SIMON VS. THE HOMO SAPIENS AGENDA | Reviewing my first GLBT fiction

Simon vs. The Homo Sapiens Agenda Book Cover Simon vs. The Homo Sapiens Agenda
Becky Albertalli
Young Adult, Contemporary, Glbt
Balzer + Bray
April 7th 2015
Hardcover
320

 

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.

February book haul

Spoiler free review of Simon vs. the homo sapiens agenda.

I initially gave this book a 3.4/5 rating on Goodreads and I’ve since changed my thoughts about this book a little bit but I’ll hold on to my original rating because I want to re-read it before the movie comes out. Maybe I’ll like it even better, then.

Something about book-to-movie adaptations.

Speaking of… you really want to check out the cast. Trust me.

Let’s get the bad stuff out of the way before we talk about the good. I did not like the first 100 pages of this book. Everything was going painfully slow and I was thrown into this very dire situation where Simon’s secret and his relationship with Blue was threatened and I felt that the situation demanded some level of panic but I could not bring myself to give two shits.

Another thing that bothered me while reading the book was that Simon’s character was a push over. He let people dictate his actions and by doing so, betrayed his closest friends.

Okay, now moving on to the good stuff. While the first 100 pages were slow and boring, the rest was pretty good. Once the book picked up the pace, it was really smooth sailing. I finished the rest of it in a single sitting.

I really enjoyed Simon’s relationship with Blue and I’m glad that this book addresses bullying and other social issues. The last 100 pages were phenomenally good. I harassed my copy with post-it stickers in a manner that it resembled the rainbow. More power to my LGBT friends.

The characters are relatable. The language and the plot are realistic. Although I figured out who Blue was, well before Simon, I really did end up enjoying his journey a lot. On the other hand, the novel was not very emotionally engaging because most of the stressful stuff happened too early in the novel for me to care too deeply about it. In any case, I enjoyed it a lot.

This book is worth your time if you can make it through the first 100 pages. Just hold on. It’s going to be a fun ride.You just have to trust the author to do it right.