by Becky Albertalli
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Publication Date: April 7th 2015
Publisher: Balzer + Bray
Genre: Young Adult | Contemporary | Glbt
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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. (Goodreads)
I've had Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli on my TBR for longer than I care to admit. I even have a finished copy sitting on my shelf, just waiting for me to read it. I finally decided to listen to the audiobook, as I recently posted about wanting to listen to it, and this version came highly recommended. Having finally read the book, I'm kicking myself for not having read it sooner!
The main character in the story is Simon, a not-so-openly gay, 16-year-old theater buff. Simon is pretty adorable. There is so much about him that I love, including this love for his family and friends, and for the theater as well. I love the emails between Simon and the boy he's been emailing with, Blue, which always had perfect grammar, and never failed to make me smile. And not only is Simon a great character, but there are also some really great secondary characters in the story as well. I loved all of his friends, and family, and his really awesome theater teacher. There are just so many nice people in this book, it's kind of unreal. There need to be more people like this in the world.
If you know me at all, you'll know that I'm a sucker for a good love story. That's exactly what you get with this book. The storyline was cute and lots of fun to read, and reading it made me want to stuff my face full of waffles and Oreos. (I finally get the Oreo thing that everyone always talks about!) I also like that the book kept me guessing right up until the end. I had no clue who Simon's mysterious Blue was, but I was pleasantly surprised at the end.
As I mentioned above, I listened to the audiobook version of the book, and I'm so glad I did. The narrator, Michael Crouch, did a wonderful job telling me Simon's story, and I loved all the different voices he did for the characters. I'm looking forward to listening to more audiobooks narrated by him in the future!
Overall; Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda is the first book I've read by Becky Albertalli, but it definitely won't be my last! I'm now even more excited to read her next book, The Upside of Unrequited, which sounds amazing, and is set to release April 11th 2017 from Balzer + Bray!!