Update: I forgot to actually schedule this post, so it did not go live when I expected it to, so please ignore the bits and pieces about me being in the parade.
I am almost definitely marching in the Queen City Pride Parade right now, but I won’t let that stand in the way of me sharing my thoughts on Becky Albertalli’s Simon vs. The Homo Sapiens Agenda.
First, I just have to say that this book seriously brought back memories of when Ashleigh and I started dating. All happy memories, I should specify. When Ashleigh and I first starting talking, we did most of our communication via MSN Messenger. While we did know who the other was, we still connected there every day and that helped grow our relationship. Also, can I just say, that Ashleigh totally screwed with my head when she first tried to ask me out on there. Good thing she is adorable. Honestly though, I’m so lucky to have married her.
Anyway, moving beyond that side note.
Simon is a teenage boy, dealing with high school drama served with a side of blackmail. He has been emailing with the mysterious Blue, another student at his high school who also identifies as gay. Then the class clown, Martin, finds the emails and uses them to “convince” Simon to play matchmaker. This threatens to out Simon and risk the school finding out who Blue is. While this drama is going on, Simon and Blue start to grow closer, moving further from friendship into unknown territory.
Seriously, I could relate to all of these characters. Simon is adorably frustrating at his inability to figure out who Blue is. I called it only a couple of chapters in. Yay me! I also just loved the correspondence between Blue and Simon. They are so all around adorable and really do remind me of when Ashleigh and I were younger. Those memories made this book so much more enjoyable for me.
This is a great young adult book about coming out. It captures the raw emotions between the characters, along with how secrets can pull people apart. I did not cry (surprising, I know). This is a great feel-good book. It made me happy, even as it frustrated me. I cheered for the characters and shook my head when they made silly choices.
I recommend this book for everyone and anyone. It is a meet cute story and truly is adorable to read. So, 10/10 for me on this one.
Let me know what you think in the comments below.