Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda
Published: 7th April, 2015
Balzer + Bray
Genre: Contemporary, Romance
Age: Young Adut
From: Publisher ARC won via YA Romantics Freebie Friday giveaway; copy from NetGalley
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.
Content warning: minor sexual mentions
What I liked: Simon vs. The Homo Sapiens Agenda was more of a look into an everyday teenage boy’s life than anything, and it made it warm and relatable because of it. It was sweet, funny, and overall really enjoyable to me. While the story centers around Simon and the mysterious boy known as Blue, there are plenty of outside things that happen that influence Simon’s story as well, on of which comes into the story very quickly. Simon’s friends were fun, and realistic for the most part and I enjoyed their part in the story. I really enjoyed the emails between Simon and Blue, and even came to adore the relationship Blue and Simon showed through as they discussed so many things. I also thought it was funny how the title of the story was worked into the story. The way the friendships were portrayed were really great too, and showed that guys and girls can definitely be friends, and it had plenty of positive messages. I think my favorite parts were, even after people found out Simon was gay no one made that big of a fuss about it, and after we find out who Blue is no one makes a big fuss about that either. Yeah, there was a little bit of bullying because Simon is gay, but those who knew him showed to be very kind and supportive of him. Simon’s parents were a bit hilarious in their own right, and I really enjoyed their parts in the story as well as Simon’s siblings.
What I didn’t like: I’ve never known so many people, let alone an entire school, use Tumblr. Mostly a sect of kids here and there in a school that would, so that was a strange addition to the story. Also, as an avid user of Tumblr, it sounds different from the one I use (although this could simply be because of the massive amount of changes Tumblr has done to the site this year alone).
Overall Review: This story was funny, entertaining, and an honest glimpse into what it can be like to be a teenager. Simon is flawed, yes, but so are the others that he surrounds himself with. Even the relationships have flaws to them, no matter what kind they were. From friendships to his family Simon’s relationships with others was clearly complicated in what they were like. I enjoyed that, quite a lot, because it gave them a realistic quality to them. The romance, even though it was mostly seen blossoming through the emails, was sweet, and very fluffy. Something that I loved reading, and the fact that I adored the dynamic of the relationship between Blue and Simon made me excited to figure out who Blue really was, and I wasn’t disappointed in who Blue was. The relationship between those two was perhaps my favorite because I saw it developed, but it was honest and adorable and I definitely can’t wait to read this book again.
Recommend?: Yes, definitely! Go read it because it was a great book and I loved it so much!
My Rating: 4/5