Simon vs the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli
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Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda – Becky Albertalli

Release date: 7 April 2015
Rating: ★★★★★★★★★ – 9/10
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Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda (Creekwood, #1) blurb:

Simon Spier is sixteen and trying to work out who he is – and what he’s looking for.

But when one of his emails to the very distracting Blue falls into the wrong hands, things get all kinds of complicated.

Because, for Simon, falling for Blue is a big deal…

I cannot believe that I have not read this book before now.  It actually breaks my heart a little bit now that I realise how much I have been missing by not reading Becky Albertalli* until last month.  Thank goodness for Owl Crate and uninspiring TBR piles or who knows how long I would have kept missing out on this for.

This book is the story of Simon Spier (rhymes with beer) who is sixteen years old and has a secret penpal — Blue.  (Which, secretly, I am dying over as I finished The Raven Cycle yesterday.)  Simon also has a really amazing taste in music, and bordering-on-creepy, interested parents.  And three best friends, two of whom might kind of like each other.  This is his story.  His story of how he came out.  Which, while not perfect for him, was perfect for me as a reader.

The characters in this are lovely.  There’s that sweet mix of vulnerability and humour and unsureness about them that should relate to every thirteen to thirty-nine year old on the planet.  I particularly liked Simon, which I know isn’t unusual because he’s the lead, but there was something about him and his random music and his cluelessness and his teensy rebellion and his brutal honesty and his hope.  I wanted to be Abby and poke his cheek and hug him, chase down jerks, and go to Waffle House.  I guess you can tell that I liked Abby too — however, she had an unfair advantage, given that she is Molly’s cousin and best friend.    I also liked Leah and Nick.  Leah reminded me a little of Molly, and I feel like Abby and her just need to sort it out and become besties.

Becky has that voice of honesty.  Of being an awkward teen and knowing there is nothing you can do to make it less awkward so you just keep slogging on making the best of it, and hoping that it works out while cringing on the inside 89% of the time.  I love that she’s not so concerned writing things that would have been taboo twenty years ago.  I love that she references Drarry slash fanfic.  I love everything about this novel, and I’m so happy that she decided to write it, and then went on to write The Upside of Unrequited.

Also, cheers to Teen Vogue who said that Becky is ‘The love child of John Green and Rainbow Rowell’, which is unbelievably true.  But in a way, she’s better than both of them.  (And yes, I have read everything by both of them.)  And, to be honest, I’m fairly certain that she has just pushed her way to the top of my contemporary YA fiction author list — which is pretty significant seeing as though she’s only released two books and Melina Marchetta has been occupying that space for near two decades.  (With other notable authors being the two aforementioned, John Marsden and Alice Oseman.)

“You sort of talk the way you write.”  THIS.


* I’m going to call her Becky, even though I normally call authors by their last names.  It’s just easier to type.  And this is from a girl who often is called by her last name in written communication because her first name is so difficult to spell, so I feel like I can do this.

NOTE: I can’t wait until Leah on the Offbeat is released, and I oh-so LOVE that we might get to see a bit more Simon and Blue in this too!!!!! *sigh*


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