“If she thinks me drinking coffee is big news, IT’S GOING TO BE QUITE A FUCKING MORNING.” – Simon
“I don’t know. I’m just so sick of straight people who can’t get their shit together. ” – Simon
“I will make it my hill to die on.” – Ms. Albright.
“The longer you sit with some shit, the harder it is to talk about.” -Leah
“People really are like houses with vast rooms and tiny windows. And maybe it’s a good thing, the way we never stop surprising each other.” – Simon
Simon Vs. The Homo Sapiens Agenda is mindblowingly awesome. We’ve never needed a book like we’ve needed this one. Just let that sink in.
How Simon Came To Be So Awesome
I greatly appreciate how despite the difficult situation of Simon being blackmailed by Martin Addison, (a class clown and has recently been promoted to the professional position of grade A douchebag) Simon is still witty. His cynicism and his hilarity keeps the story upbeat and also makes the reader love him. Becky’s intelligence is greatly displayed in the careful way she was able to weave in the wit in between the character development, Simon’s up and Simon’s downs.
-The Emails & Exceptional Character Development
I should also mention that a majority of this great wit, hilarity and adorableness comes from the emails between Simon and Blue. It is beautiful to watch them flirt (super sexually, I might add 😉 ) and slowly fall in love. In these emails, we explore the grand knowledge of the Oreo expert, Simon himself, jokes about Halloween costumes, conflicts that they assist each other with and more.
Becky Albertalli’s ability to not only dive into the heads of these characters, and not only develop them but their relationship realistically whilst also chaining us to them in a bondage of love, is simply astonishing. Especially for a debut, the talent brings warmth to my heart. In the dark of THE DEFAULT – “There shouldn’t even be a default.” Becky brings us away from the default, showing us how to be more open minded to our LGBTQIA youth.
Through the emails as well as multiple scenes, Becky effortlessly develops her characters to the fullest, leaving no stone unturned that could possibly turn off a reader. Becky’s exceptional character development caused me to fall in love with most of the characters and never let them go.
-The Fangirl Squealing Induced
Adorable blushing/ flirting? Check.
Kissing in the rain? Check.
Unexpected Meetup and Cute Blue? Check.
Cute making out scenes and relationship development before conclusion? Check.
Sister relationship/ family relationships that were quirky and fun? Check.
Quirky AP Theater Geeks That Are Too COOL FOR SCHOOL? CHECKKKKKK.
Also, heartbreaking moments that brought empathy and connected us further. Diversity. Perfect ending as well as many fun scenes.