by Becky Albertalli
First sentence: “It’s a weirdly subtle conversation.”
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Content: There’s quite a bit of swearing, including a lot of f-bombs, and some teenage drinking. It’s in the Teen section (grades 9+) of the bookstore.
This one is a difficult one to sum up plot-wise. Simon is gay, but he’s not out. He’s being blackkmailed by another student who found out (accidentally) about Simon’s gayness, because Simon is emailing and flirting with a boy, Blue, online. Their relationship is entirely online, even though Simon knows that Blue is a student at his high school… Blue is just more comfortable with the anonymity.
As the book goes on, Simon juggles being blackmailed, and making and keeping friends, and high school drama, as he falls in love with Blue, and tries to figure everything out.
It’s not a deep or complex plot, but I thoroughly enjoyed this book. I loved Simon and his loveable awkwardness as he tries to figure everything out. (Being a high school junior is hard.) I loved his relationship with Blue, and once he figured it out, their in-person relationship. I liked Simon’s family — it’s always nice to see a good, functional family in a YA novel — and his friends, and liked that there was conflict between them, but not of the sort that went against their fundamental relationship. It was sweet and wonderful and just happy-making. Which is what I would call this book. Maybe not perfect, but definitely very very wonderful.
4 thoughts on “Simon Vs. The Homo Sapiens Agenda”
I just read this, too, and I agree with your thoughts!
This has been on my shelf forever. I really need to get around to it. I have a student who has gone through almost all of my LGBTQ+ themed books already, and I need to get some new ones out there for him and the rest of them.
Out of the three books I’ve read by Becky Albertalli (‘Simon Vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda,’ Leah on the Offbeat,’ and ‘The Upside of Unrequited,) this one was definitely the best. Have you watched ‘Love, Simon’ and if so do you recommend it? 🙂
I have! I thoroughly enjoyed it, though they changed the book (in some ways for the better). I haven’t read The Upside of Unrequited, but I’ll agree: Simon is definitely better than Leah on the Offbeat (which I did enjoy, though not as much).
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