The Best Moments In Reading Are When You Come Across Something- A Thought, A Feeling, A Way At Looking At Things- Which You Had Thought Special And Particular To You. And Now, Here It Is, Set Down By Someone Else, A Person You Have Never Met, Someone Who Is Even Long Dead. And It Is As If A Hand Has Come Out, And Taken Yours.

Alan Bennett

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Friday, January 29, 2016

Simon vs. The Homo Sapiens Agenda

Title: Simon VS. The Homo Sapiens Agenda 
Author: Becky Albertalli
Publisher: Balzer + Bray
Publication Date: April 7th, 2015
Genre: YA/ Romance/ Fiction
Length: 303 pages
Source: Bookstore
Where you can get yours:Book Depository

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.

Simon knows he is gay from the moment that he and the mysterious boy Blue start emailing each other after Simon discovers a Tumblr post by Blue that speaks to him. However, when he accidentally forgets to log out of the library computer, and Martin; a boy from his class finds his and Blue’s emails and decides to blackmail him with them unless he introduces Simon’s good friend to him, Simon knows his relationship is at stake. But what can Simon do when Abbie (his friend isn’t interested) and he can’t tell Blue because that might mean the end of their emails.

You know how sometimes you read the short book review thingy on the cover of the book and can’t help agreeing? For example this particular book’s review said: Becky Albertalli is like the love child of John Green and Rainbow Rowell. John Green is funnier, and Rainbow Rowell has books more thought probing, however together they form this perfect combination of both. You know how you’re sometimes in a reading slump and just can’t get into a book? I was in one, and this book got me out of it after three pages. It’s light and funny, but it’s a book that you didn’t waste your time reading. It’s sweet and fluffy like a marshmallow, but at the same time honest and empowering. I liked it a lot. I have never heard of Becky Albertalli, nor do I know whether she has any other books published, but I will certainly try to look and find more, if they’re any similar to Simon VS. The Homo Sapiens Agenda. You really don’t expect to like it as much as you do when you first start reading. It explores the character’s view and the book itself is kind of narrated like a diary. It isn’t the next Fault in Our Stars, but at the same time it’s poignant and true to itself. The characters were fine, but you don’t really get to know them that much except Simon himself. Every once in a while you have to read a book like this to clear your mind of all the other things you have to do, and things happening in your life. I got the book because I saw it during a book haul while I was browsing a bookstore and bought it because I thought the cover was interesting. It is and it also looks super cool in my bookshelf! So, in short if you’re in a bit of a reading slump I definitely recommend it!
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