Too cute for words is the only coherent thought I had after finishing Simon vs the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli. The rest was just… feelings. Emotions. Oreos dipped in milk. (As in, I actually had to run to the nearest store. Where I traumatised the poor girl at the checkout with my silly megawatt grin. Then I ate the entire box while cuddling with my dog. It’s that kind of a cute book.) And I’m not even big on cutesy romances. In fact, I prefer them with a dash of mystery and a whole bunch of plot and magic and epicness. But this book. THIS BOOK.
Essentially, it is about a boy who is somewhat ready, somewhat not to come out to his parents and the entire universe. Because during the summer, he met another boy who is also ready, or maybe not, to come out to his parents and maybe the rest of the world. These boys go to the same school, walk the same hallways, even have the same teachers. But here comes the twist: they don’t know each other in real life. Their relationship happens entirely through emails. And yet… And yet. They have a connection, one that started from a spark of bravery and ended in them knowing each other inside and out. It’s magical.
And so, Simon vs the Homo Sapiens Agenda is a journey of two boys, told partially through Simon’s days at high school where he struggles with navigating his many relationships, partially from emails between him and the mysterious Blue. (Read: one of the sweetest, most romantic, and just genuinely nice and cute and adorable and sexy guys. Both because he is Blue, and because he is seen from Simon’s very much besotted point of view.)
And that point of view is what makes the book truly shine. I love Simon’s perception of the world and his fumblings through the social scene. I love his quirkiness and sense of humour. His love for music and theatre. I love his hipster parents and awesome sisters. His nerdy friends. And I really, really love his complex experience with first love. This all is what makes Simon so… cute. Adorable. Funny. Complex. Nice.
Honestly, this is a ridiculously cute book about a bunch of adorable teenagers navigating their relationships and starting on the long journey of growing up and finding themselves. Everyone should read it. It’s cute.
Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli
Published by HarperCollins on April 7th 2015
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Sixteen-year-old and not-so-openly gay Simon Spier prefers to save his drama for the school musical. But when an email falls into the wrong hands, his secret is at risk of being thrust into the spotlight. Now Simon is actually being blackmailed: if he doesn’t play wingman for class clown Martin, his sexual identity will become everyone’s business. Worse, the privacy of Blue, the pen name of the boy he’s been emailing, will be compromised.
With some messy dynamics emerging in his once tight-knit group of friends, and his email correspondence with Blue growing more flirtatious every day, Simon’s junior year has suddenly gotten all kinds of complicated. Now, change-averse Simon has to find a way to step out of his comfort zone before he’s pushed out—without alienating his friends, compromising himself, or fumbling a shot at happiness with the most confusing, adorable guy he’s never met.
Have you read Simon vs The Homo Sapiens Agenda yet? If so, did you guess who the mystery Blue is or was it a total oh-my-gosh-it’s-him moment for you? And did you also have to buy Oreos so you could Endure The Feelings?