Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda

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I’m sure many people have heard of the movie Love Simon that recently came out, and to my surprise, it is actually based on a book with a much more complicated title. Over midterm break, I made my way into Barnes & Noble with little money to spend, and I thought Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda (and many others) looked like a really fun read. Last week, I finished the novel in about two days.

Simon has an anonymous email relationship with “Blue,” another boy at his high school. However, Simon forgets to log out of his computer after emailing Blue, and Simon’s relationship with Blue and his homosexuality may no longer be a secret. Throughout the novel, Simon tries to figure out Blue’s identity while also trying to reveal his to those he loves most. He is very close with his family and a group of friends, and he doesn’t want his relationships to change once they find out.

This content of this novel was  out of my comfort zone. The content didn’t make me uncomfortable, but it was much different than I am used to. Previously, homosexual characters were minor characters in the novels I read, and Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda was a refreshing change. It was also  written well. Teen Vogue called it “The love child of John Green and Rainbow Rowell.” It had a little bit of sexuality, so I would be a little uncomfortable suggesting the novel to junior high students, but I think it would be a great read for high school students.

Personally, this was window read. It was one of those books that helped me understand a way of life than is different than my own, and I think it would do that for a lot of people. Anyone is welcome to borrow the novel if they’re interested!

5 Comments

  1. Thank you for your blog! Your description has really cemented in my mind that I definitely need to read this. It sounds interesting. I must have my head in the sand (okay, really I just NEVER watch commercials or advertisements) because I have not seen the trailer to Love Simon or ever heard about it. Now I’m going to have to go Google it!

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  2. This sounds like a really interesting book, and like you said, could greatly help the reader understand the lives of those who are different from them. I think books like this are really important for high school students to be exposed to because they help give the reader a look into someone else’s life.

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