Simon vs the Homo Sapiens Agenda

So Thursday, I read a book and I said that I loved it. Then Friday, I read a book, and I loved that one even more than the first. Here it is Saturday, and this one is still even better. I don’t think I can top this one, though. 

I’ve already read it twice and I want to read it a third time. This is not just a favorite of the week, it’s probably going to go as an all time favorite. I’ve only read two books in the last ten years that made me read them over and over like this one. They were both dark horror fantasy. So this one is an odd surprise for me.

Anyhoo, here it goes.

Here’s the School Library Journal Review.

Gr 8 Up—Simon Speir, high school junior, walks away from his computer at school for just a moment, and that is when his biggest secret is discovered. He has been emailing a boy in his grade anonymously ever since a poetic waxing on his high school’s gossip Tumblr caught his eye, and now Martin Addison has taken a screenshot and has a powerful way to blackmail Simon into getting his friend, Abby, to date him. Although it is filled with trendy pop-culture and digital-age references (Tumblr, Justin Beiber, The Bachelor, etc.) that may not stand the test of time, the message will resonate. Rife with realistic, high school relationships and drama, with a laugh or two at every turn, this is a coming-of-age, coming-out, and defying-the-odds story with which many teens will identify. With a very tidy, feel-good ending, the book will appeal to readers who enjoyed Tim Federle’s Better Nate Than Ever (2013) and Five, Six, Seve, Nate! (2014, both S. & S.) and will find a familiar, slightly more mature home with Simon.—Brittany Staszak, St. Charles Public Library, I. He has been emailing a boy in his grade anonymously ever since a poetic waxing on his high school’s gossip Tumblr caught his eye, and now Martin Addison has taken a screenshot and has a powerful way to blackmail Simon into getting his friend, Abby, to date him. Although it is filled with trendy pop-culture and digital-age references (Tumblr, Justin Beiber, The Bachelor, etc.) that may not stand the test of time, the message will resonate. Rife with realistic, high school relationships and drama, with a laugh or two at every turn, this is a coming-of-age, coming-out, and defying-the-odds story with which many teens will identify. With a very tidy, feel-good ending, the book will appeal to readers who enjoyed Tim Federle’s Better Nate Than Ever (2013) and Five, Six, Seve, Nate! (2014, both S. & S.) and will find a familiar, slightly more mature home with Simon.—Brittany Staszak, St. Charles Public Library, 

This is Becky Abertalli’s website. She’s the author and this was her first book. I’m very jelly over this. I wish I could write a first book have as fun to read.

Here’s a link so you can buy it on Amazon. I notice all of these are on “Epic Reads”, which is a monthly subscription service for bay to YA books. I was a member a while back and stopped paying for the service. I think it’s time to start up again. The library is great and free, but I have tons of stuff on hold and I’m far back in line to get the books.

Here’s my GoodReads Review.

 

This is one of those books that I meant to read just a few chapters before bed, but I read the whole book in one sitting. The whole time I read it, I was as excited as the main character, trying to find out who his secret email boyfriend was. When I finished it, I started over again to see what it was like to read it, knowing how it ended. 

Oh dear, I loved this book. I loved the characters so much. It was such a sweet story. I want to go read it again, for a third time in 24 hours. It’s that good.

 This story is so seriously sweet. I loved all of the characters. All warm and fuzzy about it. 

 

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