Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda – Becky Albertalli a.k.a. the Book that is Sweeter than Oreos

19547856Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda

Becky Albertalli
336 pages
2015
Ebook – Balzer + Bray

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synopsis

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.

thought

🌀 I’m not experienced with LGBT+ books, I mean the ones where LGBT+ is the main topic. I’ve only read 2 book with gay main character before so I expected so much from this one. And I’m glad I wasn’t being disapointed.

🌀 I love Simon. He was just honest and hilarious and everything. I need him to be real and be my friend and we could drink Oreo smoothie and diss people together.

Under-the-radar cool. The kind of cool that comes from teaching yourself guitar and wearing normal clothes and not running a Tumblr called “Passion Pit OBSESSION.”

I don’t even know. I’m just so sick of straight people who can’t get their shit together.

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🌀 I literally sobbed in this one scene where Simon argued with Leah. Because I thought I could totally relate to Leah. I think people somehow think of me having this contagious gloomy bad vibe but it’s the way I freaking am. You can’t expect me to be all cheerful and bouncy all of a sudden. And I don’t really make friends but when I do, it means so much for me. Maybe being left out while the only three people you consider as bestfriends hanging out together is not actually a big deal, but it definitely is for people like us.

🌀 I had problem with Abby and Nick. Seriously what the heck they did absolutely nothing about Leah. I mean you didn’t make your charcters getting away from problem like that.
Especially Abby, she was supposed to be that kind of pretty and everyone’s favourite girl but me. She somehow noticed and was so cared about every single damn thing happened to Simon but was so oblivious only to Leah at the same time.

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🌀 Simon’s relationship with his family and friends potrayed here was so heartwarming and funny. I’m fond of Alice and Nora (Simon’s big and little sister), they’re super cool.

🌀 I think I’m in love with Blue too. I loved his name (both Blue and real name which is [minor spoiler] being shared with a former US president), I loved his excellent grammar, and I loved him being cute and mischievous at the same time and still… DID NOT SEE THAT COMING.

🌀 Fandom references! People who make Harry Potter reference are the best kind of people.

“What’s a dementor?”

I mean, I can’t even. “Nora, you are no longer my sister.”

🌀 It’s definitely sweeter than Oreos😚

As a side note, don’t you think everyone should have to come out? Why is straight the default? Everyone should have to declare one way or another, and it should be this big awkward thing whether you’re straight, gay, bi, or whatever. I’m just saying.

toss

Remember the way people would look at you blankly and say, “Um, okaaay,” after you finished talking? Everyone just had to make it so clear that, whatever you were thinking or feeling, you were totally alone.

3,5

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