Thursday, 17 May 2018

Love, Simon by Becky Albertalli

Love, Simon
(a.k.a. Simon Vs The Homo Sapiens Agenda)
by Becky Albertalli

Summary: Sixteen-year-old and not-so-openly gay Simon Spier prefers to save his drama for the school musical. But when an email falls into the wrong hands, his secret is at risk of being thrust into the spotlight. Now Simon is actually being blackmailed: if he doesn’t play wingman for class clown Martin, his sexual identity will become everyone’s business. Worse, the privacy of Blue, the pen name of the boy he’s been emailing, will be compromised.

With some messy dynamics emerging in his once tight-knit group of friends, and his email correspondence with Blue growing more flirtatious every day, Simon’s junior year has suddenly gotten all kinds of complicated. Now, change-averse Simon has to find a way to step out of his comfort zone before he’s pushed out—without alienating his friends, compromising himself, or fumbling a shot at happiness with the most confusing, adorable guy he’s never met.

People have been raving about this book since it came out and I don't know why it took me so long to read it.

...Well, actually, that's a total lie. I do know why.

You know how people say you're not supposed to judge a book by its cover? I not only do that occasionally, but I do this ridiculous thing where sometimes I will judge a book by its title. A bad title can irrationally put me off reading a book for ages and when I say "bad" I don't mean objectively bad, I just mean that I personally don't like it.

It happened with one of my favourite books, Jellicoe Road, it has happened with other books and will probably happen again because I never learn my lesson.

What I'm getting at is, the title "Simon Vs The Homo Sapiens Agenda" (and the cover -- not into red covers or decapitated heads) did nothing for me. It just irrationally and inexplicably bothered me.

And I've just wasted a big chunk of my review telling you why I took so long to read the book...but what I'm getting at is: I was wrong. The book was just as good as everyone says it is and it was a delight to read.

I loved the characters, I loved the relationships. Was it perfect? No. But I really loved it. I loved that it wasn't an angsty issue book (which many books that revolve around sexually seem to be, and those have their place but it's good to show the whole spectrum of coming out stories), I loved that it was a relatively positive coming out story.

When I was reading, I alternated between the audio and the ebook (audio is excellent, would definitely recommend the narration), but when I finished I immediately ordered a physical copy (movie cover because I'm ridiculous and the new cover and movie title are still more appealing to me). If I feel the need to have a physical copy on my overflowing shelves when I already own other formats, you know a book did something right.

I'd rate it 4 stars out of 5.


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