Monday, May 11, 2015

Simon Week: Simon Vs. The Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli

On Friday, we've asked author, Becky Albertalli to do an interview with us. We're in LOVE with her book Simon vs. The Homo-Sapiens Agenda! So, the rest of the week will be full of posts devoted to it.

To start things off, here's our review:

Simon vs. The Homo-Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli

Release Date: April 7, 2015

Simon doesn't talk about his love life with his friends. Mostly because it isn't exactly taking off, but also because he has a pen pal. Someone who he can really open up to, someone who he can share his secrets with. Someone who he can tell he's gay.

Since this is not the ancient past, Simon's exchanges with his penpal happen via email. Simon knows that he and "Blue" go to the same school, since Simon found him on the school's confessional tumblr, but he doesn't know who he is. All the same, he can't help feeling closer to Blue than he does to some of the friends he's had since elementary school.

But all that closeness may be jeopardized by forgetting to log out of his gmail in the computer lab. Now someone's got some serious blackmail material on both Simon and his mysterious friend. If it gets out, not only will Simon's secrets be public, but there's a good chance he'll never find out who Blue really is.

This is a funny, romantic realistic read. The characters talk like teens and the drama is every bit as big as the drama in your lunch room. Simon is sweet and means well, but often does exactly the wrong thing and that makes him all the more real a narrator. It's very refreshing to read a book where you aren't at all sure if the main character will do the brave thing that needs doing. Simon is an average kid with a sharp wit. He'd be right at home in our TAB book club and just like I'd love to read books narrated by those teens, I loved spending time with Simon's story. You'll be missing out if you miss this debut.

More to read:

Up and Coming: Fan Art by Sarah Tregay

Two Boys Kissing by David Levithan

Way to Go by Tom Ryan

The Miseducation of Cameron Post by Emily M. Danforth

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