Tuesday, 6 February 2018

Book talk/review: Simon vs the homo sapiens agenda by Becky Albertalli.

Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda

I want to say with all my heart that this is my favorite book, apart from Harry Potter. Read it back in 2015, then I listened to the audiobook this year. I have also bought the new edition of the book since I did not have the book in my book collection. Although I feel it would not have stopped me from buying the new edition. This is a book worth buying several times.This is a book that give me so many feelings. I love it so much!😍

The book is about sixteen-seventeen-year-old Simon Spier who has a big secret. He is gay and have not told anyone, except Blue; the boy he e-mails with. Blue is another boy who goes to the same school as him (they both have the same secret) and Simon does not know who he is. One day, Martin, the clown of the class, reads Simon's mail account by mistake. Simon is blackmailed to help Martin get a date with Abby, one of Simon's best friends.


With humor, emotions and charming personality, Simon is a character I feel deeply for. He is so sweet, funny and adorable. He is not a flawless character, but I felt it was what made him so human and likeable. I liked how he was not afraid of coming out, but instead he felt everyone (and specially is family) would make it a big deal. For him it was only part of who he was. I like the family's way of responding to it and especially his friends. My favorite was when he told Nick. I laughed so hard of that scene in the book. Nick is a really funny and sweet friend. 


"Did you just tell us you're gay?" Asks Nick
"Yes."
"Okay," he says. Abby swats him. "What?"
"That's all you're going to say? Okay?"
"He said not to make a big deal out of it," Nick says. "What am I supposed to say?"
"Say something supportive. I don't know. Or awkwardly hold his hand like I did. Anything"
Nick and I look at each other.
"I'm not holding your hand," I tell him, smiling a little.
"All right"--he nods--"but know that I would.”
  


My favorite characters, apart from Simon, were without doubt Simon's supporters. I really enjoyed his  parents and his sisters - Nora and Alice, Blue - his future boyfriend, his friends Nick, Leah and Abby. I felt Leah, Nick and Abby helped make this book very humorous and typical teenager dramatically at times. Nick and Abby obviously have feelings for each other, while Leah also has feelings for Nick. So it's in a way a slightly "little" love triangle between them. With poor Simon trying to be bestfriend with all of them. I enjoyed his friendship with all of them, but specially Nick. I like a good heterosexual - gay  friendship, which does not change even thought one of them is gay. 

“What's a dementor?"
I mean, I can't even. "Nora, you are no longer my sister."
"So it's some Harry Potter thing," she says.”
  

I could not help smiling over all the times Simon mentioned Harry Potter❤ Specially the scene between Nora and him was priceless and so funny. It felt like a conversation between me and my older sister. Ha ha she would have said exactly the same as Nora.

I love the sweet ending between Simon and Blue.  I can't wait to read it again when I get the new edition in the mail box. I don't re-read books often, but I feel this book I can read a hundred times without getting bored of it. 

“It's you, " I say.
"I know I'm late," he says.”
  


I'm so happy for the movie and love the title "Love, Simon". The trailer looks amazing, looking forward to seeing it and sharing my opinions about it eventually. I really hope that the movie is coming to the cinema in Norway too. 





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