Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli
Published by Penguin on April 7, 2015
Genres: Young Adult, Contemporary, LGBT, Romance
“He talked about the ocean between people. And how the whole point of everything is to find a shore worth swimming to.”
THIS BOOK IS SO GOOD.
I haven’t read a book that gave me these warm fuzzies while also having elements that I relate to so much. A review snippet on the back of the book from Entertainment Weekly says “Worthy of Fault in Our Stars-Level obsession.” And I agree. I am not quite as obsessed like I was with Fault, but this book is oh, so close. AND the movie comes out next Friday (March 16!). I can’t wait. I don’t know if I’ll get to see if before I leave for Spring Break, but it’s a priority to go see it in theaters.
Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda is about this boy named Simon who is gay, but he hasn’t come out and the only person who knows is this anonymous guy he’s been emailing who goes to his school. Only, someone found the emails and they’re using it to blackmail Simon into doing what he wants.
Simon is such an easy read and it’s one of my favorite sub-genres of young adult: coming of age/into your own. I loved reading about Simon and his internal battle of wanting to come out but not being able to out of fear, not being ready, whatever the reason. It really gives a different perspective than what I’m used to reading and I’m really into it.
I found myself relating to, and empathizing with, Leah. We didn’t learn much about the other characters but that’s mainly because even Simon was wholly oblivious to his friends’ backgrounds. Which was a trait I also relate to. Being nosy but only about senseless things and not knowing the full background of your friends, no matter how long you’ve known them. But with Leah, the friend who gets squeezed out too easily is something I know well.
This book took me back to high school and I remembered how horrible teenagers can be. I found my eyes gathering tears when people stood up for Simon and as I watched him become more confident. It touches on some serious issues and there’s a couple quotes that I strongly agree with so I’m going to leave those here:
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.
White shouldn’t be the default any more than straight should be the default. There shouldn’t even be a default.
There shouldn’t be a default. I agree with this so much and I won’t go in depth, but in today’s world it’s easier to see how everyone tries to put people into boxes and the truth is, people shouldn’t be put in boxes. Let them say who they are before someone can shove them in a description. But that’s a post for another time.
I absolutely cannot wait to see Love, Simon in theaters and I wish it was this weekend it was reading…but I’ll just have to wait a bit longer.
Please read this book. It’s so worth it.