Book Gush: Simon vs the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli

Straight people should have to come out too. The more awkward it is, the better.
Simon Spier is sixteen and trying to work out who he is – and what he’s looking for.
But when one of his emails to the very distracting Blue falls into the wrong hands, things get all kinds of complicated.
Because, for Simon, falling for Blue is a big deal…
It’s a holy freaking huge awesome deal.

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Way back in March (is every month this year a hundred years long, or is that just me?), I ran a March Madness bracket for my followers to choose my April TBR. Simon vs the Homo Sapiens Agenda was the winner in the Backlist category, of books I’ve had for over two years and still haven’t read. Well, I read it–THANK YOU–and I’m just mad it took me so damn long.

TL,DR: I love this book!

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❗️Mild spoilers ahead!❗️

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❤️THINGS I LOVED❤️
❤️ Every member of the friendship group, and Simon’s sisters. I’m looking forward to Leah’s, but I’d read all their spinoffs in a heartbeat.
❤️ The romance, obviously, because it was insanely cute; but also that Simon was attracted to other guys, and was actively trying to see Blue in and as them. So often the romantic protagonist has eyes exclusively for their ‘endgame’ (as our favourite teen dramas keep calling it), who gets to have other relationships purely for the torment of our protagonist. It was realistic that Simon crushed on other guys, and it didn’t take anything away from his eventual relationship with Blue–in fact, I thought it added to Simon’s sunny charm to have him so instantly open to the real Blue, in spite of his other crushes.
❤️ The humour–that snark without being cynical. I was actually thinking how lovely it was that Simon was so optimistic and romantic towards the world, and so when Simon called himself a cynic, I thought… Am I reading this right, or have I just spent too much time in the dark and twisty Grishaverse that anything else seems light? (Yes, but that’s beside the point.) Then of course Simon asks why no one believes he’s a cynic, and it was a full circle moment of: because you’re a delight, Simon, that’s why! Just like this book.

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💖THE THING I LOVED BEST💖
💖 Here’s a cliche for reviewing a romcom: the thing I loved best about this book is that it made me feel like the world was made of candyfloss and my heart had angel wings. I don’t know what to say, guys; I’m all out of words to describe what a damn crush I have on this book. It had many great moments (see: above), but the true sign of a successful romcom is that you feel it while you read/watch/listen, and I felt every wonderful word of this one.

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🌟THE HIGHLIGHTS🌟
🌟Favourite character: I loved Simon, and I completely related to Leah, but my favourite character is Blue, for being ALL THE SWEET THINGS.
🌟Favourite quote: “It feels like we’re the last survivors of a zombie apocalypse. Wonder Woman and a gay dementor. It doesn’t bode well for the survival of the species.”
🌟Favourite moment: I am a sucker for extended views into the happily ever after, so I loved every single thing about the last thirty or so pages. EVERYTHING.

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This book is:
A standalone🔶Part of a duology🔶Part of a trilogy🔶Part of a series

It’s also:
Action-packed🔶Charming🔶Clever🔶Comforting🔶Creepy🔶Dark🔶Emotional🔶Funny🔶Gripping🔶Haunting🔶Heartbreaking🔶Intense🔶Mysterious🔶Powerful🔶Quirky🔶Romantic🔶Sad🔶Scary🔶Sweet🔶Tear-jerking🔶Tense🔶Touching🔶Twisted🔶Violent🔶Witty

It’s:
Middle Grade🔶YA🔶Adult

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