Friday, 22 December 2017

Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda (Book Review)

"Your real friends will not have a problem when you come out and if they do, well they weren't true friends in the first place. You can go and find some better ones"

This book as amazing, I read it in 2 days and just couldn't put it down. Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda written by Becky Albertalli is a real page-turner. Seriously, you will not want to put this down. (Find on Amazon here) Aimed at young adults, this is the story of a not-so-openly gay teen Simon, coming to terms with his identity. But parents and teachers should read it also. And it's not just for LGBT youth, everyone should read it to gain a little insight into the life of a young LGBT person. 

Within the first few chapters you are drawn into the World of a young gay person, Simon is figuring out his identity, secretly emailing another gay person (Blue) in school, dealing with how and when to come out along with all the other crap and challenges in high school thrown in for good measure.

Then, horror of horrors, Martin (a student in Simon's class) finds an email that Simon has sent to Blue and starts to blackmail him. Everything spirals out of control forcing Simon to come out to his family and friends on Christmas day.  It's an exciting story, intertwining the busy social media driven World of today's teens with the constant struggle for identity and self.  Simon suggests that everyone should have to come out and declare who they love, rather than a Gay Agenda it should be the Homo Sapiens Agenda.

Thankfully all of Simon's friends have no problem with his sexuality, which, as I say to anybody when they are thinking of coming out, "Your real friends will not have a problem when you come out and if they do, well they weren't true friends in the first place. You can go and find some better ones".  

But still, the magic moment when Simon first comes out you are on the edge of your seat (he comes out to a female friend just before the whole family) and you can't help letting out a huge sigh of relief (No, I didn't cry....ahem).  It in fact reminded me of when I came out to my 2 best friends, now that's a blog all on it's own I will write next week. It's just so exciting and from then on you keep turning the pages to find out, if or when Simon and Blue will meet.  Nope, I'm not telling, get the book yourself.

Next March the movie is getting released with the title Love, Simon (more info HERE) and previews so far look awesome...

Without a doubt this book gets ten out of 10 planets from me. Get it. Read it. Share it. If you can spare a copy leave it somewhere a young LGBT person can secretly pick it up.

Other LGBT books I have reviewed are

Boy Meets Boy by David Levithan HERE

Queens of Geek by Jen Wilde HERE

When Everything Feels Like the Movies by Raziel Reid HERE

Noah Can't Even by Simon James Green HERE

John The Captain Ryan  


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