Book Reviews · Young Adult Books

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

4/5 stars

“People really are like houses with vast rooms and tiny windows. And maybe it’s a good thing, the way we never stop surprising each other.”

When I first started this book I thought “Okay, this is fine. Not my favorite style of writing, but it seems alright.”

And then before I knew it my clock said 2:30 am and I had finished the entire thing (apologies to my boyfriend for keeping him up).

This contemporary novel is so adorable and light-hearted but at the same time captures what it’s like to be a closeted gay teen (although I have a limited perspective on this, a lot of LGBT reviewers have agreed with this statement).

“Why is straight the default? Everyone should have to declare one way or another, and it shouldn’t be this big awkward thing whether you’re straight, gay, bi, or whatever. I’m just saying.”

This isn’t a tragic LGBT coming out story, but it still focuses on the unfair pressure non-straight people have to go through even though they know they will still be loved by their family and friends. As the Goodreads synopsis says, it’s more about coming out of the comfort zone we let ourselves fall into.

I kept waiting for this novel to mess up and disappoint me in some way. I was TERRIFIED this was going to have a twist like Will Grayson, Will Grayson but it remained cute and sweet till the very end.

I can’t wait for Albertalli’s new novel, The Upside of Unrequited !!

Read more of my reviews on my Goodreads page.

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