Title: Simon vs the Homo Sapiens Agenda
Author: Becky Albertalli
Genre: Young adult, LGBTQIA+, Romance
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.
Quotes I loved:
“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.”
“People really are like house with vast rooms and tiny windows. And maybe it’s a good thing, the way we never stop surprising each other.”
I can’t freaking even.
I loved this book like I love breathing. I need it to live. I might also now need this book to leave. I haven’t given it away to test it.
This was glorious. It was one of the most heart warming, wonderful, stupendous books I have ever read.
I would have loved to have read this book earlier in life, or had this book exist when I was younger because the subject matter is so damn important.
The characters are vulnerable, strong, loving, and flawed. They are beautiful, charismatic, amusing and just plain wonderful. Every word of this book was a freaking gift to me.
Love it. Can’t wait to see the movie. Can’t wait to read more by Becky Albertalli. Just love ❤