Title: Simon Vs. The Homo Sapiens Agenda
Author: Becky Albertalli
Genre: Contemporary YA Fiction
Publication Date: April 7th, 2015
Stand alone or series: Stand alone
How did I get this book: Library via OverDrive App on my phone
What made me want to read it: Margot recommended it on an episode of Epic Reads
Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda is a funny and adorable coming of age story filled with quirky characters, betrayal, and the angst of first-love. The main character Simon has been keeping a secret from his friends and family. Simon is gay, but he doesn’t want anyone to know. Simon just wants to blend in, and not draw attention to himself. Someone at school figures out Simon’s secret and uses it against him. Soon Simon finds himself caught up in a tangled mess of lies and blackmail.
I loved this book. I found Simon’s narrative voice to be hilarious, and down to earth. His vulnerability when it came to his feelings for Blue made Simon easier to relate to and more endearing as a character. I wasn’t happy with some of the choices he made, but even those flaws just added to his overall personality making him fully developed as a main character.
Let’s talk plot and overall pacing of the story line. I think that Albertalli did a wonderful job of keeping a steady pace throughout the whole book. There were enough twists in the plot that kept me engaged in the story until the very end. I won’t reveal any of them, but I will say I had no idea who Blue was until the end. Maybe I missed the clues or something, but when Blue’s identity was revealed I was completely surprised. I liked that the “coming out” moment in the book wasn’t overly done, I agree with Simon in that it shouldn’t be a big deal. I thought the love story portion of the book was very sweet and awkward. I loved the awkward! It was a nice change of pace from all the steamy love stories I’ve had to read for review lately.
Overall, I really enjoyed reading Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda or actually listening to it since it was an audiobook. There were some major laugh out loud moments and some oh-my-gawd-Simon-you-idiot moments. I would definitely recommend this to anyone that loves contemporary YA fiction. I had a lot of fun with this book and I think you would too.
Notable quotes/parts: “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.”
“What’s a dementor?”
I mean, I can’t even. “Nora, you are no longer my sister.”
“So it’s some Harry Potter thing,” she says.”
Rating: 5 stars!