Simon vs. The Homo Sapiens Agenda happened to me at a time when I was in the deeeeeepest reading slump ever. And I am so glad I picked this book up now as no other time would have been as perfect. The best book for taking you out of your reading slump. Also, I wanted to read the book before I watch the movie.
This book is about a sixteen year old boy named Simon(as you can obviously guess from the title). Simon is sweet, funny, romantic teen gay guy. He has amazing friends and a wonderful family but he is yet to "come out" with his sexuality to the world. He knows that his friends and family would accept him for who he is but the change-averse Simon wants things to remain as they are and his secret to be a secret forever.
“But I'm tired of coming out. All I ever do is come out. I try not to change, but I keep changing, in all these tiny ways. I get a girlfriend. I have a beer. And every freaking time, I have to reintroduce myself to the universe all over again.”
Simon has this secret email friend named Blue (his pen name; Simon goes by the name Jacques) who is also gay and they find solace in each other through their emails. Their emails are hilarious, endearing, flirtatious and also very very sweet. They talk about food, festivals, families, friends, feelings, and so many other this which is absolutely heart-warming. Blue goes to the same school as Simon and that is all they know about each other. They try to keep their personal details out of their conversations and it is this anonymity that helps them to be honest with each other and eventually fall for each other. I like the fact that they constantly support each other and ecourage each other to "come out" to their families.
“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.”
The story begins when a boy named Martin stumbles upon these emails and starts blackmailing Simon to get him hooked with his friend, Abby. Simon agrees to help Martin very reluctantly as he doesn't want to drag Blue's identity in all this mess, so he goes with the flow and the story takes its own turns which is so relatable. Everything in this book feels real, nothing being out of the world which is the beauty of this book. This book is a contemporary in its true sense.
All the characters in this book are perfectly placed, aptly described and a delight to read. Leah, Nick, Abby, Nora and even Martin have their own lives and struggles and Simon seems to be perfectly present in their lives in just the right amount. These people are funny, cute, real, emotional, sometimes a little adamant and all other things 16 year olds are supposed to be.
At the end, I would say that this is a must read book for everyone who is looking for a contemporary with some social message and a relatable story. This is such a light read it will take your mind off of any tensions and make you fall in love with the characters. It is an absolute page turner, so go for it Guys. I will give it a 5/5 stars.