Book Review: Simon vs the Homo Sapiens Agenda

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I am always a book before movie gal, so when I heard that “Love, Simon” was a movie based on a book, I swore I would read the book before watching the movie. While shopping for food items, I casually strolled through the book section in Walmart and my eyes landed on the book: “Simon vs the Homo Sapiens Agenda”. I had to have it. In this blog, I will include descriptions of important events that occur, along with my opinion of it at the end.

The book follows the main character Simon Spier, a closeted gay teenager in a school in Georgia. His email exchanges with his love interest Blue- it is later revealed that Blue is Bram Greenfield -are discovered by Martin Addison, a sort of antagonist in Simon’s story. Martin blackmails Simon into trying to help him score a date with Abby Suso, Simon’s other female best friend.

The book was released on April 7,2015 and it falls under the categories of romance, LGBT, young adult, and many others. The author is Becky Albertalli, an award-winning American author. Not only is she known for her book “Simon vs the Homo Sapiens Agenda’, but she also wrote “The Upside of Unrequited” and “Leah on the Offbeat”. In March 2018, a movie adaptation of the book was released called “Love, Simon”.

Throughout the book, you see Simon and Blue’s relationship flourish with each email they send each other. Flirty emails, deep questions, and just the fact that they confide in each other with so many personal problems just makes the pair so likable. Meanwhile, Martin threatens to release the emails online if Simon doesn’t help him win over Abby’s heart.

Simon is uncomfortable with helping Martin out, but he doesn’t want to lose Blue and lose his trust, so he feels he has no choice. He complies.

As you read on, you see Simon attempt to decipher who “Blue” exactly is, meanwhile Leah, Abby, and Nick- Simon’s three best friends -have their own little issues. Leah has liked Nick for a while but unfortunately Abby and Nick like each other, and the fact that Simon comes out to Abby before he comes out to her about his sexuality destroys their friendship. Around the end of the book, you see them reform their bond and become close again.

At this point in time, Simon’s life is a mess. Martin grows envious of the bond Simon has with Abby and posts a crude post on the school’s Tumblr, pretending to be Simon and exclaiming how he was gay and how he was willing to do sexual things with men.

This reveals who Simon is to “Blue” and the boy stops emailing Simon for weeks. Simon faces bullying. While practicing for a play, two men dress in women’s clothing and wave signs with offensive taunts on them at the door, making fun of Simon. In the official play, someone defaces Simon’s poster and his name is rewritten into a gay slur.

Around the end of the book, Simon slowly fixes everything. He helps Leah feel wanted again, he reveals the truth of his relationship with Martin to Abby, and he accepts that he is gay and he can’t change that. He struggled with his family for some pages, but they quickly made up. He visits a carnival his school holds every time there’s a big event for the school, and he decides to attend, hoping to find “Blue”.

He can’t find “Blue” throughout most of the carnival, but he decides to stay a bit longer than most. With about an hour left before the carnival closes, the hops onto the Tilt-A-Whirl, and someone else joins him. It was “Blue”, or Bram Greenfield. The two immediately recognize each other, although Blue already know who Simon or “Jacques” was.

They hit it off right away and they have this chemistry that makes you want to see their wedding day. It makes you feel single, yet so lovey-dovey that you might even scream into your pillow.

I love their relationship so much because not only is it LGBTQ+ positive, but it’s also POC positive and religiously equal. Bram is a gay black Jewish boy while Simon is an atheist gay white boy. This book touches on not-really mentioned topics and adds diversity to the books and movies we see today. Only a small percentage of the people we see on TV are black and even less are openly gay/lesbian/etc.

Not only do I love Simon’s relationship with Bram and crave to have that one day, but I’m in love with Simon’s relationship with his sisters, family, and his friends. His sisters are quick to accept him, and so are his parents, and they’re there for Simon even when he’s a hot mess. His friends help him feel comfortable with his unexpected coming out day, and he feels he can be himself around them.

The book touches on topics that occur more often than not. These topics are also rarely talked about. Not only does Simon get ridiculed for being gay, but his family struggles with it and he even runs into some issues with them.

In real life, you can’t just come out and expect to be accepted right away. Not everyone will agree with you, but like the book shows, everything will sort itself out. Eventually.

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Class of 2021 MLEC | Co-president of ERA | 15 yo | Latina | LGBT |

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