Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda

Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens AgendaSimon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli
My rating: 4 of 5 teacups

Oh okay, you I-told-you-so people. You were right. This book is so much fun that I baked cookies and listened to unfortunate nineties pop music.

No, really.

And I seriously didn’t want to read this. I mean, why would I? I don’t particularly like cutesy romances, LGBT or not. The cover is kinda sucky and not attractive. The title is an inside joke that only makes sense after reading the book. And, let’s be honest, it’s always easier to convince me to read books with phrases like “mind-bending twist”, “dark secrets” and “twisted characters”. The word “cute” doesn’t draw me in.

But I finally took a chance on it and I concede – this book is wonderful. Just so so entertaining from start to finish. I actually snorted aloud (like the sexy beast I am) at some of the hilarious scenes between Simon and his friends. Simon is that perfect mix of delightfully weird and totally normal – he makes us laugh and roll our eyes, but we secretly recognize many of the things he thinks.

I giggled so much at scenes like this:

I take a sip of my beer, and it’s – I mean, it’s just astonishingly disgusting. I don’t think I was expecting it to taste like ice cream, but holy fucking hell. People lie and get fake IDs and sneak into bars, and for this? I honestly think I’d rather make out with Bieber. The dog. Or Justin.
Anyway, it really makes you worry about all the hype surrounding sex.

A few minutes later…

“Simon, how much did you drink?” asks Leah. I’m twisting the ends of her hair. Leah’s hair is so pretty, and it smells exactly like French toast. Except that’s Abby. Leah smells like almonds.
“One beer.” One most excellent, most delicious beer.
“One beer. I can’t even begin to express how ridiculous you are.”

I know this sounds extremely lame – but this book genuinely made me happy. It doesn’t hesitate to portray the reality of homophobia in a high school in the South, but it’s ultimately such an uplifting story about friendship, family and the sweetest romance I may ever have read.

You can read hundreds, perhaps thousands, of books about the difficulties of dealing with your sexuality and coming out – like the dark and powerful More Happy Than Not – and these are very important, but it was so refreshing to see a warm, fuzzy gay romance where the protagonist is supported by his friends and family.

Very funny and heart-warming.

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Posted on Monday, June 15th, 2015 - filed under 2015, 4 Teacups, Contemporary, Emily, Review, Young Adult .

One response to “Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda”

  1. Simon was just a good book. I think you nailed it right on the head when you said it was just nice to read a coming out story that wasn’t overshadowed by tragedy. It’s good to have both ends of the spectrum.

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