Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli

Book Review

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Ratings

4 stars

Plot: 7/10

Setting: 8/10

Writing Style: 8/10

Character building: 9/10

Enjoyment: 9/10

Overall: 8/10

My Opinionated Review

Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda offers such a great feel-good story. I could not stop smiling throughout the whole book! I heard so many good things about this book prior to reading it, and it did not disappoint at all. The author has successfully avoided cliché young adult romance themes and crafted a very realistic, family orientated, witty characters filled school romance, without the need to go into epic big gestures and barf moments.

This story is about a thoroughly delightful and very funny character Simon, his struggles of coming out, and finding support and love in an unlikely place – the Internet. It explores the themes of family bonds, what it actually feels to be in high school, identity struggles, and more. And everything is explored in such a simple and well-thought out manner, that it brings the reader joy and feels real. The book is not about the dark and unaccepting society where everybody judges the guy for coming out. Nor it has a tragic family dynamics or the most epic angst-driven romance plot. And these are the main reasons why it is so darn fun!

This is definitely an example of how YA books should be written. The simplicity of it was brilliant and refreshing, so nice to break out of the usual over-the-top bombastic love stories that makes me roll my eyes so much. The realistic and very lovable characters, friendships, relationships and family bonds just made this book so enjoyable. The characters were great, especially Blue and Simon, bringing me close to tears from laughter more than a few times. The romance was realistic, making it much more fun to read. This book was just pure JOY.

Although I have guessed Blue’s identity quite early in the book, it was not really meant to be a mystery. It actually worked out for the better, with the message that sometimes the thing that you are looking for is just in front of you, but you are too blind to see it.

It was a nice break from intense, action-packed fantasy/sci-fi books that I have been reading lately. And I would definitely recommend it to everybody who is looking for something light, fun, and joyful.

Book Playlist

  1. Brandon Flowers – Only the Young
  2. The Pierces – Boy in a Rock and Roll Band
  3. George Ezra – Blame It On Me
  4. Mumford and Sons – I Will Wait
  5. American Authors – Best Day of My Life
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