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

SVTHSADespite the fact that it took me approximately a million years, I FINALLY read Becky Albertalli’s Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda. I’ll admit, I was influenced by the fact that the movie adaptation comes out next month. But I’ve been hearing amazing things about this book for years. It was definitely one of those reads that left me wondering what took me so long to pick it up. ❤️ But I can now say with confidence that I totally understand the hype, and I’m even more excited to get my hands on Albertalli’s next book, Leah on the Offbeat, which will be released on April 24th!

Not sure what this book is about? Click here for a short synopsis! 🙂

What I Liked: This book made me feel all the feels, and it was cute and fun and honest and genuine and heartbreaking and incredibly difficult to put down. Having read The Upside of Unrequited last year (here’s my review!), I was familiar with Albertalli’s writing style going into this, and as a reader who sometimes finds it hard to get into YA contemporaries, I find her prose to be as addictive as Oreos, as sweet as waffles, and as satisfying as holding hands with that one person who gives your somersaulting butterflies in the pit of your stomach. 🤗

I finally understand why so many people refer to Simon as their precious little cinnamon roll, because he’s just adorable. ❤️ And adorkable. And the kind of person I wish I had known in high school. Albertalli does an incredible job of establishing his personality and mannerisms, and his emails to Blue were beyond cute, as well as hilarious and witty.

This book addresses many important coming-of-age issues, especially as Simon explores his sexual identity and considers coming out. The story emphasizes how important this decision is, and how it should only ever happen on each person’s own terms. It also addresses relationships within group friendships, extroversion vs. introversion, parental boundaries, and personal responsibility and forgiveness.

Other little things that stuck with me: Simon’s love for Harry Potter (and the references to Drarry fanfic), “Monkey’s Asshole,” all of the rehearsal scenes (the musical theater nostalgia is real, guys 😄), Leah’s mix CD, the Tumblr, giant baguettes, literally all of the music references (because Simon and I have pretty much the exact same taste, no big deal… 😏), and the end because *flails incoherently*.

What I Disliked: I know that Martin felt bad about what he did, and that he was not by any means a wholly evil person, but I didn’t care AT ALL about his apology or his explanation or really anything else about him besides his epic solo at the Waffle House. 😑 I get that he had a huge crush on Abby, and when you’re a teenager, your moral compass is sometimes waaaaay off. BUT STILL. BLACKMAIL? I feel like I was never not mad at Martin. 🙄 (This didn’t affect my feelings about the book in any substantial way, but I felt the need to share.)

I read the latest hardcover release of this book, which is the special edition with the Love, Simon sticker on the front cover. It has really cool extra content, like Simon and Blue’s first emails, a behind-the-scenes scrapbook from the set of the movie, and Becky Albertalli in conversation with Adam Silvera (author of They Both Die at the End, History Is All You Left Me, and More Happy Than Not) and Angie Thomas (author of The Hate U Give and the forthcoming On the Come Up). It also contains excerpts from The Upside of Unrequited and the forthcoming Leah on the Offbeat.

Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

About the Author: Becky Albertalli
More Books by This Author:
The Upside of Unrequited
Leah on the Offbeat
What If It’s Us
(co-written with Adam Silvera)

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