“The whole point of everything is to find a shore worth swimming to.”
Genre: Young Adult
Rate: 3.5 stars
Sixteen-year-old and not-so-openly gay Simon Spier prefers to save his drama for the school musical. But when an email falls into the wrong hands, his secret is at risk of being thrust into the spotlight. Now Simon is actually being blackmailed: if he doesn’t play wingman for class clown Martin, his sexual identity will become everyone’s business. Worse, the privacy of Blue, the pen name of the boy he’s been emailing, will be compromised.
With some messy dynamics emerging in his once tight-knit group of friends, and his email correspondence with Blue growing more flirtatious every day, Simon’s junior year has suddenly gotten all kinds of complicated. Now, change-averse Simon has to find a way to step out of his comfort zone before he’s pushed out—without alienating his friends, compromising himself, or fumbling a shot at happiness with the most confusing, adorable guy he’s never met.
If I do say so myself, I found this book quite easy to read, and finished it in 2 days. The homosexuality is treated well, and how it affects teenagers and their relations in their day to day lives. Especially those who haven’t come out yet.
I was a little bit lost in the beginning with the introductions to the characters and as I read on, I found them adorable and some relatable. Simon is one grounded and level headed boy, and with the air of mystery in the book, quite intuitive.
“Who you like can’t be forced or persuaded or manipulated.”
I believe the representation in the book is spot on and well portrayed. A fun quirky contemporary read that is quite enjoyable.
Have you read Simon Vs The Homo Sapiens Agenda? What did you think of it?