This is a witty and feels-worthy-but-at-the-same-time-packed-with-humour book. I’ve been wanting to read Simon vs The Homo Sapiens Agenda for ages and it was worth the wait. It’s the story of Simon having a growing relationship with someone named Blue via email, but his world is shaken by Martin who finds out about the emails and blackmails him. Arrange hangouts with his crush Abby, help him make a move on her, in exchange of not letting the world know that Simon is gay. It’s not just awkward but a WTF? situation. Plus Simon doesn’t ruin everything with Blue so…
Simon vs beautifully and realistically deals with the search for identity or shaping it, first love even though it’s mostly virtual and Simon doesn’t know who Blue is, and of course coming out. The book honestly captures the thinking process and inner struggle in regards to being open with one’s sexuality. Yes, why don’t straight people come out too?
A lot of thought went into creating depth to Simon and his inner turmoil, flawed too, making him three-dimensional, as well as the other characters. Even though Blue is mostly read through the emails, he does have some depth though his identity is a mystery (which keeps you reading to find out) and yet I didn’t see the twist coming. The book ended nicely, making you hope for a sequel or a novella.
And just when I was tired of first person narratives, Simon’s voice showed me a fresh take on it. I definitely recommend this book 🙂