Welcome to the second edition of ‘Monthly Must’, where I recommend a book I love every first day of the month. For August I am going to recommend Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda, a book I recently read (and loved so much I had to reread it the next day). I don’t really know how describe this book whilst making it sound as awesome as it is, and I don’t really like the blurb or the Goodreads description. But I will just put both in anyway and some praise. (To get a good feel of this book, you really have to read the first two chapters. They are quite amazing and explain good what is going on and give a hint at what is to come.)
Simon Spier is sixteen and trying to work out who he is – and what he’s looking for. But when one of his emails to the very distracting Blue falls into the wrong hands, things get all kinds of complicated. Because, for Simon, falling for Blue is a big deal …
The Goodreads description:
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.
“Albertalli paints a stunningly three-dimensional, cliche-free world for Simon that bursts with unforgettable characters. Savor it, because you’ll read it for the first time only once. Worthy of Fault in Our Stars-level obsession.” Entertainment Weekly
“Delightfully funny and at times heart-wrenching. Readers will ache for Simon’s awkwardness, cheer his small triumphs, but, most of all, fall in love with this kid and with this remarkable gift of a novel.” Andrew Smith, author of Grasshopper Jungle
“The love child of John Green and Rainbow Rowell’ Teen Vogue
“I take a sip of my beer, and it’s – I mean, it’s just astonishingly disgusting. I don’t think I was expecting it to taste like ice cream, but holy fucking hell. People lie and get fake IDs and sneak into bars, and for this? I honestly think I’d rather make out with Bieber. The dog. Or Justin.”
I decided to buy this book for my trip to Malaysia after wanting it for quite a long time. In spite of the not-so-special cover and the title which I (even after reading the book) don’t get. What did get me exited were the amazing reviews on Goodreads, and the general prospect of the book.
All the characters, even the supporting ones you don’t know as much about, feel like they were walking around on earth one day and then accidentally fell into the book. Most of them are very likable and make you wish they are real, and the less obviously likable ones leave you with complicated feelings towards them, which is good. I think people their opinions of them will vary, what will start quite a few interesting conversations.
The plot is great, never slow, and you won’t be able to put the book down. The subplots are very good too.
In this book there is an email exchange between Simon and Blue. The emails are easily my favorite part of the book, they made me giggle, chuckle, snort and fall in love with Simon and Blue as they were falling in love with each other. Even though I guessed who Blue was quite early on in the story, it didn’t make it any less exiting or fun, and ‘The Big Reveal’ might be my favorite paragraph of all time.
This book is honestly the best book I have read in the romance genre. It is cute and fluffy and light and will leave you thinking about Simon and Blue long after it has ended.
There’s this pause. We’re still looking at each other. And there’s this feeling in my stomach like a coil pulled taut. “It’s you,” I say.
You can buy this book here: http://www.amazon.com/Simon-vs-Homo-Sapiens-Agenda/dp/0062348671
Or here: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/simon-vs-the-homo-sapiens-agenda-becky-albertalli/1119908802