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I have not read too many LGBT novels over the years, frankly because I have yet to hear of ones that were worth reading. I, myself, am a huge supporters of the LGBTQ+ but am not a fan of drama/romance novels. However, Simon vs. The Homo Sapiens Agenda completely changed my view of the cute and and cheesy romance genre in the world of literature.
I can’t tell you how much I adore this novel! I couldn’t put it down from page one! I loved the way the novel had a bit of a mystery going on as the plot progressed, and the way Simon was so invested in trying to figure out who “Blue”, a mysterious, closeted student was, made me that much more eager to finish the book.
I have to admit that it had a pretty freaking cute ending, and as much, surprising. Honestly, I didn’t expect to finish reading SVTHSA in one day, but things happen, and I am now more interested in reading LGBT/Coming-Of-Age novels.
Having already seen ‘Love, Simon’, I wasn’t quite sure what to expect from this book. As its film adaptation had pretty quickly become one of my all-time favorites, I was worried the book might disappoint me in comparison. Oh boy, was I wrong!
I struggled slightly to get through the first couple of chapters, but it wasn’t long before I fell in love with the characters, and towards the end I couldn’t put it down! The romance was incredibly touching (it may have made me audibly squeal at points), and left me with a huge smile on my face. I would very much recommend it if you’re looking for a heart-warming read.
Where do I even begin with Simon vs. The Homo Sapiens Agenda? I suppose I’ll start by saying that I gave this wonderful YA novel 5 stars on my Goodreads account, which is something I generally don’t do.
I think what drew me in about Simon was that it was so incredibly real (the characters and the story itself including in this). The characters felt like real people, with real emotions and experiences and lives. They were flawed, each in their own unique way, and above all, they made mistakes.
Overall, Simon’s journey coming out as a gay teenager in a behind-the-times town in Georgia was refreshing to read, and I wanted to hug him and encourage him the whole way through. If you’re into teenage romances that’ll make your heart squishy from the get-go, heart-clenching moments of honesty and emotion, as well as numerous emails about Oreos, then this book is definitely one for you! I hope you enjoy it as much as I did!
I picked this gem up at a Walmart and read it in three hours without stop. Romance has never been my genre of choice, because love stories tends to be on the predictable side. Nevertheless, I did find myself rooting for Simon and Blue in the end. They’re just so cute together, gosh darn it!
The book wastes no time with exposition, Simon’s predicament became evident immediately in Chapter 1. Martin makes a despicable antagonist, but the author balances his evil intent with redeeming qualities. I empathized with every relationship Simon had, his friendships with Abby and Leah, his affection for Blue, his reluctance to come out to his parents.
I tend to find books oriented around school romance dull and repetitive, but Albertalli’s style gave the genre a fresh new look. I will admit, not every page of the book held my interest, and the plot dragged slow in certain areas. However the book’s many charms and compelling characters eventually won me over. 4 stars!
Simon vs. The Homo Sapiens Agenda contains a compelling romance, complex characters, and a heart-warming ending. Definitely worth a read!
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