I am just a girl who loves reading and talking about books
Sixteen-year-old and not-so-openly gay Simon Spier prefers to save his drama for the school musical. But when an email falls into the wrong hands, his secret is at risk of being thrust into the spotlight. Now Simon is actually being blackmailed: if he doesn’t play wingman for class clown Martin, his sexual identity will become everyone’s business. Worse, the privacy of Blue, the pen name of the boy he’s been emailing, will be compromised.
With some messy dynamics emerging in his once tight-knit group of friends, and his email correspondence with Blue growing more flirtatious every day, Simon’s junior year has suddenly gotten all kinds of complicated. Now, change-averse Simon has to find a way to step out of his comfort zone before he’s pushed out—without alienating his friends, compromising himself, or fumbling a shot at happiness with the most confusing, adorable guy he’s never met.
I had this book on my TBR for a while before finally deciding to read it.My decision was influenced by a recommendation on a diversity books post. The main character and narrator of the story is Simon. Simon is writing anonymous letters to another guy only known as Blue. Through the letters, we know more about the two characters and their lives. There were also other chapters about his friends and family that were not narrated through letters.
At first the story was confusing. There were many characters and so much going on at the same time. I found myself skipping ahead to the letters between Simon and Blue which were adorable by the way but I wasn’t interested in the other chapters. I almost DNFed the book but got some encouragement through my WWW post from other readers who had enjoyed the book.
I think the best thing about this book is the protagonist, Simon. He is witty, weird (in a good way) and quite relatable and likable. Simon made it easy to root for him. I found myself laughing through some chapters but empathizing with him through others as he went through different issues of being bullied and having a crush on a guy who he had never met.
Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli is a book about family and friendships. The book tackles the issue of homophobia and it was heartbreaking to see just how mean and intolerant people could be. It is also a story about a young, brave man on his road to self-identity and acceptance. It’s a heartwarming story with a number of wonderful diverse characters .The book had me smiling through the final chapters. I recommend this book to anyone looking for a diverse read.
White shouldn’t be the default any more than straight should be the default. There shouldn’t even be a default.