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Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli

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Synopsis

Sixteen-year-old and not-so-openly gay Simon Spier prefers to save his drama for the school musical. But when an email falls into the wrong hands, his secret is at risk of being thrust into the spotlight. Now Simon is actually being blackmailed: if he doesn’t play wingman for class clown Martin, his sexual identity will become everyone’s business. Worse, the privacy of Blue, the pen name of the boy he’s been emailing, will be compromised.

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.

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Review

I had to go to a waiting room so I just picked this one up to take with me… and I could not put it down.

Simon, who has a pretty normal life, and normal friends has yet to tell the world that he’s gay. He has, however, told one person. Blue. Now, of course, that is not his real name. They met online from a post that Blue had posted and Simon commented on. The emailing had began, and is now taking over every thought Simon has.

When Simon forgets to log off the school’s computer one day, the next person to log in sees all the emails and decides to blackmail Simon with them. yep, you guessed it, all hell breaks loose… but not in the way you’re thinking.

A must read for anyone who loves a happy ending… err, no pun intended okay? Simon’s inner thoughts are an absolute gem you need in your life, and really, regardless of how who you love (or don’t) there is a little piece of Simon in all of us (err, that sounds weird too but you know what i mean okay?!) High School is hard at the best of times, but when your person is being threatened and no one knows about the truth it’s a whole lot worse. Humans have a lot to learn still.

~Alex (5/5)

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