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Publication Date: April 7th 2015
Genres: Young Adult, Contemporary, LGBTQ+, Romance
Part of Series? No
Goodreads Blurb: Sixteen-year-old and not-so-openly gay Simon Spier prefers to save his drama for the school musical. But when an email falls into the wrong hands, his secret is at risk of being thrust into the spotlight. Now Simon is actually being blackmailed: if he doesn’t play wingman for class clown Martin, his sexual identity will become everyone’s business. Worse, the privacy of Blue, the pen name of the boy he’s been emailing, will be compromised.
With some messy dynamics emerging in his once tight-knit group of friends, and his email correspondence with Blue growing more flirtatious every day, Simon’s junior year has suddenly gotten all kinds of complicated. Now, change-averse Simon has to find a way to step out of his comfort zone before he’s pushed out—without alienating his friends, compromising himself, or fumbling a shot at happiness with the most confusing, adorable guy he’s never met.
Guys, THIS BOOK WAS SUPER-DUPER ADORABLE and if you haven’t read it yet, I don’t know why you are waiting? Even I don’t know why I was waiting till date? No idea!! Okay, you must be thinking what is Oreo-ness in the title? Well, it’s a word that I derived just now for all the Oreos love that this book offers. If you love Oreos, you have to read it! 😀
I don’t think there is much that I can say that has not been said already a million times about this super-freaking-adorable book. But yet, without delaying further, I would simply like to give you 10 reasons to read it!
10 Reasons to read Simon vs. The Homo Sapiens Agenda
1. Simon is freaking cute and awesome a.k.a the best character ever!
I think I haven’t enjoyed any character in YA as much as I enjoyed reading Simon! He was super adorable. Yeah, I know I have already used this word multiple times, but I can’t help it 😛 He was not a complicated but a very simple character. You would like to see him in real life for sure. I was enjoying reading about him throughout the story. He is honest with his friends and most importantly to his family. He is a gay teenager with a perfect grammar. Yeah, grammar is important to mention here. You’ll understand when you’ll actually read it. he doesn’t have so-called-perfect friends but yet he tries to enjoy all the time he can get with them. And yeah, he has the best humor 😀
2. Wonderful relationship of Simon and Blue a.k.a. wonderful romance
Ahh, Simon and Blue make a perfect couple. They haven’t met each other. They communicate through emails and you’ll fall in love with them right from the first email. Their emails are full of general talks and wit and humor. But they both made sure to not disclose their identity to each other as they were not ready yet to come out to the world, though they go to the same school. You’ll fell in love with their journey. Through their talks, you would feel as if you are part of their sweet romance. And this is a kind of online relationship that you can actually enjoy reading. And yes, there was lots of flirting too!! 😀
“The way I feel about him is like a heartbeat — soft and persistent, underlying everything.”
3. Amazing yet flawed side characters
I always love books which have great side characters. I loved how Becky Albertalli didn’t try to show all of them perfect. In fact, I loved how imperfect they were. Simon has a kind of close group with Nick, Abby, and Leah. Leah is the latest member of the group but Simon is close to her. At first, I didn’t like Abby that much because of her equation with Leah, but later she became one of my favourite characters.
I didn’t like Leah that much though I have to admit that her character was super real. often we have a certain person in a group who feels left out or super jealous. She was moody most of the time and that pissed me off. But I was also able to connect with her because I understood her character. It will be interesting to see how Becky Albertalli will present her character in Leah on the Offbeat.
Nick was also kind of a good character though we didn’t get to see most of his story. He was there only for a few scenes and there was not much to discover about him.
4. Underlying issues of a typical teenager
This book was not just about romance and gay relationship. It has covered many issues related to typical teenager lives. Simon portrayed very deep thoughts sometimes. Just read this quote:
“White shouldn’t be the default any more than straight should be the default. There shouldn’t even be a default.”
This quote feels so true? This book is a lot about acceptance, to accept who you are and to prepare yourself to deal with the society. What seems normal and easy for one person is not necessarily easy for the another. There is also a lot of bullying shown in the book regarding how the gay people are often treated once people discover about them. It was really sad to read that part.
I loved that friendships in the book have been shown like in real life. The author has shown that often a strong looking friendship can be fragile and this concerns most of the teenagers. Also, throughout the book, the social media has played an important role. Though it seems to be a good part for Simon and Blue, later it has been shown that, yes, social media can be your biggest nightmare.
5. Wonderful mystery
Believe me, throughout the book till ending, I was so sure about who Blue was. But yes, I was wrong. I hadn’t expected that person to be Blue. And the ending? It was super cute, seriously. I never wanted the book to finish. In fact, now that I knew who Blue was, I wanted to read more of their story 😛
6. Everything felt real
I really loved how Becky Albertalli created a book that felt so real? I don’t know, maybe I am wrong. I haven’t met any gay person in real life. But reading Simon and Blue’s story gave me the feeling of watching a real life story. I loved how all the shown characters felt real. I even loved their teachers, especially the theatre teacher.
“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.”
7. Supportive family (not so typical YA family)
I am sure you must have heard how the parents in YA are shown as not so supportive and having an awkward relationship with their kids. well, not in this book. Simon’s parents were super supportive when he revealed his sexuality to them. Also, I loved how funny they were. I enjoyed their dinnertime conversations. Trust me, you would find some good jokes there. His sister was also fabulous. I guess we need more YAs with such supportive families?
Trust me when I say this, this book was funny. From the first page itself, I was grinning till the end. They were humor in each page. Actually, I was reading it on my bus and at a particular scene, I was laughing like an idiot. Then I noticed people watching me! Yeah, I felt awkward 😛 But yes, a few scenes were so hilarious. I loved how Simon made jokes about even himself.
9. Wonderful and flowing writing
I loved the writing of Becky Albertalli. This was my first book of hers and I am eager to read more of her books. There are only a few handful books that made me hooked to the story from the first page and this book was one of them. The writing was so easy and flowy that you will feel as if you are the part of the whole thing. Yes, I have already said this, but you’ll feel like this is a real life story that someone shared with you earlier.
“People really are like house with vast rooms and tiny windows. And maybe it’s a good thing, the way we never stop surprising each other.”
10. For the love of Oreos
Last but not the least, for the love of Oreos, read it. There is all that mention of Oreos that will actually make you hungry throughout the book. Since the day I finished this book, I had a craving for Oreos 😀 In other words, yeah this book is better than Oreos 😛
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