Simon vs. The Homo Sapiens Agenda is about two lives Simon is living. One is with a boy he met on the internet who refers to himself as "Blue", from a website where people can have secret identities and reveal stuff about them. Simon goes by "Jacques". And for a while now, they've been chatting together in their pseudonyms, and is the only place where both boys can admit they're gay. The other life is one where a guy named Martin finds out about Simon's gay talk with Blue when he forgets to log out of the school computer and takes screenshots of one of the emails as blackmail. Why is so that Simon can put him up with his best friend Abby. But Simon's friends are their own risk all the same. There's basically a quartet of best friends in Simon's life, with whom he hasn't revealed his secret to yet. In it, there's Abby, Nick, and Leah. Nick and Abby are dating, but there's a very jealous Leah in the mix and this conflict is threatening all of them.
Now, this is spoilers for the first 20 pages, but this book takes place in the middle of pretty much all of Simon and Blue's friendship. I knew going in this was going to be a book with email messaging but what I expected was for them to meet at the beginning but this more or less begins with Martin's blackmail. I also didn't really find the nickname Simon gives him as a result really that funny, and there were occasional times where I wished the book acknowledged anyone straight can fall in love with someone of the same gender and vice versa. Just something I'm looking for in a book lately. But, you know what? Screw it. As I said, this book is terrific. And sweet-toothed for Oreos. Mmmm. I personally find they're delicious yet sometimes have not enough of the creamy inside and sometimes stick to my teeth. I still eat them and love them.
I just can't get over how relatable this book is. There are the fears of coming out, of course, but there's also the heartbreak of potentially ending a long-lasting friendship, and a character is embarrassed from rejection when asked for a date...Yeah, when that happens, you feel like you were hit by a car in the heart for a while, don't you? These high-schoolers get angry, shy, surprised, supportive, sad, you name it, it's in there.
There's also a part where some people find out about Simon's interest in boys, and the reaction was spot-on. Some people make fun of him; one guy pretend-kisses him to mock him. Simon blushed and I blushed with him, as upset as he was. At the same time, he has more supporters than mockers. In fact, there are two girls he doesn't really know that come up and hug him and exchange numbers with him. Aaawww.
I was skeptical about the amount of emails in this book because I'd recently read a book called Ten Things I Hate About Me, where the email messages were not horrid but too repetitive, adding a secret friend but not having as much of a punch. The emails here are much better, primarily because they test boundaries and might make some people jealous of Simon and Blue.
I won't spoil how this book ends, but I just adore it. It couldn't have gone better. It proves how powering friendship and real friendship can be, it's cuter than it has any right to be, and there's an apology hidden in there that made me grab my heart waiting for it to stop pumping.
Simon vs. The Homo Sapiens Agenda is a book where you laugh at it and enjoy it as you read it, and then allows you to cuddle up with it after when you look back at it.