Title- Simon vs. The Homo Sapiens Agenda.
Author- Becky Albertalli.
Publish date- March, 2015.
RRP- $16.99 (AUD)
(A Brief) Synopsis:
A cute book with adorable emails, oreos, theater, blackmail and fun times. Sibling relationships! Parent relationships! Romantic relationships! Friendships! It’s all here.
Thank you to Penguin Australia for this review copy!
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What I thought:
I went into Simon vs. with utter confidence and intently high hopes, thanks to the very lovely Chiara, Nara and Cayce and the glorious (and gorgeous) reviews they wrote. I was twelve levels beyond sold. If I had a checklist it’d have everything ticked except for the fact it isn’t fantasy.
Beautiful? Why yes.
Adorable? You needn’t ask.
Quotable? Didn’t you guess?
And, I mean, there are high stakes, too! And did it meet all these checks in my opinion? Apart, in most, from beautiful, uh… yes.
Simon is a… real character. Absolutely. He felt genuine for his life and age ad I never qualmed at his speech or thoughts. He was imperfectly wonderful. And I felt so anxious for him. It’s a long standing tradition that this is a novel best gone into with as little prior knowledge of plot as possible, and I’ll continue the tradition because I loved not knowing. I loved discovering the awkwardness, difficulty, adorable emails and pain, the longing that filled Simon’s life.
Blue and Simon were about as adorable as expected, more so about… halfway through the novel. They ooze, in a good way, and I got really into their letters. That whole aspect of the novel was thought provoking, thoughtful and kind of intense.
I don’t think I quite liked Simon as much as I’d hoped. Definitely not as much as the others I’ve read reviews from. I’m thinking Contemporary isn’t really my thing. But I’m so glad I followed the advice of my fellow reviewers, am so glad that this novel is out there, with it’s passion and humorously named dog and sweet sibling dynamic, which I absolutely would have liked more of, most of all it’s truths. While making no big statements or trying to change the expectations of society, Simon quietly thinks and considers questions I, too, question and consider, particularly notable is the reasoning behind coming out and why it’s not universally necessary, no matter your sexual preference. It’s the whole “straight until otherwise proven” debate, and I do love to see it questioned.
Rating: Ooh, very good.
I could definitely recommend this book, though not necessarily because it was unbeatable or the best thing I’d ever read. Because it was subtle and sweet and held so many truths. Now, checklists out!