I finished listening to the audio book of Simon vs the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli last week, and I wanted to share my thoughts on it.
Like with The Handmaid’s Tale, I have not seen the movie Love, Simon so the review will be based solely on the book. Simon vs the Homo Sapiens Agenda is about a high school junior named Simon who is gay, but he has not come out to his friends and family. While browsing tumblr, Simon finds an anonymous post by another junior who is also gay and has not come out either, and they begin emailing each other using pseudonyms. Every other chapter of the story is emails between them, which adds an extra layer to the story. The emails were also easy to follow while listening to the book, and I did not figure out who Simon was emailing until the end. From there the story focuses on all the drama that happens at his high school including blackmail as well as the friendships and relationships that form. However, when I was first getting into the book, I felt like there were too many characters to keep track of and listening to the book made it even more difficult to keep track. I eventually got the hang of who was who, but all the characters from the get-go was a little overwhelming. However, that was the only problem I had with the book. Simon was a lovable character because he was caring and funny, but he does make some mistakes. The plot was also entertaining and I have not read any coming out books before so it was interesting to see that side of things. I loved the ending because it was such a feel-good happy ending and all of the problems that popped up during the book were resolved by the end. After finishing the book I am looking to watching the movie!
Overall, I would recommend reading Simon vs the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli if you want to read a coming-out book with added bits of mystery, drama, and romance.
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Have you read Simon vs the Homo Sapiens Agenda or seen the movie Love, Simon?