Reviewed by Marieke Nijkamp
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.
Simon vs. The Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli is quite possibly the most adorable, happy-making YA debut of 2015. The story follows Simon Spier, whose voice is hilarious and absolutely spot-on, as he maneuvers his secret crush, high school, his increasingly complicated friendships, and his interesting and, as far as he’s concerned, far-too-interested family.
Simon’s gems of observations – “But I’m tired of coming out. All I ever do is come out. I try not to change, but I keep changing, in all these tiny ways. And every freaking time, I have to reintroduce myself to the universe all over again.” – make this already amazing book shine, and his and Blue’s email exchange is simply too cute for words. Simon vs. The Homo Sapiens Agenda had me smiling for days.
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