like it portrayed gay bars in a sort of negative light. I also didn’t like the build up to figuring out who the pen pal. It felt very flat to me. All of the sudden there he was. You didn’t really get too many hints of who it could be and it’s the person you last expect it to be.

I do recommend this book for people who are looking for your cheesy contemporary. It’s really good in that aspect. It was also a really quick read.

“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.”

Rating: 4/5 stars | Read April 17th – April 18th

Additional Information

Goodreads Link

Pages: 320 pages

Genre: Young Adult Contemporary

Synopsis:

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.

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