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Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda: 11/05/18

Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda

Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli, probably better known now by it's film title, Love, Simon is the first of the Creekwood series. Simon is in high school and he's gay. Only a few friends know he's gay, and of, course, his penpal who signs his letters, Blue.

Blue it turns out also goes to the same high school. The crux of this story revolves around Simon being too damn clueless to figure out who Blue is. The set up is cute and then becomes cheesy and then goes back to cute — in the same way that Marinette and Adrien can't for the life of themselves figure out each other's superhero identity even though they go to the same school and save Paris regularly.

It also didn't help that the not-so-secret (unless you're Simon) boyfriend goes by Blue. Anyone else get the Blue Skidoo song from Blue's Clues stuck in their head while reading this book?

All my grousing aside, I did still enjoy it. It's a high school romcom and it has a happy ending. There need to be more books like this. Or I haven't read enough of them and I need to.

One last note, I have seen the film. I like it better than the book, even though it has a certain After School Special vibe to it.

The next book is Leah on the Offbeat

Four stars

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