[516]: Simon vs. The Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli

DSC00096GOODREADS SUMMARY | Balzer + Bray | Hardcover, 303 pp. | April 7th, 2015 | Young Adult Fiction | Contemporary | Rating: 4 out of 5 Stars

Simon vs. Martin Addison 

Sixteen-year-old Simon Spiers knew it was only a matter of time. The awkwardness and uncertainty of his family’s reaction to him coming out is a task he’d rather not deal with just quite yet. Unfortunately, Martin Addison might just beat him to the punch.     When he forgot to log out of his email, Martin discovered Simon’s emails to Blue, and with it, the secret that Simon is gay. So now, he’s being blackmailed. Help Martin get noticed by his friend Abby, or else his secret will be out…in not so many words. 

Simon vs. Blue

In the meantime, things are getting more and more awkward with his little group of friends. Nick likes Abby. Leah likes Nick. Soon, Simon will have to choose a side. And he really wants to meet Blue, but Blue’s reluctance is a hurdle they both need to get over. In some instances, he thinks he knows who Blue is. Or maybe it was just wishful thinking on his end? You know when you want someone to be somebody so bad, it becomes a physical ache you can’t ignore? That’s how badly he wants this person to be Blue. Simon’s life as a gay teen in a Georgia town is every bit as complicated as it is fun. At least he could rest easy knowing that his friends would have his back when ‘the time’ comes. Right?

This is better than Oreo

Like I said, this book is so unbearably cute. There’s teenage drama, sure. But none of the usual stuff. These kids are a’ight. They banded together against what could’ve been a potentially difficult situation, and the parents are painfully awkward, but present! There were moments when I had to go back and re-read some chapters because I like revisiting favourite scenes. I especially liked the seemingly simple, yet complicated relationship between Simon and Blue. The progression it took and how it went from friendship between two boys, flirtatious banter, to eventually professing something more than what each was willing to admit.

If there’s ever a book that I can truly say made me blush alongside its characters, this was it. And it was relentless! It wasn’t just Simon and Blue but the other pairings in this book as well.

Why you should read it

It’s the freshness of the author’s writing; her ability to tell a Young Adult story without the expected baggages that came with the genre; and realistic relationship dynamics between all parties involved. The support group that Simon has is what’s so inspiring about this book. I want kids to read this. Kids that are probably going through the same situations in their lives; wherein they are not sure how their real identities would be received, but cannot go on pretending any longer. There is nothing worst than playing somebody else day in and day out. 

  • I keep seeing this book everywhere and I´m intrigued by it. Thanks for your review!

  • Wonderful review for this book and I am so glad you loved it! I was definitely blushing and giggling and smiling too <3

  • This is generally not the kind of book I’m drawn to, but every time I read another review of it, my urge to buy it gets hard to resist. I love that this book was unbearably cute to you, I love those slightly angsty teenage romances. It’s pretty much the only genre I like a lot of angst. Teen years are so full of genre and angst… no matter how hard you try to stay away. 🙂

  • Ah, yesss. <3 I am so so happy that you liked this book so much Joy 😀 Your review is gorgeous. <3 And oh, you make this book sounds so cute. Yeah. I do think I need it, lol 🙂 So awesome sounding. Thank you for sharing sweetie. <3

  • This sounds like a breath of fresh air Joy and so far, I’ve seen nothing but praise. I love the cute and fluffy romances, but Simon and Blue’s relationship sounds like it has real heart and warmth, amongst the blush worthy exchanges between the two. I’m so excited to crack this one open, just need to set aside the time to get stuck into it. Brilliant review Joy, really enjoyed it <3

    • Oh this you’ve got to read! Would be interested in reading your thoughts. I swear, it’s virtually painless!

  • Yessss I am so glad to be seeing all the love for this book! SImon and Blue definitely made me blush as well with their flirting banter <3 gosh they just gave me all the feels. It's so incredibly cute! Lovely review Joy!

    • I was either blushing, giggling or just plain laughing out loud. Lol.

  • Oh this looks like a fun but “full of feels” read. I’ve been hearing about this “Blue” person. I really want to see who it is hahah. Gotta check to see if I can get this from the library 🙂 Thanks for the review Joy! I was scared the hype would’ve killed it!

