Alright, I know I’m late, but I made it! I finally read Simon, aka the book that inspired Love, Simon, aka a huge deal. I read a bit about this when the movie was released, and saw that prominent figures (especially in the LGBTQ+ community) were buying out whole theatres so people could watch it. So I finally got my life together enough to read the book, and wow.
Simon vs the Homosapiens Agenda is a young adult book about Simon, a high school junior. Simon related to someone’s tumblr post, and the two of them connected. Both are gay, anonymous, go to the same high school, and neither are out. When someone logs on to a school computer and sees Simon’s emails to Blue (through the alias Jacques), he blackmails him.
If Simon doesn’t help Martin get together with Alice, Martin is going to publish the screenshot he took of Simon’s emails. It’s a cruddy move, to say the least, but Simon isn’t ready to be out, especially not on someone else’s terms, so he does his best.
This book does an incredible job of showing off high school, bullying, and sexuality. It’s beautifully written, amazingly relatable, and one hundred percent worth the read. If you’re near a library, you should be checking this out. If you’re more here for the long haul, you can check it out on Amazon, Barnes and Noble, or Target. There is a sequel/companion novel, Leah on the Off Beat, that I will definitely be picking up. Albertalli really knows how to write.
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