Tuesday, June 13, 2017
Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda
Book talk: Simon has a major crush, the only problem is he doesn't know who he's crushing on. After a pseudonymous post about not being openly gay in his high school, he met Blue. Blue and Simon have been messaging ever since, and Simon can't get enough of him. When another student discovers their e-mail conversations, everything is put in jeopardy. Simon is blackmailed with the threat of having not only his secrets revealed, but Blue's as well. How will he keep their secrets safe while staying true to himself? How far will the blackmail go? And most importantly, who is Blue?
Rave: I was a goner the moment I read the exchange ending in "I think you're cute and grammatical, too." I didn't know I could be so invested in a fictional relationship with a mystery crush. All the characters are fleshed out from the kid blackmailing Simon to his embarrassing but loving parents. The play brought me back to my own high school theatre days and the ending was simply perfect.
Every book its reader: I can't recommend this book enough. I've given it as a present and shoved my library's copies into plenty of hands. Great for those looking for a high school romance 8th grade and up.
Topics and Trends: LGBTQ, romance, school stories, high school theatre, secret admirers
I'm not surprised this book has inspired a lot of people to make fan art & tributes, including this trailer:
The publishers made these two quote images to promote the book:
“He talked about the ocean between people. And how the whole point of everything is to find a shore worth swimming to.”
“Really, though, there are only two kinds of weather: hoodie weather and weather where you wear a hoodie anyway.”