Book Discussion: Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda

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Hello fellow readers!

So…… I’m afraid my reading slump is swallowing me whole. I keep starting books that I don’t finish and I HATE MYSELF for it but my mind is everywhere lately with a couple of writing projects I’m really excited about and I felt like sharing this.

That being said.

I did finish the book of the month (of course I did, what did you think? That I was a coward? NO! I read it in like two days) and I’m really excited to talk about it with you! So let’s start this!

Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda, by Becky Albertalli, is about a teenage boy who hasn’t told anyone yet that he’s gay except this very special other boy he only communicates with via emails. But when classmate Martin finds the emails, he uses them to blackmail Simon.

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I fell in love with Simon in the very first pages. He was such a great main character, both brave and shy and full of insight that made him feel so real.

But I’m tired of coming out. All I ever do is come out. I try not to change, but I keep changing, in all these tiny ways. I get a girlfriend. I have a beer. And every freaking time, I have to reintroduce myself to the universe all over again.

-Becky Albertalli, Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda

The writing was awesome through the whole novel. Sharp, and efficient and hilarious at several points. The mystery of Blue’s identity (the boy Simon corresponds with) was such a clever way to keep the reader hooked. I kept looking for clues in everyone’s words and behaviour, and I don’t mean to brag, but I did guess pretty early in the book who he was. (Although I became terribly confused by the end when Simon is convinced Blue is Martin.)

Was that a spoiler? I don’t think so. If so, sorry!

As a side note, don’t you think everyone should have to come out? Why is straight the default? Everyone should have to declare one way or another, and it should be this big awkward thing whether you’re straight, gay, bi, or whatever. I’m just saying.

-Becky Albertalli, Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda

I like how the theme of coming out was taken on several levels. Like with Simon’s sisters. They were both keeping things to themselves (one secretly being a badass guitar player and the other having a boyfriend from university) only because they were afraid things would change once they told their secret. And it’s silly, but it’s so human to think that way. I could easily relate to that fear of irrevocably changing things.

The one tiny thing I didn’t like was that by the end, just everything was too happy. With everyone finding true love and the big show being so awesome and the family all together … Part of me was glad everyone was happy, but the other part was just … mehn, too good to be true. But I still loved the novel and can easily ignore my scepticism and just give this jewel 5 stars.

So that’s it for me! This was definitely one of my favourite reads of the year, and I think everyone should give it a try!


Now I want to hear you!

What did you like/didn’t like?

Who did you think was Blue?

Do you agree with Simon’s theory that everyone should have to come out, whatever their sexual orientation?

What was your favourite part?

If you wrote a review of that novel, feel free to link it in the comments, I’d love to read it!

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9 thoughts on “Book Discussion: Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda

  1. Hey, great review,
    I can only agree, the book hooks you from beginning to end. I’m not that kind of person, who reads a book within a week, or even a month for that matter, but this book was the exception: it took me 3 days 😉
    Simon is an awesome character, just like all the others. The only one I didn’t quite like was Martin but I guess Becky Albertalli made him like this on purpose :D.
    In my opinion this is a great book for everyone, definitely not just for gay people.

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    1. I absolutely agree! And yes, I had a hard time with Martin as well. If I were Simon, I don’t think I would be been able to forgive him for everything he did. But he’s kind of the reason why there’s a story in the first place, so as a fictional character, I forgive him! ahah. Thanks so much for reading!

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