Simon vs. The Homo Sapiens Agenda Book Review

Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda is a surprising, subtly hilarious, and honest story about the link between being known and being loved.

When I picked up this book I had already read Becky Albertalli’s second book, The Upside of Unrequited, which allowed me to jump into Simon’s story whole heartedly, trusting that it would be just as wonderful.

It was better. After I read the last sentence I hugged the book. It was romantic, sweet, and every shade of lovely.

While the story may seem predictable, it is comprised of so much more than just the main love story between Simon and anonymous-email-pen-pal “Blue”. Albetalli always weaves a story full of interesting and significant characters. Simon is the narrator, but everyone else in this story is given a strong voice and personality.

Often YA books mirror the self-centered nature of High schoolers leading to stories that focus almost entirely on the intense and angsty love story between two characters with an insignificant supporting cast. Albertalli avoids this trap, and in doing so, creates a rich and fulfilling narrative.

Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda was entertaining and easy to read, and even more charming to re-read.

That’s where I found Blue’s post. It just kind of spoke to me…I guess it was about loneliness. And it’s funny, because I don’t really think of myself as lonely. But there was something familiar about the way Blue described the feeling. It was like he had pulled the ideas from my head.
— Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda. Page 18

Rating: 5/5

Mood: After getting a perfect, fresh haircut and the rest of the day you can’t stop playing with your hair: tossing it around, running your fingers through it, and looking at yourself in dark car windows.  

For fans of: You’ve Got Mail, John Green, Attachments by Rainbow Rowell, Oreos.