I think my title has a better ring to it.
Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda
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 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.
Incredibly funny and poignant, this twenty-first-century coming-of-age, coming out story—wrapped in a geek romance—is a knockout of a debut novel by Becky Albertalli.
Buy it – Amazon
This book was so hyped, and I expected so much. After hearing REVIEW, AFTER REVIEW, AFTER REVIEW, I expected this to be the best book I’d read this year!
(that trophy still belongs to American Street)
I wasn’t going to review this, but I decided to, last minute. My goal this year, was for me to review all of the books (or most of the books) that I read. Here’s the thing about negatively reviewing diverse stories (despite the identity of the author) : There’s always a fear that if you do not support, no other stories will be published. This story was not written for me. And I’m totally against super negative reviews by people whose identity does not reflect that of the MC in a book (ex: a white man ranting about a book that centers a black teen). Since most of y’all have probably already read this story and formed an opinion, I’ve decided to focus on a specific section that grinned my gears.
This book, read like an adult looking in on social media, but not using social media. Since this story was published in 2015, it was probably written around 2012-2014. As a self-admitted past Tumblr addict, I must barge in and yell, “THIS IS NOT HOW TUBLR IS USED.”
Well, maybe if Simon is a LOCAL (he is), then he’s using Tumblr correctly.
But as for Tumblr culture years ago, it was a virus. No one knew anyone’s Tumblr url. Safeguarding your url was key, and there was a motto similar to that of Fight Club.
Rule Number One of Tumblr : Don’t talk about Tumblr.
When I was on Tumblr, it was a place where you could hide forms the real life and completely re-invent yourself entirely. ANONYMOUSLY! The idea of Simon NOT being out online, didn’t make any sense to me. Everyone was out on Tumblr!
Why didn’t they text or message each other through Tumblr? Did the author know you could do that??!?!!?
Diversity: .5 stars
The movie was very diverse, but the book… It felt like a white story with a few black people thrown in.
Plot: .5 stars
Setting: .5 stars
Characters: .5 stars
Writing: 1 stars
(I got this idea from this blog. I wanted to create some kind of scale to rate books on, and I was completely absent until I found this one! Thanks!)