As I already mentioned in my previous blogs that the month of June is celebrated as a month of pride. So, on the occasion of the pride month while searching for pride month activities to do on Instagram I came across a pride month readathon. The readathon had 4 prompts related to LGBTQIA+ literature for 4 weeks of the month and we had to choose books based on the prompts and read the books. The organizers were kid enough to suggest the names of the books for each of the 4 prompts. The readathon was fun as it gave me an opportunity to discover a new genre and the vast literature. I was socked and surprised at my speed of reading as I was able to finish all 4 prompts. In the first week of the readathon the book that I choose was Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda.
Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda is a 2015 young adult novel and the debut book by American author Becky Albertalli.
The coming-of-age story focuses on its titular protagonist Simon Spier, a closeted, gay, high school-aged boy who is forced to come out after a blackmailer discovers Simon’s e-mails written to another closeted classmate with whom he has fallen in love.
Simon Spier is a closeted, gay, 16-year-old student in his junior year of high school with a fondness for musical theater who lives in a suburb of Atlanta, Georgia. Unbeknownst to his family and friends, Simon has been sending e-mails to a person going by the name of “Blue”, Simon himself using the pseudonym “Jacques”.
As the two become closer, however, Simon’s secret suddenly falls under siege; the e-mails sent between him and Blue are threatened to be released if he doesn’t play wingman for Martin, the class clown, and coerce his friend Abby into falling in love with him. Now, his sexual orientation could be revealed and the privacy of his enigmatic digital confidant could possibly be compromised. Simon must find a way to step out of his comfort zone, before he is pushed out, and before he loses Blue, who only grows more flirtatious by the day, and who Simon, whether by choice or not, is on the cusp of encountering in person.
Simon is literally the nerdiest dorkiest and most adorable characters of all time trust me on that he wore glasses because he felt like harry potter on wearing them. And he even had a crush on Harry I mean how could a character be so adorable. Also he loved oreos which is like my ultimate code for good day and so this book made me really hungry and i may left a dent on my kindle(I swear I was not daydreaming about oreos)
Obviously I’m not saying his name because then why would you read the book? but he was so cute and adorable in his emails and he is really strict about typo errors which means I couldn’t be friends with him*sigh*but he and simon are so cute like they are the definition of cuteness trust me on that and i just want to be friends with both of them.
Nick is Simon’s oldest friends and he is really cool because he plays guitar and he likes video games! like man can this book get anymore relatable???!
Leah was more on the side of insecure of friends who don’t want their friends to make new friends but I kind of get her? like I would feel pretty bad too if I was left out from my group of friends but then I wouldn’t make that big of a deal of it and i wouldn’t have girl on girl hate just because I have a crush on this boy and they boy likes the girl on that note I feel like I wouldn’t have crush on boys at all because I’m too busy crushing on boys who don’t exist yeah my sad life.
Abby is the girl whom Leah hates so much but in reality she is like really sweet and she is so nice to Simon! I just can’t hate her.
This was literally the cutest book I’ve ever read. And the thing is Becky portrayed everything so well in this book like how teenage boys are and what its actually like to have an online friend and the feelings along with it like you want to meet them but then you don’t want to meet them just so their opinion of yours and your opinion about them doesn’t change. I bet she has had an online friend because could write it that damn well!
In addition to all of this. This book was so funny like literally I was laughing in every chapter and the thing is Simon is such an adorable and sweet guy and the emails we get to read they are so full of adorable moments I literally want to be friends with Simon I mean he dressed up as Dementor for a costume party!! what else do you want?
Also I would say this is a book in which I don’t think the relationship between Simon and the “mystery boy” was too forced and it seemed so genuine and not too far fetched like we see that the mystery boy was conserved in the first few e-mails and then they became friends and then happened what happened.
I was literally grinning like an idiot by the end of the book because man you can’t help it you will always be happy for Simon and he was so so happy. that I just had to grin like a madwoman. All in all this was geekiest and cutest book of all time and you need to read it you just have to read this!