Steven Capuzzi

Simon Vs The Homosapiens Agenda - Review

02 de Octubre del 2018

Today it’s become very common to meet people online. But do you imagine falling in love with someone just because of their personality, without actually meeting them? In addition to that lets suppose someone finds out your biggest secret and blackmails you with revealing it to the world if you don’t do what you’re told. This and much more is what Simon Spier, a junior high school kid who lives in Atlanta, Georgia, faces. Oh, and one last thing before we start, Simon is gay.

Ok, let's go back to the beginning. Simon has a pretty cool life, incredible friends and a family that is a little strange but adorable. However, like most gay teens, Simon is in the closet and has a hard time discussing it with his friends or family. Until one day he runs into an anonymous post on the Tumblr account of gossip and rumors from school, of a boy who struggles with his sexual identity. Simon writes him an email (also anonymous) and little by little their interaction becomes a friendship, and even something else. This mysterious boy calls himself Blue, but although Simon wants to meet him, Blue seems not to be ready. Now comes the complicated part, Simon leaves his email open on one of the school's computers and Marty, a somewhat annoying kid, begins to blackmail him so he helps him date Abby, one of Simon's best friends.

Simon vs The Homosapiens Agenda, written by Becky Albertally and published in 2015, is a simply great and very relatable book for any boy who finds himself in the same situation as Simon (being gay in the closet, not the blackmail thing). Although at the beginning it’s a bit slow, while you keep reading it later becomes impossible to drop the book. Simon's personality even reminded me of myself when I was younger, somewhat dramatic, with a thousand things in my head, and of course, a Harry Potter fan. The structure of the book is divided into a chapter of Simon in first person, and then a chapter that lets you see the emails between him and Blue, which makes it super interesting, although sometimes it becomes questionable the topics they discuss because they look very mature to be just 17 year old boys.

One of the topics I liked the most is why is being heterosexual the default? Why only gays come out? Maybe it's a time thing and that's how we evolved, but in this day-to-day I think that no one should be labeled until they decide what they want to be, and there shouldn’t be a "normal" or a "default". This is seen notably in the film version of the book whose name changed to "Love, Simon", and that despite having several changes from the book, is just as great.

Undoubtedly, a book with a great message and many teachings, recommended for everyone, you don’t have to be gay to enjoy it and to be filled with its magic.