My rating system will go as the following:
One heart eye = I read it once but I'm not gonna read it again.
Two heart eyes = I like it and will read again.
Three heart eyes = It has a forever home on my bookcase.
Four heart eyes = I love it.
Five heart eyes = I'm more than willing to sell my soul for more.
Hello everyone, I am back! Now that school is out for the summer, (thank god for college!) I am finally able to sit down and finish reading some of the many books that I've been reading. Today, I will be reviewing, Simon vs. The Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli
Today I will be reviewing, Simon vs. The Homo Sapiens Agenda, by Becky Albertalli.
Now, this is the first book that I have ever given a one heart eye review to. This is a giant first. That's not to say that I didn't enjoy it, I did, but that was it.
The story is follows Simon, a closeted gay teenager who is being blackmailed by Martin, who wants Simon to help him land a date with Abby who has no interest in Martin. His leverage, he has screenshots of emails between Simon and a guy who goes by the name, "Blue," a classmate that wants to remain anonymous because, he too is gay and doesn't want anyone to know.
I found Simon vs The Homo Sapiens Agenda, to be a fun read and a perfect modern day romance for our generation. It's 2018, we live in a time where being gay is no longer such a big deal like it used to be say, twenty years ago or so. For some reason though, I felt torn while reading this book. It just seemed like the pace of the story was a little too fast for my liking, and I thought that there was going to be more to Simon's story. I don't know if I was looking for more angst or what, but I personally thought there was going to be more.
I believe this can also be attributed to the movie adaptation, Love, Simon.
Having read the book, just by watching the trailer I know that they have changed part of the book for it to fit the movie version.
And we all know the saying, "the book is always better then the movie," which I agree whole heartily. In this case however, I think the movie does it for me.
I know, I know, I'm a terrible book nerd. I can already hear my fellow nerds gasping in pain. I'm sorry, but it's true.
Again, I do like Simon vs. The Homo Sapiens Agendas, and I'm glad that I read it. I found myself relating and laughing to certain lines like:
"I'll probably never have a boyfriend. I'm too busy trying not to be in love with someone who isn't real." (pg 213)As a fangirl myself, I can attest that the statement above is one hundred percent correct.
"It's Saturday, we're in an empty, dark school, and we're a bunch of theater kids wearing pajamas and jacked up on donuts." (pg 139)And one of my personal favorites:
"And Leah's also into slash fanfiction, which got me curious enough to look around the internet and find some last summer. I couldn't believe how much there was to choose from: Harry Potter and Draco Malfoy hooking up in thousands of ways in every broom closet at Hogwarts." (pg 21)Y'all know what this means right?
Becky Alberalli KNOWS ABOUT FANFICTION!
Authors know what's up and what we like to read.
I really did enjoy Simon vs. The Homo Sapiens Agenda, it was a fun read, but I just...wouldn't pick it up again. What I'm trying to say is that it's not the book for me. I love books that make me want to throw them at the wall.
Simon vs. The Homo Sapiens Agenda is Becky Albertalli's first novel, she is also the author of The Upside of Unrequited Love, and Leah On The Offbeat. She uses social media like Twitter, Goodreads, Instagram, Facebook, and Tumblr to keep in touch with her fans. And she also has her own website that has Oreos on every page.