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.
Despite it being a two day read honestly I did not like Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda, the biggest reason being it felt very high school. Yes I was aware going into the story that it takes place in high school with the characters all being around the age of seventeen, but I’m of the mind that you don’t have to act like a child while you are a teenager.
The best part of the story was the mysterious Blue character, however even that fell a little flat for me when it came to the “big reveal” of who he was beyond the emails. For such an important part of the story I think Albertalli could have spent a bit more time focusing on the Blue reveal and less on other factors of the story.
I will say however that if this book is on your TBR or you have been thinking about giving it a read please do. I have heard nothing but good things about it from other people.. I just happen to be in the minority of those who didn’t like it as much as others. Don’t let my rating discourage you from reading Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda because chances are I’m just the unicorn in the room.
Disclaimer: The synopsis above was provided by GoodReads.