Book Review: Simon vs. The Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli

Obviously this book is very hyped and has been on my radar for quite a while, but my motivation to pick it up only increased after I watched the trailer of Love, Simon. I definitely want to watch the movie and I had no intention of doing it without reading the book first. And it really didn’t disappoint.

Simon is such a relatable teenager – confident but also insecure, irritated at his family’s irrational rituals but also loving them so much, totally trusting his best friends but still not wanting to share his secret with them, crushing so hard on a boy and trying to look for him everywhere. He can also be a little stupid and clueless at times but does eventually realizes and corrects it. But what I really loved about him was that he is never scared or ashamed about his sexuality, just about coming out. The book is full of humorous and beautiful dialogue about his dilemma. I absolutely totally adored all the emails he shared with Blue, they get to know and understand each other so much even while being anonymous, it’s just so endearing. As the book went on, I really wanted to read more of their interactions. I’m usually not good at guessing, so it was very much fun to discover who Blue was at the same time as Simon and I 😍😍😍 that scene.

I totally fell in love with Simon’s family too. They are bizarre and quirky but so loving and supportive. It was also great to see such fun sibling interactions. Simon’s dad apologizing for making insensitive jokes was a very important and well written scene. It was also wonderful to see such super supportive friends and teachers who totally took down anyone trying to insult Simon for being gay. I really liked Abby a lot, for being such a sweetheart and an awesome buddy. Leah and Nick were fine but I didn’t really form any attachments to their characters.

In the end, this book is so cute and adorable and hilarious while also being sensitive and emotional. I absolutely fell in love and now, can’t wait for the movie to release fast enough. Everyone should read this book because I promise you, it will make you smile.

I have to mention this – there is a certain mall and it’s parking lot carnival that Simon tells Blue about and I couldn’t stop laughing (with tears flowing btw 🀣🀣🀣) because I lived across the street from the said mall for more than 18months and have seen the said carnival numerous times. It was just too hilarious to see a place that I spent half my free time at mentioned in such a lovely and popular mainstream book. Now, I’m waiting to see if it’ll show up in the movie too πŸ˜‰πŸ˜‰πŸ˜‰

Rating: ⭐️⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️⭐️

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  1. Lovely review! I just posted my review of this book! I loved it so much! I have to agree that my favorite scene is when Simon and Blue meet! I couldn’t help but smile and my heart melted a little bit! I can’t wait for the movie to come out next month! πŸ™‚ ❀

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  2. I found the book a little try too hard… All the pop culture references, the blackmailing …I don’t know… Who uses Tumblr anymore? Haha I am that 1% that is not dying for the book but! I think I will like the move a lot! You can check my review if you wanna see why I feel like it do xD
    But I am happy that you had a great time with it and that you like it! I hope the movie doesn’t disappoints you πŸ˜›

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    1. I usually don’t get all the pop culture references anyway, so that din bother me.. Also, I actually do browse tumblr a lot, so that was actually fun… I also liked their play rehearsals coz if reminded me of my high school play… overall it was so cute and fluffy, just my kinda book…
      I hope you have a better movie experience.. 😊😊

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  3. I’m so glad that you loved this book!! I also picked it up recently because of the film, and I LOVED it and it was all so adorable, and YES SIMON’S FAMILY is so LOVABLE and they’re just amazing?? But LEAAAAAHH. Urghhh I didn’t like her!! Great review!!

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    1. Thank you!!!!
      I loved his family too.. they are so chill and understanding… but I was quite indifferent to Leah and didn’t like her much for most part of the book.. but before I read the book, I have read across the community many bloggers loving her character and waiting for the next book about her.. but I am just not that excited about it.. she din leave much of an impression on me..

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    1. It’s so much fun to be surprised right.. 😊😊 when I read other reviewers say that they saw the ending coming or guessed the mystery halfway through, I always wonder if I am not reading the book properly…. but I have finally come to the conclusion that it’s good to be surprised.. and a mystery won’t remain one if I guess it already….

      Sorry for the rant… just got excited πŸ˜‰πŸ˜‰πŸ˜‰

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