March 25, 2016

Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli

Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda
by Becky Albertalli
Hardcover, 303 pages
Published April 7th 2015 by Balzer + Bray
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.
There are good books and then there are great books. I've been reading a lot of ARCs lately, and I like so many of the ARCs I read, and sure most of the time I'm like "Wow this was really good!" but then, I go and read a book like SVTHSA, and it's like, books like this can't even compare to the ARCs I've been reading. I was just completely floored by SVTHSA. (Also I'm trying to change up my review style a little each post so BEAR WITH ME HERE PEOPLE. I'm also trying to write my reviews more in the style of how I talk rather then my more formal writing style, so yeah. )

  • This is the most adorable book ever. Okay. I was smiling like an idiot while reading it. 
  • Simon is adorable. He is so adorable and he's so funny and honestly he's just such a breath of fresh air. His life isn't tragic and his parents aren't dead or divorced and just - THANK GOD - because that trope is annoying the shit out of me right now.  
  • He is just such a pure character and even if you dont identify with his struggles you'll sympathize with him. 
  • Also, Simon is a BELIEVABLE teenager. In countless books YA authors just get so much about highschool completely and totally wrong, but I felt that Albertalli did a very nice job with making his high school experiences realistic. 
  • I couldn't guess Blues identity so every time we were introduced to a new male character I was like "Okay I bet this is Blue." (SO technically I guess we could say I guessed Blue's identity because I thought everyone was Blue! #smart #logicalsam) 
  • While reading this book my family and I went out to dinner and my mom didn't want us on our phones but I wanted to read it so badly I was sneakily reading my e-book under the table until my mom took my phone. THAT'S HOW GOOD IT WAS. LIKE, LITERALLY I COULD NOT PUT IT DOWN. (Until I was forced at least..but don't worry everyone, I got it back as soon as we were in the car on our way home)
  • PLATONIC GIRL/GUY FRIENDSHIPS THAT DON'T TURN INTO MORE. THANK YOU BECKY ALBERTALLI FOR NOT DOING THE WHOLE FRIENDS TO LOVERS TROPE WHICH I FEEL LIKE IS SO OVERUSED. Yay for platonic relationships that stay platonic.
  • If you don't relate to Simon I can almost guarantee you'll relate to one of the other characters.
  • I cried when it was over. Not because it was sad, because it WASN'T DON'T WORRY. It was just so freakin' cute and I didn't want it to be over and I was just so happy for Simon. 
GAHH okay so everyone,  if you're like me and for some godforsaken reason didn't read SVTHA yet, GET ON IT RIGHT NOW OKAYYY. Thanks (I know you'll love it) ;) This book was just so perfect and made my heart so happy.

That's all for now. BYEEE (and read svtha)

5 comments:

  1. I'm so glad you enjoyed this book! In the middle of reading it now! :D I'm really enjoying it too - and I'm glad to hear that there's a boy/girl platonic relationship that doesn't turn to more, because I feel like 100% of the books I read has the friends to more trope :S
    Geraldine @ Corralling Books

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    1. Right!! Also, this totally made me crave oreos lol.

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  2. I love your blog! It's the first time I've been on it but omgggg <333 It's just so pretty and pink AHHHHH!

    I haven't read this book yet but I really want to. Becky Albertalli is a wonderful human being. Just based on her tweets. To be honest, I don't actually know what this book is about until now and I'm so glad the characters are believable!

    Again, OMFG I LOVE YOUR BLOG.

    – Nova @ Out of Time

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    1. OH MY GOSH THANK YOU!!! I hope this doesn't sound incredibly weird but you were actually one of the people who inspired me to make my blog haha. I absolutely love your blog! All of your posts are so creative and I love your songs (forever wishing I could sing lmao).

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  3. This is actually one of my favorite books of all time. The author does such an excellent job at creating wonderful characters, especially Simon and yes he is so adorable. Awesome review!!!

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