This is the second time I’ve read this book and I loved it, even more, this time around.
For those of you who don’t know Simon vs. the Homosapien Agenda follows sixteen-year-old Simon who is gay but hasn’t come out yet. The only person who knows is Blue, a boy from school, who Simon has been emailing although neither boy knows the other’s real identity. However, Simon’s emails fall into the hands of another student, Martin, who blackmails him into being his wingman otherwise Simon’s sexual identity will be revealed to the world.
Sounds kind of heavy, right? It is, in some ways, but it’s also very light and happy in places too. This entire book is funny, adorable, and breathtakingly emotional. There were times where I wanted to laugh and times I wanted to cry (sometimes for good reasons and sometimes for bad reasons). Becky Albertalli does such a fantastic job of balancing the upsides with the downsides. Every the upsetting scenes in the story feel necessary and are incredibly well done. And the funny moments? They’re genuinely good and are perfectly placed throughout the book.
Simon has such an interesting plot with great pacing and structure. It’s one of those stories that has you hooked from start to finish, and you’re thrown right into the action almost immediately. By the time you reach the end, you feel satisfied, especially considering everything closes up so neatly and pretty perfectly. There’s plenty of room to see more of these characters in the future but it doesn’t leave you with a ton of unanswered questions that demand a sequel (although technically there are two sequels, they’re just not about Simon although he does make appearances).
Every character is fun to read about and almost all of them are lovable (there are the obvious exceptions). Each of them, even the minor characters, feel fleshed out and unique. Simon is by far one of my favourite characters of all time. He’s relatable in a lot of ways, very lovable, and is perfectly flawed. It’s impossible not to root for Simon and care about him as we go through the story. It’s so great that when he messes up, it’s not brushed over, but actually addressed which makes him feel very real.
I loved reading about all of the characters in Simon, even the ones I didn’t like very much. The writing and the plot made that possible. There’s something so very special about Simon vs. the Homosapien Agenda and I can confidentially say that I will love this book more and more each time I read it.
Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ /5
I have reviewed Becky Albertalli’s other two books that are set in the same universe and both take place after Simon, those are Leah on the Offbeat and the Upside of Unrequited.