Review of Simon Vs The Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli

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Since this book came out, I’ve been fascinated by the issues it’s rumoured to deal with, so naturally I stormed into my local Waterstone’s and bought this book at FULL PRICE (there’s a cheat way of getting books cheaper that I often use but I didn’t do for this book!), and loved it. Obviously.

Simon has an internet friend, the mysterious and anonymous Blue. Neither Blue or Simon knows who either person is, but it does get worrying when one of Simon’s emails to Blue falls into the wrong hands: the hands of Martin. It wouldn’t be much of a big deal were it not for the fact that Blue is mysterious, but maybe just something more than just a pen friend.

God I loved this book.

The book deals with many other issues, not just being in a homosexual relationship. Deep down, it’s a really simple tale told in a really good way! 

I liked the fact you got to see the emails that Blue and Simon (known as Jacques in the emails) sent to each other, and I really loved the way the story was told. If it wasn’t told in first person, I think the story would have lost something.

I also really liked Simon as a character as well. He was portrayed as someone you’d really like to meet in a real life situation, and just as a really fun guy and someone I personally would like to be in his friendship group.

A negative? I’m not sure coming out to someone is as easy as just simply saying, “Here’s the thing: I’m gay.”

Simon does this and makes it look relatively simple. The feelings are described, but they aren’t equated into the actual process itself.

But I really liked reading Simon Vs The Homo Sapiens Agenda, and I look forward to reading what Becky Albertalli writes next!

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