    • Well, this book doesn’t really incite the bad kind of feels. It’s the opposite, in fact. but if you’re looking for something quick and fun, then Simon is your book. 🙂 good luck!

  • I SO can’t wait to give this a try. I know how you can be picky with YA, Joy, so if you absolutely loved this one and felt how fresh it was, then I truly believe it. You don’t see much lightness and refreshing-ness in this category much, at least, not the ones that are adorably cute and with family and friendship to the mix.

    Faye at The Social Potato

    • Oh this was fun, Faye. I hope you’ll read it soon. 😀

  • Naomi @ Nomi’s Paranormal Palace

    This is a new book to me, but it sounds like a good one in regards to how our society has developed. Great review.

    Naomi @ Nomi’s Paranormal Palace

    • I hope you’ll give it a chance someday. 😀

  • lornak99

    This is the first I have heard of this book, but I find myself wanting to know who Blue is too! You have gotten my interest for sure! Thanks 🙂

  • Great review! You’ve definitely sold me on this one, I’m loving the sound of the characters and their relationships and connections to each other. Plus originality? Sign me up.

    • It’s one of those books that could’ve been a cliche, but the author did her best not to fall in the same line. Good on her! And I hope you’ll enjoy this one, Alise.

  • purplebook6

    I’ve great things about this book and have it on my tbr list too, and that’s why I’m so glad you enjoyed it. The older I get the pickier I’m when it comes to ya fiction, but this sounds as a potential winner. Great review! 🙂

    • I know this one is not your usual thing, but I hope you’ll give it a go in the near future. 😀

  • I’m so glad to hear you enjoyed this (and I love that it’s better than an Oreo :D). I have a copy and it is making eyes at me from my TBR pile. I really need to make time for it. Lovely review!

    • Oh you must read soon! It will be fast and fun, I promise!

  • It’s always good when the parents are actually present in ya for a change!

    • Right? Sometimes, their awkwardness gives the story a little bit more pizzazz. 😀

  • RO

    Even though I don’t normally read YA, who can resist a believable story line that stays away from the drama that could go with it. Having such a good mix of characters is always wonderful. Great review!

    • Thanks, Ro. I hope you’ll give it a go in the future. 😀

  • So many people have loved this, I’m so glad you really did too. I’m kind of kicking myself for not picking this up when I had the chance!
    Wonderful review!

    • Thanks, Ali! You just need to give this one a chance. 😀

  • That is so true! I completely agree. There is nothing, NOTHING worse than playing someone that you’re not. This is going on my TBR list. I’ve been seeing people rant and rave about it on other blogs and your review just sealed the deal. So thank you. Thank you very much. 😉

    • You’re welcome! And I don’t normally say go and listen to the popular opinion, but in this case, I’ll say go and be merry. 😀

  • I don’t read lgbt books but maybe I can make an exception for this one. Blackmailing! Ha! && the characters sound great! I must read this! Great review, Joy! 🙂

    • You should, czai. This one is not to be missed. 😀

  • I am next deep in books but who can resist anything they said cute?

    • Give yourself a break from all the supes. This one is really adorable!

  • This truly was an adorable book. I’m so happy to see you enjoyed it, Joy. I loved Simon so much and I thought the relationships were very well-written. I can’t wait to see what the author comes up with next.
    Lovely review! 🙂

    • Oh I know right? One more of this and she’ll be an auto-buy for me.

  • Glad you enjoyed this too. I thought it felt really authentic. Simon’s family and friend dynamics felt so real to me and I enjoyed going along with him in his journey to find love.
    Thanks so much for stopping by! Jen at YA Romantics

    • I thought it was authentic too. It’s refreshing to read YA without the expected dramas of teen life. Outstanding writing!

  • Great review. I have heard nothing but good things about this one and I can’t wait to read it.

  • This book has been receiving some amazing reviews Joy, so I’m thrilled to see that you ended up loving this one too! I especially love books which make you want to re-read all your favourite parts over again! Lovely review! 🙂

    • You should read it, Jas. I’m positive you’ll enjoy it as well. 🙂

  • Awww sounds good. No angst, silly drama and those cliches

  • It’s nice to see that it’s a different kind of YA! I heard great things about it and I confess that it’s starting to make me really curious! Great review!

    • It was really adorable, Melliane. I hope you’ll get the chance to read it one of these days. 🙂