“Sometimes it seems like everyone knows who I am except me.
Rating: 5/5 stars
File this book under the “should have listened to the hype” category because I am beating myself up, yet again, for sleeping on such a good book. If you’re like me and basically lived half your life under a rock and still haven’t read this do yourself a favor and READ THIS BOOK.
Curiosity definitely got the best of me with this one. The movie adaptation Love, Simon just recently hit theaters and all of the gushing reviews on Goodreads from those of my friends who read this years ago left me dying to see what the hype was about. Pair that with the fact the fact that I have never read a book that had a gay MC before and you get yet another review about a book I should have read way too long ago.
There are so many things about this book that hit home for me. From the witty characters, to the romance, to the diversity, to the teenage drama, to the mystery of who Blue is, to discovering who we are, this book hit the nail on the head in every possible way and left me with a tearstained face and a heart so happy and full of love I thought it would burst.
Simon, is a closeted teen who is finds another closeted teen, Blue, from his school on “the Tumblr” and so begins their relationship of anonymous e-mails to one another and the start of them falling in love. Sounds cute, right? Except, for Martin, who gets his hands on these e-mails and blackmails Simon into helping him get the girl he likes or else he will expose Simon’s sexuality to the entire school and possibly Blue’s identity. Now it sounds not so cute and pretty shitty, right? But nonetheless, very intriguing.
Here are some things I loved about Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda:
- Obviously the LGBT+ rep, as someone who never read a book with a gay MC before like I said earlier it was SO SO good. I have no idea why I waited so long to pick up a book like this
- Simon, just in general, is such fun lovable character. He’s the kid in high school who hangs out with the same group of people but is friendly with everyone. Although he had his flaws and his moments of being a little self-centered, he’s also just a teenager and we’d all be lying if we said we were never like that ourselves growing up
- This had an insanely diverse group of characters, which is amazing, and from my understanding the movie has a great group of diverse actors too. The characters all had their flaws too, but I think that’s what made them so lovable
- PURE ADORABLENESS, seriously, you’ve never read anything so adorable
- Lots of teenage angst/drama – isn’t that what high school is all about?
- The mystery aspect to the story about who Blue was had me flying through this. I am pleased to tell you that I had my fingers crossed about who Blue would be and I was right and I cried like a baby. Which is serious, because I NEVER cry reading books
- The # 1 thing I LOVED about this book was Simon’s family. I could write an entire review about how much I loved his sisters and parents. They had the perfect family dynamic going on and I was living for it. I loved that his family wasn’t perfect but so quirky, it just fit the story so well. Simon’s parents were a large reason of why I loved this book so much. The support from his family was nothing short of amazing and I wish every person had that type of love, acceptance, and support system at home
The only thing I didn’t really care for throughout this book was, Leah. I tried to give her the benefit of the doubt, that she was just an angsty teenager with an attitude problem, but as the story continued I liked her less and less. Especially for being mad at Simon for not telling her he was gay before anyone else. No thanks. Otherwise, I really couldn’t tell you one other problem I had with the plot or characters. Besides Martin being a douche, but I mean, that’s a given.
All in all, I think this book was great and could have a tremendous impact on those in the LGBT+ community. My heart has basically exploded in my chest from pure happiness. But I also feel a little bit of heartache as well because while Simon’s story was a happy one, I know that there are people out there in this community who don’t receive the same amount of acceptance that Simon did from his friends and family and that really bothers me because everyone deserves to be loved no matter gender, race, religion, sexuality, etc. Love is love, my friends.
P.S – If you guys have any book rec’s within the LGBT+ community I would love to know!
Until next time!