Title: Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda
By: Becky Albertalli
Published: April 7th 2015
By: Balzer + Bray
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.
“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.”
Omg guys now understand all the hype surrounding this book, it’s so adorable and sweet and amazing, love it !, it has made me feel so happy, I almost cry several times because I’m so full of feelings, is a great book really, and I’m very pleased with the Becky Albertalli’s writing style , was so fluid, I’m dying to read more of her books
Well, I suppose to date you all know what this it’s about, but in case you don’t know yet here goes a little summary, the story follows Simon he’s a 17 year old boy who is blackmailed by a guy named Martin, so if he doesn’t help him with what he wants then he’ll reveal all Simon’s e-mails with a boy named Blue and so everyone will discover that he’s gay. And the plot surrounds this situation a lot, but it’s much more than that. Simon is faced with having to reveal his sexual orientation and then he struggles with all his inner thoughts about what people going to think , his family, his friends and how that will impact and change his life, while the only one who really knows him is Blue and we follow this adorable love story between two people who don’t know each other personally but who have a very strong bond that unites them
“The way I feel about him is like a heartbeat — soft and persistent, underlying everything.”
Love the book, as I said and probably I’ll say a thousand times more lol. I really like the fact that it focuses on sexuality and all the “come out” thing, but at the same time this isn’t exactly the main theme there is much more going on and I feel that everything that goes through Simon’s mind and how brave that he’s, is super inspiring, I admire as even though it’s tough for him and although it takes a while, he faces his fears and as he has all that support of his friends is adorable, .I feel that he’s a super lucky boy because the amazing friends he has but also because his family, who although very particular and passionate is very understanding and very open mind which gives a great perspective and a great example
The romance of the story between Simon and “Blue” is the most adorable thing, I’ve enjoy reading their e-mails alot, the connection between them is indisputable and is one of the most beautiful couples in the literary world, the way they support each other and go through all these stages together is great. I love this dynamic and I feel that Simon is much of what he’s at the end of the book thanks to Blue and Blue is what he’s thanks to Simon, so beyond the romance I think it’s a beautiful friendship, love this
“People really are like house with vast rooms and tiny windows. And maybe it’s a good thing, the way we never stop surprising each other.”
Simon’s friendships are great, I love how everyone is so different and how everyone is equally important to him, to see how they react to Simon being gay I think it’s very real because everyone has different reactions and it’s very interesting to see. How they support Simon is beautiful and as well as all grow in their personalities in the end is great too, because although I love following the story of Simon, following the individual stories of others is nice and interesting too
At first I was like “I hate Martin so much”, and I think he handled the situation so badly, was so selfish and sloppy but in the end his way of apologizing to Simon, although I didn’t think is the best kind of way, I think it was a necessary moment in the story and although to be honest I don’t care about Martin I think ihe’s the representation of many people in the world because as for Martin for many it’s so easy to make fun of the other for being gay or different, so I think probably we all know someone like that in real life but even so he has retracted and he’s regret so I think it’s valuable for Simon, so it’s also for me
I had a lot of fun with this book, I laughed a lot, I have alot of feels, and I don’t want to talk a lot about it for two reasons. First I feel it’ns the book that maybe was more hard to me to review because of the amount of emotions that I have right now and second, I think it’s so important that you experience this book without knowing so much about it and I know that you’ll have a beautiful surprise