Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda

Author: Becky Albertalli
Rating: 3.5 / 5 stars
Verdict: Borrow

Simon Spier has a secret, and when a failed attempt to log out of a personal email account on a public computer finds that secret in jeopardy, Simon succumbs to blackmail in order to keep the truth hidden.  Simon’s secret?  He has a pen pal, one that he happens to be quite enamored with.  And his pen pal?  Another student at their school, who is also keeping his identity a secret.

Simon vs. the blah blah blah can be witty and charming at times, a bit cliche at others, and sickeningly sweet as well.  Though it has its flaws (like the fact that Simon only seems to be able to define himself by his sexuality at times), it is a charming coming of age novel to be sure.  It is exactly what you would think for a coming out novel of a young teenage boy, and yet it packs enough charm and surprises to keep you interested.  There is a twist towards the end, as Simon comes to realize who his pen pal is exactly, and its a twist for the narrator and the readers alike.

And the end?  So cute and adorable is almost made me want to gag.  While romance novels aren’t really my thing, there is enough character and uniqueness to this novel to hold my interest, though I doubt I’d ever read it again.

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