Book Review: "Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda" by Becky Albertalli

I`ve been staring at a blank screen for over 30 minutes. Because I wanted to dazzle you with a cool intro, that won`t spoil my feelings from the beginning. But to hell with that! I will save you a couple of minutes from your life and tell you that this book was amazing. Totally worth the hype and love it gets from its devoted fans. "Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda" is the type of book that will put a big smile on your face. Even the most cynical person will experience at least one uncontrollable giggle while reading this. Why? Because it`s made of happiness and probably unicorn powder. 
Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda

Simon Spier is a high-school student who is trying to come to terms with his sexuality. He`s been exchanging emails with Blue and it seems like that might go somewhere, but neither of them is ready to come out as gay yet. Then, one of the emails falls into the wrong hands and Simon is blackmailed into playing wingman for Martin. If not, his secret will be out, but more importantly, Blue`s real identity will be at risk. 

I`ve been trying to figure out what makes this novel so well loved and I think it all comes down to the characters. It`s a diverse cast, each with their unique personalities. And even though they are fictional characters, they will remind you of your own group of friends. There`s Abby, the girl next door whom everybody loves and wants to be friend with. Nick, the dreamy artist. Leah, the girl with the spunk. And in the middle of it all, there`s Simon, one of the most precious YA characters I have come across. He`s cute, relatable and easy to care for. I mean, if being a Harry Potter nerd won`t make you love him, I don`t know what else will. Simon also comes from a loving and supportive family, another fact that I loved. I believe that sometimes parents get misrepresented for dramatic reasons and it`s a shame. We need more parents that are involved in their kids' life. 

I would also like to point out that the romance between Simon and Blue is different from the ones we normally see in YA LGBTQ+ novels but in a good way. You see, I love my deep and angsty books, where everyone is struggling with their identity. But sometimes you need something cute and fluffy. You need a book that will cheer you up and give you hope. "Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda" is the book to read when you are down and you want to restore your faith in humanity. 

If this long blurb wasn`t obvious enough, I strongly recommend you read this book. And while we`re at it, have a glass of milk and some Oreos nearby. Just saying. 

P.S. I recently found out that this book is becoming a movie and so far the cast is impressive. Jennifer Garner, Colton Haynes, Katherine Langford and Miles Heizer will be a part of it. And hello hot dad played by Josh Duhamel.




18 comments :

  1. Great review! I love this book so much. I can’t wait for the movie!

    Aj @ Read All The Things!

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    1. Same. The cast is amazing and I`m sure they`ll do a fantastic job.

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  2. Glad to hear you enjoyed this! I think Becky Albertalli has to be my favourite YA author, she writes young people so well. Her new novel, The Upside of Unrequited, is also excellent if you haven't read it already. =)

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    1. I`ll definitely pick up her next novel soon. Normally I wait for a couple of weeks, so the hype calms down and I can appreciate the book better.

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  3. I've never even heard of this book before! But I love reading books before they turn into movies so I'll have to pick this one up!

    Rachel | www.imperfectlyrachel.com

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    1. It`s one of the cutest and healthiest LGBTQ+ books out there, I totally recommend it.

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  4. This sounds like a fun book. Based on the cast, it might turn out to be a good book to movie adaptation - fingers crossed.

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    1. I think the movie will be very cute, I just hope they respect the book as much as possible

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  5. I. Need. To. Read. This! And the cast is definitely A+!

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    1. Great book. Hopefully, the movie will be just as good.

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  6. Great review! This is definitely one of my all-time favorite books so I'm happy to hear you loved it so much! It's definitely made of unicorn powder ;) So looking forward to the movie!

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    1. It`s a great book, i`m so happy it lived up to the hype.

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  7. It's really lovely when it does live up to the hype :)

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    1. Yes it is. Now I`m curious to see if her latest book is just as good.

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  8. Love your review! I definitely need to check this book out, it sounds like a great one. And that are some great actors. I'll have to update my TBR! ;)

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    1. It`s a great summer read, because it will put you in a very good mood.

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  9. I LOVED this book. I was glued to it trying to work out who Blue was!

    Steph - www.nourishmeblog.co.uk

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    1. I know. I was a bit shocked when his identity was revealed, but in a good way.

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