Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda – Becky Albertalli

I’m floored by how much I loved this book. Unique, touching, and funny.

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BOOK REVIEW:

Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda

 

by Becky Albertalli

 

Standalone

Hardcover, 320 pages
Published April 7th 2015 by Balzer

 

 

 

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CORINA’S BOOK REVIEW

 

I LOVE how uniquely written Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda was.

From the very first word on – I was enthralled.

The author’s wit but especially her humor had my complete attention. I’m not kidding when I say that with the first few sentences I KNEW that I would love this book. Sometimes it really doesn’t take much more than that to be 100 % into a book.

It just clicked.

Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda was a perfect combination of a coming of age as well as coming out story that was funny and touching at the same time. Every single character were extremely likable. From parents to siblings to classmates – there was nobody that rubbed me the wrong way.

Simon’s internal thoughts made me smile and chuckle. He had a wonderful dry humor and a sarcastic undertone that immediately spoke to me. His endearing and very sweet personality guaranteed that I thoroughly enjoyed his stumbling attempts to come out of the closet.

I have to admit that some of these YA M/M stories on the market are exceptionally well written, intriguingly different in plot and style, and their light-hearted but also timely stories make for a completely entertaining as well as captivating read.

I’m in love with these YA M/M stories – truly in love. 

Becky Albertalli took two well established genres, mixed them up, and delivered a story that was unique in it’s approach, witty and funny, and not as emotionally depressing as many other YA novels. I applaud her for deciding against all the doom and gloom. Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda was an adorably uplifting novel, that was fun to listen to, left me utterly satisfied and in high spirits. I can’t wait to read The Upside of Unrequited (already requested it from the library) and her newest book LEAH ON THE OFFBEAT coming out in 2018 is already on my tbr list.

If I find an author that speaks to me the way Becky Albertalli did, I won’t stop until I read all of her books. Her voice and writing style worked for me in the best of ways. She is someone I would recommend immediately.

♥♥♥♥

 


BLURB

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.

 

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Becky Albertalli
(Wondering how to pronounce Albertalli?
Think ‘Albert tallied up the votes’)
…was born and raised in the Atlanta, GA suburbs.
…has been writing stories since preschool. Generally about her pets.
…is three years older than her sister and twelve years older than her brother.
…is an extraordinarily picky eater.
…really loves ice cream, though. And most desserts.
…is Jewish, despite her Italian last name.
…has attempted and spectacularly failed at almost every sport.
…rocked t-shirts from the Nature Company basically every day of middle school.
…actually did fail sex ed in sixth grade (the diagrams were slightly overwhelming).
…wrote and directed a tragic play at age twelve with a plot that borrowed heavily from a Lurlene McDaniel novel.
…read a whole lot of The Baby-Sitters Club and Sweet Valley High.
…in all seriousness, wanted to be Mary Anne Spier, but was a total Mallory Pike.
…fell hard for Harry Potter at age sixteen and never grew out of it.
…was briefly but powerfully obsessed with anime in high school.
…has dazzled audiences with moving portrayals of Townsperson, Lady in Waiting, Chorus, and Hairy Ishmaelite.
…went to college in Connecticut and totally freaked out about all of the snow.
…and her college friends once created their own likenesses on the Sims, and it was all fun until Sim Becky burned the Sim house down and then peed herself.
…majored in psychology and avoided hard sciences whenever possible.
…studied abroad at St. Andrews in Scotland, which had nothing to do with Prince William being there at the time. Nothing at all.
…moved to Washington, D.C. after college and eventually earned a doctorate in clinical psychology.
…met her husband playing kickball.

 

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7 thoughts on “Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda – Becky Albertalli

  1. So, now I will continue my thought, as the internet felt the need to interrupt me (???). I think you totally nailed why this book was so successful for me. Albertalli crafts wonderful characters, and can write some ah-mazingly witty dialog and internal monologs, but it’s the fact that she chooses the brighter side that makes me love her work. Great review!

    1. lol – internet sucks sometimes!! I’m so happy you feel the same. Sometimes I feel like I’m too old for YA. Even though I try it again and again but the drama and doom that’s being depicted are just too much for me. I roll my eyes every single time. How can people want to read about drama when real life has enough of it????? Anyway, I love books that are witty, uplifting and make me smile. 😉

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