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Simon Vs. The Homo Sapiens Agenda

Recently I’ve seen trailers for a new movie coming out called “Love, Simon,” which I discovered was based off of a book titled “Simon Vs. The Homo Sapiens Agenda,” by Becky Albertalli.

The book is about a boy named Simon who lives in Georgia. He’s pretty much an open book, except no one knows he’s gay. The book alternates between traditional chapters of first person thoughts and dialogue from Simon’s perspective, and emails between him and another gay kid from his school who goes by the secret identity, Blue.

As of late, it feels as though YA novels continuously follow the same plot of a girl with a quirk who falls in love with the impossibly cool nerd. Simon was the breath of fresh air that I desperately needed. Something about Simon’s character was so easy to relate to. He was an awkward extrovert who was just trying to finish high school without anyone noticing him.

It wasn’t just Simon’s character that made the book so good. Blue’s identity stays a secret for almost the entirety of the book. I found myself reading past the chapter I intended to stop at because there was another clue as to who Blue could be, and I needed to read on. It was impossible to put down.

Unlike some YA novels, it was unpredictable. As many times as I guess who Blue was, it turned out I was wrong, even though there were subtle hints to his true identity. When Blue is revealed, it was the perfect shock for the end of the book.

I picked up the book because I saw the trailer for the movie, but much like every other book to movie adaptation, the book was better than the trailer could have ever portrayed. “Simon Vs. The Homo Sapiens Agenda,” was the just the book I was looking for, and I’d recommend it to anyone who’s looking for something that’s a little outside of the box.