Simon vs the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli book review

Blurb: 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 with will be jeopardized.

With some messy dynamics emerging in his once tight-knit group of friends, and his email correspondence with Blue growing more flirtatious everyday, 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.

This book right here had me smiling the entire time. Well not the entire time. I did get angry a few times at certain people and scenes. I actually started reading this last month for Pride month, but I just wasn’t in the mood for something light. This month, however, I felt drawn to finishing it and I’m glad I did.

Simon, Blue, and Abby are now on my list of favorite characters of this year. I love these three so much. Nick as well, but these three just kept me wanting more of them. I’m a big character person, so this book just gave me a ton to either like, love, or hate. The drama teacher…I freaking adored her. Plus I love the email chapters! I got so sucked into the story, that it actually felt like I was invading their privacy (yes that is how much of a character person I am)

This story will stick with me. I just read it not too long ago and already want to reread it. I am definitely watching the movie sometime soon and will probably make another post sometime this year comparing all the book/movie adaptations I’ve read and watched this year.

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