It’s Monday and I feel like I’m back on track for my reading goal for the summer! I just finished a wonderful book titled Simon vs. The Home Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli. This novel is about 16-year-old Simon Spier from Atlanta, Georgia. Simon has been secretly conversing with a character he only knows as “Blue” in e-mails. During one such conversation, Simon forgets to log out of his account at school. This sets the stage for the class clown, Martin Addison, to read the e-mail and use it to blackmail Simon. Simon’s core group of friends includes Nick Eisner, whom he has known since they were four; Leah Burke, whom he has known for several years; and Abby Suso, who moved to Georgia at the beginning of the current school year.
Martin has a crush on Abby and decides to use the information about Simon to blackmail Simon into helping him get nearer to Abby. Simon is not keen on this, but feels he has no other choice as he doesn’t know what reactions people/family will have finding out about him. He also doesn’t want to jeopardize his budding romance with “Blue”. During this time, he is also on a mission to find out the true identity of “Blue” as his feelings have grown deeper with each conversation they have. As the story unfolds, he is forced to reveal his secret and the ramifications that ensue will have you crying and cheering.
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. I enjoyed the fact that chapters were written in narrative and others were written in e-mails between “Blue” and “Jacques” aka Simon. I felt that the issue of homosexuality and the fear of being “found out” was handled in a sensitive manner. I enjoyed seeing Simon’s character develop and change throughout the story. I would be careful though on who I recommend this to, as there are some sexual references in the novel that would not be appropriate for all ages. But overall, this is a great coming-of-age story that will have you laughing, crying, and cheering, sometimes all at the same time!
It has also been made into a movie that was released in March of 2018 (I can’t wait to see it!)