Ever since finishing Queen of Air and Darkness (which I will review as soon as some time passes because I want to be respectable towards people’s sensitivity of spoilers), I have been on a binge of romantic novels. You might have seen that I read A Very Large Expanse of the Sea which I already reviewed, but between that and Simon, I also managed to squeeze in the To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before trilogy. I think the only time I can truly read romance novels is between the holidays, that’s it.
As usual, beware of spoilers.
Simon vs. The Homo-Sapiens Agenda has been on my to-read list for the longest time and I am so proud of myself for taking the small steps to reduce my ever-growing to-read list. One of my closest friends gifted me the physical copy as a surprise for my birthday (she demanded a list of books I want to have in the future and I included Simon whom she surprised me with).
I just finished reading Simon and currently working on enforcing the habit of reviewing as soon as I am done reading instead of wallowing in a pit of emotions.
Simon vs. The Homo-Sapiens Agenda tells the story of Simon Spier, a highschool kid from Georgia, whose world turns around way too fast and would probably be overwhelming for any regular high school kid. The topics of bullying, harassment, coming out to your family, friendships are all central to the story.
The story starts with Simon emailing with another boy – Blue, under the pseudonym Jacques. They had been emailing for a while and Simon’s feelings for Blue are real. However, Simon makes the mistake of opening his email at school and instead of being a decent human being and minding his own business, one of the highschoolers, Martin, tells Simon that he read his emails and took screenshots so unless Simon helps him impress the girl he likes (one of Simon’s friends Abby), he will expose the emails to everyone at school.
Simon tries to do what he is blackmailed into because he wants to protect Blue, but Abby is not into Martin (good on her) and Martin ends up exposing Simon to the whole school. Abby whom Simon had already come out to, along with his other friends (whom he later comes out to) get very protective over him, and he comes out of course to his family too and it’s all very interesting to read. Cue a series of bullying incidents at school involving Simon being harassed for his sexuality.
The story ends in a very cute way which I refuse to spoil, but I really loved the ending and I really rarely like the endings of books that get all lovey-dovey.
I must admit that Simon vs The Homo-Sapiens Agenda was difficult to get into but once I did, it easily became one of my favorite reads of the year and I 100% recommend reading it.
A quote: “He talked about the ocean between people. And how the whole point of everything is to find a shore worth swimming to.”
My rating: 3.5/5 stars
What was your favorite read of the year?