Becky Albertalli’s debut novel, Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda has been getting a ton of buzz this year. It’s even nominated for two Goodreads Choice Awards – Young Adult Fiction and Debut Goodreads Author. I’ve heard so much about this book, and I finally picked it up last week. I’ve been in a bit of a reading slump, but this book completely took me out of it! I stayed up until probably two in the morning to finish it, which I haven’t done in a while. It is just so good!
Sixteen-year-old Simon Spier is not-so-openly gay. He knows his family will be accepting, but he doesn’t want it made into a BIG DEAL, which is what his parents do with everything. But when his emails fall into the wrong hands, Simon finds himself blackmailed: he can play wingman to annoying Martin, or risk the entire school finding out about his sexuality. Or worse: compromising the identity of the boy he’s been writing, Blue. Simon finds himself in a tangled web of love and friendship and family. He has to find a way to tell his friends and family before he loses control of the situation, and the boy he’s never met, but is falling for anyway.
This book is so freaking adorable! I absolutely loved it! I don’t personally identify as LGBTQIA, but I did really enjoy that aspect of Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda. I thought Simon’s whole coming-out process was just so genuine, and exactly what I would have imagined it to be in his situation. But, while it is a coming-out story, it’s also just a story about friendship and family and dealing with high school drama. I thought the love story was really cute, and I like that it was anonymous and spanned over the entire book – it was a nice change from the ever-popular insta-love trope. Plus, it’s so well written! I thought the story was funny and sweet and sad, and just perfect.
I wish I had a half-star symbol, so I could give this four and a half stars. Because it was just sooo good! The only thing I was kind of disappointed in was that I figured out Blue’s identity about halfway through the novel, way before Simon did, and I think because it was so obvious to me, I got a little impatient in the time it took Simon to figure it out. But, overall, I really, really loved this book. A lot more than I was expecting to. If you haven’t read it yet, I would highly recommend it!
You can get your own copy of Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli here. If you’re looking to get into LGBTQIA literature, I think this would be an excellent starting point. It’s also just great contemporary YA literature. So go read it!