Simon Vs the Homo Sapiens Agenda

Becky Albertalli’s debut novel, Simon Vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda, gave me “all of the feels.” I had been mildly interested in reading this book (as I am mildly interested in reading most YA books, and actually most books!), but it was the August selection for Forever Young Adult Bookclub. I read this book in one night, one sitting. Just a few hours of my time for a delightful, emotional non-cliched story about Simon, a mysterious penpal, and Simon’s real-life non-internet friends.

What I really liked about this book was Albertalli’s pacing and her ability to switch between light and serious matter non-abruptly. This novel revolves so much around the ups and downs of friendships in your teens. And yes, the novel is about being true to yourself. But Simon doesn’t try to be anyone he’s not. The hurdle is telling his friends he is gay, but he doesn’t have to break any hearts to do so. And when he finds out who he’s truly been conversing with online, there is the best meet-cute ever, followed by Albertalli describing Simon and Blue’s relationship as I imagine she would write about a straight relationship. Nothing seemed forced or over-compensated for.

I would definitely read this book again.

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reading schedule for the rest of the summer

June:

  1. The Catcher in the Rye – Salinger – reread – in anticipation of Pretty Little Liars season 7
  2. Bad Feminist – Gay – new read
  3. Everything I Never Told You – Ng – new read
  4. Radio Silence – Oseman – new read

    July

  5. Carry On – Rainbow Rowell – book club read for Forever Young Adult Book Club
  6. Quidditch Through the Ages – reread
  7. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone – reread – in anticipation of The Cursed Child
  8. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets- reread – in anticipation of The Cursed Child
  9. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban – reread – in anticipation of The Cursed Child
  10. Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them – reread – in anticipation of the Fantastic Beasts movie
  11. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire – reread – in anticipation of The Cursed Child
  12. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix -reread – in anticipation of The Cursed Child
  13. Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince -reread – in anticipation of The Cursed Child
  14. The Tales of Beedle the Bard – reread – in anticipation of The Cursed Child
  15. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – reread – in anticipation of The Cursed Child
  16. Harry Potter and the Cursed Child!!!!!!!!

    August

  17. Simon vs. the HomoSapiens Agenda – Albertalli – FYA book club
  18. Americanah – Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie – new read
  19. Jane Eyre – Bronte – New Read
  20. The Nest- D’Aprix Sweeney – new read
  21. Wide Sargosso Sea – Rhys – new read
  22. The House on Mango Street – reread – research
  23. Jazz – Toni Morrison – reread of the first half, new read of the second – research
  24. The Bell Jar – Plath – reread – research
  25. The Virgin Suicides – reread – research
  26. M Train – Smith

    September

  27. Every Breath – Marney – FYA book club
  28. Smashed – Zailckas – reread – research
  29. Fury – Zailckas – reread – research
  30. Throne of Glass – Maas
  31. Illuminae – Kauffman – FYA book club