Book Review: Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli

Simon vs the Homo Sapiens AgendaFor my honors research project at CMU, I wrote a paper on LGBTQ young adult literature. I wish this book had been published when I wrote it! I bought this book at the end of last year, but when I heard it recommended on #millenial, I knew it had to be the next book I read.

Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda is about a boy named Simon who identifies as gay but has not come out to his family or friends yet. He has been exchanging e-mails with another gay boy from his school, but neither of them actually knows who the other one is. Simon’s e-mails get discovered by another student at the school, and they are used as blackmail against him.

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My rating: 5/5 stars. All of the Harry Potter and Elliott Smith references warrant this book 5 stars themselves. But really- this book is great. I read it in one sitting, which hasn’t been something I’ve done in awhile. The characters are diverse, it deals with a lot of real issues that a lot of young people who identify as gay deal with (being outed, coming out) and issues that a lot of young people in general face (friendship, bullying, first love). The book is a well-written mix of funny and sad. The identity of Blue was predictable to me, but that doesn’t matter that much. I would definitely recommend this book to others, particularly those interested in young adult and LGBTQ+ literature.

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