Simon vs the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli

Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This is one of those books that I’ve been meaning to read for a long time but never really got around to. After seeing the trailer for the film adaptation at the cinema I decided it was time to pick the book up. Not least because if I didn’t read the book I couldn’t allow myself to see the film and it looks really good.

‘Simon vs…’ is everything you want a contempory romance to be. It’s full of cute, romantic moments that make your heart explode and just enough drama to keep you flipping the pages. Simon and Blue’s email relationship developed beautifully, it was like a YA gay version of You’ve Got Mail and I have all the time in the world for that.

The friendship dynamics in this book were fantasically portrayed, the arguments they had, the way they all started pairing off into couples and had crushes on each other and the way they looked out for each other was all so typical of 16 and 17 year olds and how intense friendships can be at that age when you’re all just trying to make it out of adolescence alive.

I binge-read most of this book in one night and stayed up far later than I should have but it was such a readable, hilarious and adorable book I was having too much fun to put it down. I didn’t even try to guess the identity of Blue because I wanted to be surprised but I think it’s fair to say that there are enough clues in the book that if you really tried hard you could guess who it was. I’m glad I didn’t solve the mystery though because the reveal was so worth the wait.
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