Title: Simon vs. the homo sapiens agenda
Author: Becky Albertalli
Simon Spier is sixteen and trying to work out who he is – and what he’s looking for. But when one of his emails to the very distracting Blue falls into the wrong hands, things get all kinds of complicated. Because, for Simon, falling for Blue is a big deal…
I’ve been hearing about this book for quite a while now, both on booktube and from different blogs. It sounded like a very cute book, and the theme is important, so I wanted to read it. I’m not sure how I will present this book to teens at my library, but I need them to read it because I think it is that good!
The book is about Simon. Simon has been emailing someone with the nickname Blue, they go to the same school, but don’t know who the other one is. Simon knows he’s gay, but he hasn’t come out to the world yet. The problem: one of Simon’s classmated, Martin Addison, sees his emails to Blue and blackmails him. Martin likes Simon’s friend Abby, and he tells Simon that he isn’t going to show Simons emails to anyone if he just gets a little help with her. This is causing a problem for Simon, including Simon not telling Blue about it. After all, neither of them are ready to tell the world they are gay.
I love Simon, I mean, how can you not? He’s a teenager, occasionally awkward, still trying to find out who he is and who he wants to be. He loves his friends and family. He doesn’t seem to struggle that much about being gay, but how to tell people, and who to tell first. He’s gotten to know Blue through emails, and they have this amazing connection; it’s quite adorable 🙂
The interactions with the different people in this book is great. Some of what I liked was the different friendships; but I also liked Simon’s family. I’m just saying: what a family! Occasionally dorks with their own way of doing things, and almost their own language sometimes it seemed. In a lot of YA books, you don’t hear about the parents, they are many times just not there. That is not the case in this book, Simon’s parents are very much there, in both his and his sisters lives. Both this and the fact that the book was grounded in everyday life, made it so good. It made the book believeable. The family was real, Simons struggle with being blackmail, and sort of wanting to come out, was well written. I believe this book can happen. (I do hope that people would eventually raise above the blackmailing of gay people, but that will probably still take some time…)
Straight people should have to come out too. The more awkward it is, the better.
It’s a holy freaking huge awesome deal.