Title: Simon vs. The Homo Sapiens Agenda (Creekwood #1)
Author: Becky Albertalli
Original Publication Date: April 07, 2015
Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary, LGBT, Romance
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.
My Mini Review
I didn’t want to read this because all of the hype around it scared me. I thought I would be disappointed expecting so much out of it but, I was able to see why readers loved Simon vs. The Homo Sapiens Agenda and why they love Becky Albertalli’s writing.
I immediately knew who Blue was but, still, I couldn’t wait for Simon to find out. I enjoyed how Albertalli made his identity a bit obvious but, there was always someone else or other that made me doubt myself. The e-mails between them were so, so sweet– definitely my favorite parts in the book. After Simon, Abby was my favorite character. She was such a good friend to him! I don’t see why everyone loves Leah, why is she the one who gets to be featured in the next book in the Creekwood series? I doubt I will even read that one (Leah on the Offbeat).
I appreciated that this wasn’t all about “coming out.” There were so many other underlying points being made but, not at all annoyingly emphasized. There really is only one plot line without any side stories. I could have dealt with a little more drama but, overall, this novel is simply a feel-good one. It’s so easy to read and quick to get through, you will for sure have a couple laughs in between and be left with a smile on your face in the end.
My Favorite Quotes
“Do you ever have those random nights where your brain won’t shut off, even though your body feels like five hundred pounds of exhausted?”
“Everything is a little more perfect when she’s here.”
“Trying not to think about something is like playing freaking Whac-a-Mole. Every time you push one thought down, another one nudges its way to the surface.”
“Do you ever get so angry you start crying? And do you ever feel guilty for getting angry?”
“It’s like the longer you sit with some shit, the harder it is to talk about.”
“Have you ever had that experience where you’re writing something and it just pours out of you with no effort? It’s so strange when that happens. It almost feels like the words already exist, and you’re just transcribing them.”
My Rating: 4 out of 5
Dates Read: August 22-24, 2018