Albertalli curates relatable novel for LGBTQ teens in Simon vs The Homo Sapiens Agenda

Simon vs The Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli

Simon vs The Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli

Kaitlyn Eckhard

Kaitlyn Eckhard

Simon vs The Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli

Kaitlyn Eckhard, Staff Writer

Simon vs. The Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli is about a teen named Simon Spier. Simon has friends that he loves and a family he is close with. From the outside looking in, Simon’s life may seem perfect. Except for one thing-Simon is secretly gay.

Simon has been keeping his sexuality a secret his whole life, even from his best friends. That was until he met Blue, whose identity is unknown because he and Simon has been messaging under identity concealing emails, making both of them unknown to the other.

He and Blue began emailing back and forth because they are both secretly gay. All was well until his emails with him and Blue fall into the wrong hands. The emails are found by the ‘class clown’, Martin, who blackmails Simon. Simon has to decide if it is worth it to do as Martin wishes.

If he does, his sexuality will remain unknown to everyone else. But if he does not not only will his sexuality be revealed, he would put Blue’s identity and sexuality at risk.

Simon has to make a choice that will change his whole life, but will he make the right choice?

This book has a very interesting way of being very relatable without going through the same situation. Albertalli has a way of adding a lightheartedness to the struggles that Simon faces. I really loved how Simon’s struggle with his sexuality being revealed is a big part of the story, but its not involved in every aspect of it. It also includes appreciated friendship moments that make you want friends like Simon’s and Blue and Simon’s love story which was absolutely adorable in my opinion. 

This book has drama, love, and humor that will keep you turning the pages. The characters are so easy to fall in love with and the flow of events is so captivating. It has unexpected twists and turns and characters that are very loveable and interesting. The overall plot was very enjoyable to follow.  

While reading this book, I noticed how much I loved following the characters and learning about them. Especially Simon who is such a fun and precious character. He is such a positive person and following he and Blue’s love story was truly captivating, even if it was mostly through many emails.

I felt like Blue’s concealed identity added a lot to the story and made it much more interesting to follow. I also loved that it was written in the first person because even though we only truly got to know Simon, the story was still real because Simon wasn’t telling the story with just his opinion and complaining a lot, he told the story as it happened and was funny and quirky as well.

I overall fell in love with this book and will definitely be seeing the screen adaptation, “Love, Simon”, when it is released in March.

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Albertalli curates relatable novel for LGBTQ teens in Simon vs The Homo Sapiens Agenda