Simon VS The Homo Sapiens Agenda

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read 23/01/18

iSPOILERS!

Today I finished reading Simon VS. The Homo Sapiens Agenda, after starting it yesterday. If anything, this proves it was a page-turner. The use of electronic Epistolary meant that I just couldn’t wait for more clues about Blue. An enlightening and delightful read if you’re looking for something high spirited that delves into teen problems and societal judgements.

Simon VS is a romantic mystery YA novel exploring the idea of ‘coming out’. One of my goals this year was to read more LGBTQ+ books and I cannot wait to read more like this. I feel Simon VS portrays an accurate experience of coming out, society and school-life. Although Simon goes through many struggles not only as a teenager but as a gay man, his relationships with his friends and family encompass negative and positive experiences. I thought the character development was really interesting and thought about. Each character had a whole life (if that doesn’t sound weird), they were not simply a flat character who does things for the progression of the plot.

I think representations of families in fiction, especially YA, is really important. I loved that the novel talks about this as well as friends and romantic relationships. The element of confrontation and ‘jokes’ in terms of coming out was talked about within the family, friends and teachers in a well-executed way.

Overall I really enjoyed the book, I found it heart-warming because of the romantic element as well as the LGBTQ+ pride element. I feel this novel is a great read not only for teenagers but adults too. Although I felt a bit old reading about 16-year-olds, we were all that age once and I feel any contemporary readers can learn something from this book.

Also, the book is being turned into a film, ‘Love, Simon’, you can watch the trailer here. Although, I would advise avoiding any spoilers and reading the book ‘blind’ as it were. Thank you for reading. 🙂

8/10.

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