Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda, Becky Albertalli

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Title: Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda

Pages: 325

Genre: YA romance, contemporary, lgbt

Is this part of a series?  No

Published: April 7th, 2015

Summary:

Being 16 is hard enough; being 16 and gay in a predominately straight area?  Well that just sucks, and Simon isn’t ready to be “out” yet.  Trying to get through high school and keep something like this from his best friends stinks.  Above that, he kind of “met” someone through email.  Blue knows him, and they understand each other…. only they don’t know each other.

When a schoolmate finds the emails, Simon is blackmailed into helping Martin win his friend.  Simon’s junior year is now beyond complicated.

My thoughts:

I loved Simon and Blue first of all.  I liked the way their feelings were portrayed.  At times I felt like the bullying aspect was a bit much- I wanted to believe it would never really happen… but these days?  I just don’t know.  I had issues with Leah, being a bit one note and jealous until the end.  Her anger at Nick and Abby got old fast.  The only part of her upset I could understand was Simon and even then not too much.

The book had been on my radar for a long time, but the movie clenched it for me.  I wanted to read the book and then watch Love Simon.  I don’t know if I would have read the book otherwise, though I am glad I did.  I loved the plot, and the use of the emails to move the story and relationship along.  For me, it is a four star book.  normal star ratingnormal star ratingnormal star ratingnormal star rating

As far as the adult content goes, there is some language and very light sexual content.  Oh, and drinking… a few scenes where there was a ton of drinking for such a young group.  All in all, though, it’s still one I would give my niece.  In fact, I think she read this one before me!  I give it a three.  General.svg

The book is out!  Have you read it?  What did you think?

Link to book:

Amazon

Happy Reading,

Amber

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