on April 7, 2015
Genres: Young Adult, Contemporary
Narrator: Michael Crouch
Length: 6 hrs and 45 mins
Reading Challenges: 2017 Beat the Backlist
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.
Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda is a gem in the YA contemporary world. You probably already know that because I think I’m the last person to read it. I’m sad that I waited so long to read it, but I’m also sad that’s it’s over. It’s one of those books that I could read over and over and over again and never get tired of it. I’m wholeheartedly in love with it.
Simon is one of the best characters I’ve came across in a long time. He’s endearing, awkward, self conscious, and brave. He was so easy to relate to in some ways. His inner dialogue was always always hilarious and sarcastic and just perfect. Simon is the kind of person I wish I would have hung out with in high school. I could definitely see myself in his group of friends.
Simon is going though some rough things in the book. A ‘friend’ is blackmailing him and there’s some tension with his group of friends. I really just wanted to hug Simon and backhand Martin for him. Simon is forced to make some big decisions and do things before he is ready. It broke my heart for him. I love that even with the heavier topics the book still kept its…not light tone….but sarcastic tone, I would say. Simon persevered throughout all the rough patches. Sure he wasn’t thrilled about it, but he kept his head up and tried to do what was right.
That brings me to the best part of the book. Simon’s relationship with Blue. Their emails were so adorable and swoon inducing. I love how we could gradually see their feelings change through the course of their emails. I loved their banter, their flirting, and their good grammar. Of course I also loved that their identities were secret. It added another level to the story. Honestly, I’m just absolutely in love with this book. Can you tell?
I listened to this on audiobook and I’m so glad that I did. Michael Crouch brings Simon to life perfectly. I couldn’t have asked for a better narrator. He captures Simon’s sarcasm, angst, and just plain adorableness flawlessly. I’ll definitely be checking out more audiobooks narrated by him.
Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda was phenomenal. I honestly missed Simon for days after the book was over. I foresee it on my favorites of 2017 list already! If you haven’t read this book yet I highly recommend that you do! I can’t wait to read more books by Becky Albertalli.