Simon vs the Homo Sapiens Agenda

Hi readers… all 17 of you! I know I haven’t posted anything for a while, sorry 😦 , I’ve been a bit busy. But happy easter and I’ll try to get back to posting regularly soon. x

Name: Simon vs the Homo Sapiens Agenda

Author: Becky Albertalli

Published: 2015

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Simon Spier is 16 and still figuring out who he is. He feels like nobody knows, except his online boyfriend Blue. But the thing is, despite emailing him for nearly a year, Simon doesn’t actually know who Blue is. 

So when one of Simon’s emails falls into the wrong hands, he becomes stuck between helping his blackmailer or coming out to the rest of the world – and Blue. But Simon is unsure whether he is ready for Blue to find him in real life. And for him to find Blue. 

“People really are like houses with vast rooms and tiny windows. And maybe it’s a good thing the way we never stop surprising each other”

Simon vs the Homo Sapiens Agenda is one of the best books I’ve read this year. It’s very heartfelt and captivating, and will have you on the verge of tears whilst laughing. I’m starting to realise why they shortened the title to Love, Simon in the movie! (more on that later) Never mind, just have to copy and paste.

One of the greatest things about this book is that it has loads of different genres inside it, because while there is the romance between Simon and Blue; there is also family problems; disputes with friends; and of course the mystery of who Blue could be. It’s definitely not your typical romance storyline. The book also shines a light on the bullying faced by LGBTQ+ at high school, but I thought that it was handled very well.

“Straight people should have to come out too. And the more awkward it is, the better.”

SWEETENER: While the book covers some quite serious topics, there is humour and light hearted moments in-between. Everything is quite realistic though: the relationship between Simon and his online pen-pal isn’t exaggerated, as is the response to Simon coming out. Simon himself is a wonderful and hilarious character; the reader will be able to relate to his problems and daily life as a teen.

Now, as I said earlier, back in 2017 the book was adapted into a movie. I haven’t seen it yet, but it’s supposed to be very good and I can’t wait to watch it. Its a 12A, so I would probably recommend the book to that sort of age rating because there is some older content – as you would expect in a YA book – and they say the f word once. Here is the trailer:

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I’m a teenager from Manchester, and a proud Hufflepuff. I like oversized jumpers, indie music you’ve probably not heard of, and books. Honestly, any books I can get my hands on but my personal favourites are fantasy, mystery or your classic teenage romance (it’s ironic I know – but you can’t really go wrong with ‘A Fault in Our Stars’)! I’m always being told to go and ‘be active’ or something instead of sitting in my room reading and listening to the Smiths, but honestly I don’t see the point. Why would I want to go for a run when I could be reading Rainbow Rowell or Good Omens. And it’s Morrisey for god’s sake. So, I decided to do something with the growing piles of books in my room… and you’re reading the product! It’s a lot more interesting than I thought it would be and I really enjoy it – and I hope you do too. I try to write a review after I’ve read the book each week every Saturday, but no promises! The aim is hundreds and thousands of books (see what I did there?) but I’m not quite there. Yet.

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