Published by Balzer + Bray on 07 April 2015
Genres: Contemporary Romance, Emotions & Feelings, Fantasy, Friendship, GLBT, Love & Romance, Social Issues, Young Adult
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Place(s) Traveled To: Shady Creek, Georgia // Atlanta, Georgia
First Line(s): It’s a weirdly subtle conversation. I almost didn’t notice I was being blackmailed.
Writing a review for a book that I adored are sometimes the hardest reviews that I have to write. Its so easy to pick out the things you didn’t like about a story but when you love it so much that you simply want to crawl into its pages and live there forever? Not as easy to find the words. At least, words strung together in such a way that makes sense to those not living inside of my head. Simon vs the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli is one of those books where I feel all the feels and I may have already read it more than once even though I just finished it the other day. Its such a Mary Poppins story that is ‘nearly perfect in every way’ and I just hated for it to end. Like for reals. My new mission in my bookish life is to pester Becky Albertalli over and over until she writes a companion story so that I can get more from this world and these characters.
My love of Simon knows no bounds. I loved his voice and his POV and just everything about him. He’s real and down to earth and he’ll make your heart swoon. I love his relationships with those around him, his best friends and his family and best of all there is no pointless drama in this book!!! Oh the pointless drama is such a pet peeve of mine and its so refreshing to find a book that doesn’t have that. Yes, there is conflict and issues but they aren’t over the top and they can’t easily be solved by two people talking to each other. Because Simon and Blue talk all the time. At least, they do via email and they are so open and honest with each other. Oh how I loved those email exchanges and my only regret is that there weren’t more of them.
Another thing I loved about Simon vs the Homo Sapiens Agenda was the inclusion of parents within the story. Through Simon we learn about the various family units of his friends but who I loved most were Simon’s parents. They were much like mine in that they had jobs and they were involved in my life. I loved how they made a ‘big deal’ out of everything because so often those small moments can be overlooked. I liked how when Simon messed up he faced consequences and when he was in a play at school they treated it as if he had the lead roll and not just a supporting part. They made me smile with every appearance on the page and I was just so happy to see a happy family unit. Too often in YA reads the parents are either dead, absent, or there but so self-absorbed that they might as well not be there at all.
Simon vs the Homo Sapiens Agenda also made my heart ache. I understood Blue’s reluctance to break through the wall of anonymity that the email exchanges gave him and Simon. To leave that safety and bring things to the real world. Especially in a smallish sized town where there aren’t many openly gay people its hard. Especially since the reality of a person can be so different than their on-liner persona. But with every email exchange I kept hoping that in that one, that moment, Blue would be all for a meeting with Simon. It was for this moment that I kept flipping hurriedly through the pages as I was desperate to know who Blue was and where this story would go. And let me tell you, the ending of Simon vs the Homo Sapiens Agenda, oh my stars, that ending was perfect. So very perfect. This whole book was perfection. Seriously. Which is not something that I think I’ve ever said about a book before. Ever.
Oh I am sure that there are flaws within its pages but Simon vs the Homo Sapiens Agenda just hit all the right notes with me. It made me feel and when I hit that final page I sighed a happy sigh and hugged the book for all of the loveliness within its pages. It truly saddens me that I can never read this one again for the first time but I do know that it will be re-read often and I will fall more in love with its story and its characters each and every time. Simon vs the Homo Sapiens Agenda is a book that you need to have on your radar. Its a book that I think everyone should read. If you only read one book this year than this is the book that it should be. This is something else that I don’t say that often but I just feel so strongly about this book that I want to use all the cliches and all the words and all the everything I can in order to get YOU (yes YOU!!) to read this book. If I could buy everyone a copy of Simon vs the Homo Sapiens Agenda I would but I can’t. Its unputdownable and your life will be just a little bit better for having read it.
P.S.A.: When you do pick up Simon vs the Homo Sapiens be sure to have a package of Oreos handy because this book will make you crave them.