“Sometimes it seems like everyone knows who I am except me.”
I. Am. Speechless. Well, not literally. Of course, I have words upon words to say about this book, but I want to (need to) keep this book review slightly shorter. Mostly because one of my last book reviews (Another Country – James Baldwin. Check it out here: ) was almost a thousand words long.
“People really are like house with vast rooms and tiny windows. And maybe it’s a good thing, the way we never stop surprising each other.”
I need to keep this review plain and simple, but it’s like my mind and heart are on different wavelengths, constantly missing one another by millimetres. Because Simon vs The Homo Sapiens Agenda was undoubtedly one of my favourite books that I’ve ever read, and certainly the best novel within its category: Young Adult. Again, I finished this book in under two hours, and I have no shame in admitting that. You wouldn’t put it down for a second either if – when – you start it.
“The way I feel about him is like a heartbeat – soft and persistent, underlying everything.”
Simon Spier is sixteen-year-old and in love with a boy whose real name he doesn’t even know. But this isn’t just a love story. This is a story of finding and denying oneself, loving and fighting with best friends, and the pure, uncomfortable and heart breaking journey of changing in front of the people you love – the journey every teenager and young adult is forced to take many times over.
“I’m too busy trying not to be in love with someone who isn’t real.”
All I can really say of any value to Becky Albertalli is, thank you! I am so in love with Simon, his parents, Alice, Leah, Nick, Abby and Blue. You reminded me, with every word, phrase and chapter, what it is like to be in high school, positive your life is ending and so desperately in love with someone who seems far out of your league. It is a story so pure and innocent, funny and incredibly heart breaking.
Simon Spier, I am eternally indebted to you for changing my life with your witty words and soft, loving, non-romantic heart. You deserve the world!
End note: READ, READ, READ!
Is it clear that I want you to read it?