It’s been a while since a book made me feel this good.
I haven’t read a YA Contemporary in so long, so I was a tad hesitant to pick up Simon vs the Homo Sapiens Agenda. However, all my blogging friends were so excited for the movie and kept saying I should read it. Plus, I needed a quick, feel-good book, so I decided to finally pick it up. I am so glad I did.
I really, really loved this. It’s a story about friendship and love, consequences and finding yourself and dealing with the constant change that is happening to your self. At it’s core it’s a heartwarming story and I was just blown away by how happy it made me feel.
Apparently it is! I think Simon is a wonderful protagonist. He has a distinctive voice and he is someone you root for from the very beginning. He is such a loveable character and I think that a big part of why I loved the book and why the book works so well is Simon. He is such a good protagonist, and he drives the story forward.
My other favorite character was definitely Leah. I am super excited we’re getting a sequel about her. The emotional distance and the difficulty to communicate is something I can definitely relate, and I saw so much of myself in her, so she was a character I really needed to be happy and content, and I can’t wait to read her POV in the upcoming book.
As for the other character, they were all spectacular. Abby is a dream, and I love how her character was handled, especially her relationship with Leah. There’s a lot of tension there, and the girls don’t like each other, but Becky Albertalli manages to never make it petty, or catty and you could feel and understand both girls in that situation.
I loved Nick and his two soccer friends, Bram and Garrett, and I feel like Albertalli managed to give depth and personality to all her secondary characters, which is a rare thing to see. I would happily read a novel on each of them, because they’re all such endearing characters, who felt a hundred percent real.
My favorite thing about Albertalli’s characters is the fact that they make mistakes, they don’t always handle things properly, but they take responsibility and I just really appreciated that aspect of them. It made them feel a lot more fleshed out and real and made me love them that much more.
I also really liked how Albertalli didn’t go with the usual jocks vs. drama kids thing. I loved that Nick plays football and that they are all friends and they just have this awesome group of people who hang out together. Loved it!
I was so excited to see a happy, supportive family in this. We don’t get that in YA, and family dynamics are something that I love reading in books. Simon’s parents are amazing, I totally love them. And Nora and Alice are so great, especially Nora. I loved their dynamics, both between the parents and the children and the siblings between each other. It was also so well done and I really loved it.
The romance and the romantic interest are so wonderful. Everything is just so DARN cute. Their interactions, the way they talk to each other, it was so amazing and I absolutely was rooting for the two of them from the very beginning. I don’t know if Blue’s identity was supposed to be easy to guess, but I totally didn’t mind it. I feel like maybe that was the point. Like it was supposed to be obvious to us, it’s just that Simon was clueless. Either way, super wonderful amazing romance!
On a final note, I want to say that I really like that there’s mention of technology fairly often in the book. People are on their phones, they use them fairly often, there’s always a laptop there, there’s mention of Tumblr and stuff. And I like that it isn’t awkward. It’s just there, and it’s so important, because teenagers (and people generally) use technology ALL THE TIME. So I feel like contemporary stories should reflect that. And this one did, so I really appreciated that.
It’s obvious that I loved this so much. I think it’s a book that is universally loved, and I can’t think of anyone not liking this. It was just what I needed, it will make you feel all nice and warm, and I highly recommended you read it, preferably right now. Oh and thank you to my friends, and Twitter for making me pick it up!
Final verdict: 5 stars
Let me know if you’ve read this one and what you thought of it! I’d love to hear your thoughts as always!
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