Review: Simon Vs The Homo Sapiens Agenda (Becky Albertalli)

Simon Spier is your typical American teenager. Popular but not overly so, doing well at school, looking forward to the opening night of the school production. However, Simon also has a secret. Under the identity of Jacques, he has been emailing Blue for months, his only gay friend and the only person to know he is also gay. Simon wants to know who Blue really is, but finding out would have consequences for the both of them. Which is why Marty Addison getting his hands on their private emails is such a big deal.

“Simon Vs The Homo Sapiens Agenda” is one of those books that you can’t help but fall in love with from the outset. Although dealing with some important issues, Simon’s tale is told in a light hearted and funny way, with moments that will be related to by teenagers and young adults worldwide. When Simon smiles the reader smiles, and when he cries you can’t help but feel for him because chances are, you’ve been in that exact same position at some point.

LGBT fiction is becoming more popular and recognised in YA literature, and “Simon Vs…” is probably one of the most important books around at the moment. Not only is it relatable to every young person who picks it up, but it also deals with being gay in a way that will hopefully give anyone struggling to deal with this the confidence to come out in their own way. The fact that Albertalli has done so in such a light hearted way, despite some of the running themes in the book, is what makes it so good and why I recommend it so highly.

– Rachel


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