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.
First Sentence: It’s a weirdly subtle conversation.
I received a copy of the book from the publisher in exchange for a honest review. All opinions are my own and I was not compensated for this review.
It hurts my heart to say this, but I am officially DNFing Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda. Yes, I am well aware that this definitely makes me the black sheep, especially after seeing pages and pages of four stars and five stars for Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda on goodreads and on blogs, but I sadly just couldn’t do it anymore. Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda wasn’t bad at all, but it just wasn’t the book for me.
After reading 180 pages, which is more than half the book and exactly twenty-one chapters, I just couldn’t do it anymore. I was hoping I’ll love Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda since everyone else absolutely LOVED it and wasn’t even worried that it was a contemporary book, which are mainly misses for me. I was that sure that I’ll love Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda. Simon also LOVES Oreos and I totally understand his Oreo love, so how could I have not enjoyed the book?
“I don’t know,” she says, smiling and shrugging. “You looked so sweet together tonight.”
“Me and Leah?” I ask. But I’m gay. GAY. Gaaaaaaaayyyyy. (ARC 52)
There was one main reason why: During those 180 pages I’ve read, I felt absolutely no connection to the book. Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda is mainly a character-driven book and character-driven books and I just don’t get along. I really enjoyed reading the first chapter, but from then on, I sadly didn’t care about the happenings in Simon’s life or his friends. Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda rarely dragged any emotions from me and when it did, it was just anger at the jerk who blackmailed Simon. i didn’t go all awww, what happened was so cute! and get overwhelmed with cuteness; I was just bored. After pages and pages of this, I finally decided to DNF Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda because I just couldn’t do it anymore.
A smart pet peeve I just have to mention: did anyone else get annoyed when Simon referred to Tumblr as “the Tumblr?” As far as I know, Tumblr is just Tumblr, not “the Tumblr.”
And then she sees me standing there listening and shoots me the stink-eye.
So here’s the thing: Simon means “the one who hears” and Spier means “the one who watches.” Which means I was basically destined to be nosy. (ARC 99-100)
I couldn’t help but skim the ending because I wanted to know who Blue was and I am happy to report that the ending was really cute. I’m sad that I couldn’t finish Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda without skipping right to the ending though. Who knows, maybe I’ll enjoy Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda more when I read it five years from now.
I’m also happy that Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda is really diverse in more ways than one. Not only does Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda feature characters who are homosexual (kind of really obvious from the summary of the book), but it also features characters with different cultures. It’s really a shame I couldn’t enjoy Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda more with the amount of diversity it offers.
Overall, I understand why other people liked or even LOVED Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda, but it sadly just wasn’t the book for me. Who knows, maybe you guys will like it!