Title: Simon vs the Homo Sapiens Agenda
Author: Becky Albertalli
Paperback: 320 pages
“A remarkable gift of a novel.” – Andrew Smith, author of Grasshopper Jungle
I borrowed this book from the library after seeing it all over BookTube. I read it in one complete sitting and had no words.. it was an incredible book. It’s definitely a book that’s going to stay with me for a long time, and one that I’ve added to my ‘to buy’ list so I can re-read it in the future.
Having since read more of Becky Albertalli’s work, I am so excited as to what else she will have to offer as an author. Her work is incredible and original, she knows how to make really lovable characters and heart-wrenching storylines.
As I said, the characters are so lovable and diverse, Albertalli has really got it right with the diversity. In this book, there are characters of different sexualities, ethnicities and more, which is the same as her more recent book, The Upside of Unrequited.
I was rooting for so many people in this story. I’m not usually a fan of romance, but this wasn’t a cheesy romance at all. Well, parts were cheesy but it wasn’t your average swoon worthy, cheesy romance. I just absolutely loved this, brilliant representation of life as a gay or bisexual teenager. It also explored the method of meeting people online, something that has become more common in this day and age. Meeting people online has almost become the norm, not knowing who you are speaking to, the uncertainly of revealing yourself.
Even though I’m not gay or male, I found myself able to connect with the main character quite easily, making the story easier to get myself invested in. I would definitely recommend this book, however if you are not in to romance, you might not like this.
Love & Laughter