Book Review

Book Review-Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda

Book: Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda (Creekwood #1) by Becky Albertalli

Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary, LGBT, Romance, Fiction

First Published: April 07, 2015

Remember back in 2018 when I said that I am going to read this book after The Upside of Unrequited? Well, it took me four years. And I only read this out of desperation.

Before I tell you the reason why I finally decided to read this, let’s review this book first. This is what this book is about:

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, 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. Goodreads

The Story

This is as cliche as stories can be. Despite that, I managed to finish reading this book in one sitting. Again, I was desperate (I will tell you more about that at the end of this review).

I think part of the reason why I managed to finish this in one night was that I was always waiting. Simon was an interesting person, at least for me, so I was really looking forward to what will happen to him next. Add the cute email exchange between him and this mysterious guy (codenamed Blue) and this book is almost perfect. Almost.

Of course, the twist is as expected as well as the consequences. What I wasn’t expecting was that my annoyance was directed towards one of Simon’s friends instead of his blackmailer. We will talk about that FRIEND in the next section.

Also, I was looking for more…drama? I really can’t explain it but I feel like there is something lacking in the whole story, I just can’t put my finger to what it actually is.

Another thing was that…Google spoiled me. I was looking for what Simon looks like in the movie version and Google…Oh God, Google, showed me an article about who Blue is. This happened around chapter freaking one.

Meaning, I was reading fast because I want to see those scenes where Blue and Simon would interact. Yes, I lost half of the fun. I am never trusting Google ever again.

Anyway, overall, I think the story flowed a bit slow with a couple of issues thrown 3/4 into the story. But not enough drama to actually make any significant change in the overall story.

The Characters

Sadly, I don’t have any favorite characters. Simon was ok, as I said, an interesting guy with an interesting family. He feels like a safe character. Someone who would love to avoid conflict, a bit boring if you think about it. Not much depth was shown and as well as in the character development part.

The other minor characters don’t have any significant character depths either.

Except for one.

Leah. Probably the most annoying character ever.

You know that person who makes every single thing about themselves? Or that person who claims to be your “friend” but doesn’t have the will to approach and talk to you in your time of need, but still manages to spin the tale around and makes you feel guilty that you didn’t talk to them first, so why would they talk to you? That person that hates anyone who is not similar to them, in looks and opinion? That person who expects you to be a mind reader since they don’t want to talk to you because, of course, you should know why they are mad!

That is freaking Leah. And I hate every scene that involves her.

At least she has some depth. God, Leah is such a hater-girl.

Sorry about that rant.

Moving on!

Final Thoughts

Overall, I gave this book a 3.5 out of 5 stars. This is cute and all, but I need more drama. If you’re looking for a book that is cute and easy to read, go ahead and give this a try.

Also, this is a random thought but what if Blue was catfishing Simon and he was an online predator? Ok, I am overthinking now.

Don’t expect such a deep story here. I told you, this is story is cliche AF.

What about you? What do you think of this book?

I think I am getting too old for YA books. I think I need to focus more on NA.

As for that, “I was desperate story”. I DNF three books last night. Three in a span of an hour! These are the books:

Would Like to Meet by Rachel Winters– This one I really tried my best to like, but it was boring. I was planning to finish this last night since it has been a couple of days since I started reading it. Then, I DNF it. Then moved on to these other books.

The Immortalist by Chloe Benjamin– That prologue didn’t capture my attention enough for me to actually continue reading the story. I didn’t care about any of the characters.

By the Book by Amanda Sellet– This one I managed to read up until chapter three but the MC was too annoying so, nah.

Then, out of desperation, I decided to read this Simon book. Thank you Becky Albertalli for not letting me dive into a reading slump.

That is it for now. Thank you so much for reading. I’ll talk to you again next week.

Have a good weekend!