Let's be real here, this week has been HEAVY. Social media has been exhausting to say the least. On top of that, I read a really heavy book last week. So, this week I wanted to read something lighter and more fun. Something to save me from the soul-crushing reality of the real world. Simon vs. The Homosapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli has been on my radar for quite sometime now. I know that it is one of the most beloved YA books of recent time and I've heard nothing but amazing things about it. And let me tell you, it was exactly what I needed this week.
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 Simon is actually being blackmailed: if he doesn’t play wingman for class clown Martin, his sexual identity will become everyone’s business. Worse, the privacy of Blue, the pen name of the boy he’s been emailing, will be compromised.
With some messy dynamics emerging in his once tight-knit group of friends, and his email correspondence with Blue growing more flirtatious every day, Simon’s junior year has suddenly gotten all kinds of complicated. 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.
If there is one word that I could use to describe this novel it would be wholesome. Everything about this book was heartwarming. It literally made me happy from start to finish. It's as much of a teen romance as it is a coming-of-age story, neither of which are topics that I tend to reach for normally, but this is a book I could read again and again. This is a book that I wish every teen would read. I mean, the quote of the book that sums it up most accurately for me is, "White shouldn't be the default any more than straight should be the default. There shouldn't even be a default." The characters in the book, all in high school, face issues such as stereotypes and homophobia in a genuine, raw way that transports you into their high school. Their struggles are your struggles, their wins are your wins, and you learn their lessons right along with them. I was invested in the characters of this novel in a way that I haven't been in quite some time, not just because I wanted to know what happened, but because I genuinely cared about them.
Read this book. Save it for when you are having a rough patch and life and need a pick me up. I promise you won't regret it.