Simon vs the Homo Sapiens Agenda – Review // My New Favorite LGBTQ+ Contemporary

Simon vs the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli
Stand-alone novel
Genre: YA contemporary romance
Pages: 303
Format: hardcover
Source: library
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plot: 18/20
characters: 18/20
setting: 20/20
relationships: 20/20
twists: 20/20
96/100

I’ve heard literally nothing but amazing things about this book ever since I started my blog last year, and because of that I was itching to read it. I didn’t hesitate to grab it when I saw it at the library, and Simon vs the Homo Sapiens Agenda was better than I ever hoped for. ❀

the plot

In my opinion, this book is the love child of Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire SΓ‘enz and P.S. I Like You by Kasie West. It combines a couple of elements from both books, and still has its own unique, adorable story. I went into this not knowing a lot: Simon was gay but not openly so, had a pen pal named Blue, and was put in an uncomfortable situation. I basically discovered the rest as I read, and I loved every page. It’s not common for a contemporary to hook me instantly, the way a fantasy or sci-fi or dystopian can, but this one did. I thought it was really fun and different, and though I’m not incredibly knowledgeable in the area, I thought the representation was very well done. The only issue I had with the story was that somewhere in the middle it felt the tiniest bit clichΓ©, but that was resolved quickly and with the best ending ever. πŸ˜‰

the characters

I loved all of the characters in this book, but I’ll only really be mentioning two. I just wanted to say that the only reason this section isn’t getting a full score is because I thought a couple of characters were a bit immature at times. πŸ˜‰

Simon is one of the best fictional guys ever written, and if we’re talking specifically about YA contemporary, he’s up there withΒ Γ‰tienne in my top three. Not even joking. I also think that he’s a male version of me. We’re both obsessed with Harry Potter and Oreos, and we both take a French class. We’re like fraternal twins… except he’s a couple years older than me. So we’re fraternal almost-twins. That’s a thing. XD That aside, I just really liked his personality. He was laid-back but still passionate, and a realistic awkward teenage boy. πŸ™‚

I loved Blue, too. (That rhymes!) I won’t give away his identity, but I will say that he’s equally as sweet and awkward as Simon… just with less in common with me. πŸ˜› Anyway, I really liked how mysterious he was, guessing at Simon’s identity but never revealing much about his own. I want to say more about him, but I feel like doing so would lead to me accidentally spoiling who he actually is, so I’ll leave it at this. πŸ˜‰

the setting

As usual with contemporaries, I’m not too worried about the description and am typically happy with the average amounts given. The same applies to this book. It was especially fun to imagine Simon at rehearsal, or goofing around with his family, or out with his friends that night. (If you’ve read it, you’ll get it.) And this book was set in Georgia, which isn’t too common as far as I know.

the relationships

This book defied stereotypes: Simon had a very present, very quirky family rather than one that didn’t care, and a large group of friends rather than none at all. I’m glad more things like that are being incorporated into YA, because it’s fun to see how that can be twisted into something new. πŸ˜‰

What I really want to talk about is Simon and Blue’s relationship. They really only knew each other through emails,Β which I loved reading, and I also loved that their growing feelings for one another were so evident within them. They’re one of my new favorite fictional couples, and if we’re talking specifically about LGBTQ+ pairs, I love them nearly as much as Magnus and Alec from The Mortal Instruments. πŸ˜€

the twists

There were definitely a few parts in this book that surprised me, which I was happy about. But the biggest mystery was, by far, who Blue really was. At first I solidly agreed with Simon that it was one guy, then horrified with the possibility it could be another, and shocked by the reveal. Thinking back on their conversations in the end and the few clues that were dropped, I can’t believe I didn’t connect the dots sooner. But at the same time, I’m glad I didn’t, because like in P.S. I Like You, the surprise was the best part. πŸ˜‰

overall

Simon vs the Homo Sapiens Agenda exceeded all of my hopes and expectations, and I can totally understand why everyone loves it. I just wish I’d read it sooner. I know for sure that I’ll be reading Becky’s new book when it’s released, but until then, I’ll look for more fluffy LGBTQ+ reads to enjoy. ❀

my rating: 5 out of 5 stars


Have you read this book? Is it on your TBR? If you have read it, what did you think? I’d love to know! Tell me in the comments! πŸ™‚

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I’m off to (finally) startΒ Snow Like Ashes by Sara Raasch. πŸ˜€ I hope you all have a fabulous day/night! ❀

Until next time…

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11 thoughts on “Simon vs the Homo Sapiens Agenda – Review // My New Favorite LGBTQ+ Contemporary

  1. This book is one of my all-time favourite books in the world – top three, definitely. Honestly, I could read this book a million times, and still get all giddy and happy when reading it.

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