Simon vs. The Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli

Simon vs. The Homo Sapiens Agenda is the funniest, cutest, romantic, most hilariously accurate novel I’ve read this year. And possibly my whole entire life. I loved it. I fell in love with the characters, and the story. Even the antagonist, a class clown named Martin isn’t that horrible. He did terrible things to Simon and Abby and their friends, but you understand what’s going on inside his head as much as you understand what Simon is thinking about.

Simon vs. The Homo Sapiens Agenda is not just a book about coming out of the closet or being who you are. It’s a book about friendship and first love and trust. As read the novel, you quickly understand that these are the type of characters that you don’t forget for a long time. I give this book five stars. You should totally read this book, my lovely little angels.

Not so openly gay Simon Spier has an online boyfriend. The only problem is he has no idea who this mysterious Blue is. He knows that Blue is in his grade and goes to his school, but that’s all that Simon knows about Blue’s identity. As Simon and Blue (who I would totally take to Vegas to get married with if he wasn’t fictional and gay) become closer and closer, Simon’s life gets more and more complicated. Not only is he this close to making out with his laptop screen, but he’s getting blackmailed by his class clown, Martin. How can he tell Abby, Nick, and Leah about Martin if he’s convinced he can’t tell anybody or his sexual orientation will be in the hands of everyone at school? Martin is making Simon set him and Abby up or else Simon’s emails with Blue become public property. So not only is Martin blackmailing Simon, to an extent, he’s also blackmailing the most adorable, cute, and awesome guy Simon’s never met. In the midst of figuring everything out, Simon becomes closer and closer to Nick and Abby, leaving Leah, Garrett, and Bram behind, much to Leah’s disgust. Leah hates Abby for so many reasons, you can’t them on your fingers, toes, nails, and strands of hair. But mostly Leah hates Abby because Leah used to be Simon’s best friend, she was almost Nick’s girlfriend, and she isn’t as pretty as Abby. How can Simon fix is friendship with Leah, Garrett, and Bram, set up Abby and Martin, and meet Blue without things spiraling wildly out of control?

~~Cassandra Grace

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