I realize that this book has been out for a very long time, heck so long in fact that the movie has been made and out on DVD for an extended period of time, but the holidays finally give me time to indulge in some pleasure reading and I thought why not share my thoughts. I loved Love, Simon and have seen it a few times at this point, though Oreos have never been involved in any of these watches so I totally need to plan a rewatch with them in mind. I know for a fact that I picked up Simon vs. The Homo Sapiens Agenda multiple times at the only bookstore in my town, but I never wound up buying it. Unless a book has a sticker on it noting it has a new clearance price or comes from a place with Half in the title it normally takes some intense persuading to get me to buy the book for myself. Conveniently my girlfriend had a copy of the book she was willing to loan me and I need you all to know that I was so invested I read it in an afternoon, yes it was that good.
I am sure your next thoughts are yes, of course the book is good it got made into a movie, duh. Yes I know, that often means a book is good, but sometimes adaptations just don’t work or the source material is too scarce to make something truly great. In this case, I actually found myself loving the source material more than the movie. Still love Love, Simon, but within Simon vs. The Homo Sapiens Agenda there is so much more going on. Yes, I do want to note the short bit about women being lesbians or bisexuals being easier than being a gay male wasn’t my favorite, but I am accepting it as something a young guy who is struggling with his own ability to come out would think. While the movie and the book both show Simon winding up in a, spoilers!, relationship with Blue at the end the book just does so much more to flesh it out.
We actually get to see Simon and Blue, yes I am keeping a bit of mystery just in case you haven’t seen the book or movie and decided to check out this article, together and doing couple things. The movie does show them having a morning routine together, but in the original version there is kissing and cuteness. The two boys turn into giant mush balls for each other and it made me want to aggressively squeeze them until they popped. I had to instead cope by clutching my tea cup in a vice grip. I also enjoyed the added dynamic of Simon having two sisters, one of whom does some very sweet plotting for her brother on the first weekend he has a boyfriend. The book also doesn’t give you the same build up as the movie, instead you are dropped into the blackmail situation and Martin really doesn’t stand a chance. I did appreciate that depth was given to Martin, but I also liked that Simon really hadn’t decided how he was going to handle him in the future. Simon vs. The Homo Sapiens Agenda was such a great read and even if you don’t typically read YA novels I really think it would just be enjoyable for all readers, especially if you like a bit of secret romance.
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