I wanted to try a book diary format for a book review. I read the book and gave my real time reactions to the book after each 50 pages or so and compiled them all here. It ended up mostly being fragments until the end and I’m not sure I like this format after all, but I at least tried it once. There will be spoilers below the goodreads quote.
Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli
My rating ✰4✰
Picture and quote from Goodreads
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.
Page 0: I have heard mostly good things about this book and am excited to get started with reading it. It comes highly recommended by Mistysbookspace. I expect to really enjoy it.
Page 57, chapter 6: So far I’m enjoying the book. The pages are going by quickly and I really love the characters. Simon and his family and friends are all so charming and realistic. The blackmail is kind of eye rolly and irritating and I’m not excited to see how it plays out. I can’t wait to see more emails between Simon and Blue though.
Page 102, chapter 12: The conflicts with friends, the football game, etc are really reminding me of Autoboyography, but that may be strictly a public highschool coincidence and not odd at all. I was homeschooled for middle and high school so the similarities feel odd to me. I keep reading a scene and comparing it to the other book. Not bad, just distracting.
Overall though the book is making me smile a lot while I’m reading it. My favorite parts are the emails. I can not wait to find out who Blue is.
Page 150, chapter 19: Wait!? What?! How do you think you’ll be friends with the person blackmailing you with your sexual identity? Martin is a bad person. How can Simon laugh and have fun with him?
Oh my goodness. The scene where Simon comes out to Abby is so sweet. I wish every one could have a kind and loving experience.
So much confusion. So much anger. Martin is an awful person.
Love when the title comes in to play. Title spotting is always fun even it wasn’t exact.
The emails always make me laugh.
Page 202, chapter 25: Being outed is so shitty. I am angry on Simon’s behalf. The half-hearted coming out to his parents was so sad.
The emails are so cute. An adorable palate cleanser between more difficult scenes.
I don’t even know what to say about Martin. What a continuously shitty individual.
Page 257, chapter 31: I’m not sure if the bullying is worse than I expected or not, but it’s hard to read.
It’s starting to bother me that every chapter seems to begin mid sentence.
The gay bar scene had me cracking up. It was just so fun and unexpected. And the laughs kept coming for a long while in this section of book.
But I ended this section sad and kind of confused why everyone is so incredibly upset with Simon.
Page 300, chapter 35: Nick and Abby are so cute together!
I am so bummed that Simon never tried on the shirt before. He and Blue could have known each other for real for longer. And then he meets Blue and they’re so cute and I can not stop giggling.
Access to his Facebook for 5 minutes. I’ll have to remember that when Pepper is old enough to have her own social media.
I’m glad things are okay with Leah again, but why is she out with Nora? I need answers.
Martin actually apologizing. I still don’t trust him.
The band. I’m so relieved it wasn’t something terrible that had Leah and Nora together.
And everyone is there at the talent show. That family with their secrets. Oh my. And so sweet.
The last scene was cute and giggly with the boys first real alone time. And then it was just the end. I’m not sure what I would have had happen instead, but it just felt like it ended abruptly.
The ebook said it was over. 312 out of 312 and it just kept going. I read for 15 more minutes after the end and it still said I was only at 87%. It’s emails. I’m enjoying the first emails between Simon and Blue though I’m not sure it’s adding anything really.
End: Overall I really liked this book and I’m so glad for a push to finally read it. It’s not a new all time favorite, but it was definitely a worthwhile and enjoyable read. I really appreciated how Simon talked about his biases. He automatically assumed Blue was white for instance. A great character, a great story. I even enjoyed it enough to try and find the movie to watch and I’m really not a movie person. I can count on one hand the number of movies I’ve watched in the last decade. But I kind of want more of Simon. I’m so glad I read this book.