I finally got the chance to read this book! Ever since the beginning of June, I've been wanting to buy it but somehow never did, until a few weeks ago when I went "screw it, I'm buying this" and ordered it online. I'm so happy to have found the time to read this, although I was slightly disappointed.
Rating : ☺☺☺☺☹
Do I recommend it : Yes! Light, funny, relatable and great cast of characters
Would I reread it : I don't think so, at least not in the near future.
Simon Vs The Homo Sapiens Agenda is a story that follows Simon, who is 16 years old and gay. The story starts off by him basically getting blackmailed by a guy, because he forgot to close his email on the computer, where he talks with this secret guy called Blue, on whom he has a crush on. Simon knows that Blue is at his school, but isn't ready just yet to meet him. The book follows his every day life, and we see how he deals with the blackmail, coming out, and finding out who Blue is.
↙ What I didn't like about the book :
Not gonna lie, I can't even think about something that I disliked about this book. It was more the general reading experience that I disliked, mostly because I had such high expectations for this book. It was entertaining and fast-paced, but it seemed plain, since we were simply following Simon's life, which I found pointless at times.
Leah was also a character that angered me so much, and there were moments when I put the book down because I didn't want to deal with her. I understand totally where she was coming from, but I found this friendship jealousy aspect irrelevant to the book and the story.
↗ What I liked about the book :
I loved how the characters were very intelligent and easy to love, especially Simon. Albertalli's characters remind me of John Green's, who are relatable as heck and very very smart. Simon was that character that everyone wanted as a best friend, and his character development was very fun to read about.
The great cast of characters is another positive point of this book. Y.A. contemporary novels nowadays usually have very great characters, complementing each other very well, and this book was one of them. It was enjoyable to follow everyone's journey and how they helped Simon in their own ways.
I found that this book was very similar to Will Grayson, Will Grayson, although I was incredibly relieved to find out that things didn't turn out the same way WGWG did (Spoiler alert : the person on the other side of the emails is legit, unlike in WGWG). To me, it is a good thing because I thoroughly enjoyed the John Green and David Levithan book, but I know that a lot of people did not, and the similarities between these two books might put them off for this one.
I really did like this book and found reading it very satisfying, but at the moment I'm still confused as to if I really liked it or not... I might come back and change this review!
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☺☺☺☺☺ : Flawless
☺☺☺☺☹ : Very good, a few flaws
☺☺☺☹☹ : Enjoyable
☺☺☹☹☹ : Okay, would not reread
☺☹☹☹☹ : Disliked, do not recommend