I hope y’all are doing great. Spring is here, rain is coming back and I’ve recently discovered I may or may not be allergic to pollen (spring is awesome, ain’t it?).
Apart from my probable pollen allergy, I’ve been on a break from uni and that has allowed me to finish one of the books that I’ve looked forward the most this year.
I must admit, I saw this book (A LOT) in a bunch of bookstagram pictures and the title was funny to me but I didn’t really give it a chance until recently, actually, until I read that one the critics described it as the lovechild of John Green and Rainbow Rowell, now, in a future post, you’ll be able to read why Fangirl is my favorite book of all time and why this meant I had to read it as soon possible.
Stick around to read my opinion. Also, from now on, I’ll be adding a grade to each book so that my opinion is accountable.
Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli
When I first began this book I thought that I had accidentally skipped some pages, since its beginning is not entirely organized and I must admit this was kind of off-putting, some of the facts of the story are mentioned later on and you have to kind of LEGO your way around it in order to form the story and while this is creative, it can also be considered as confusing but this is just a small detail.
I found that the story was warm. Simon is relatable and human, he is a common teenager, going through the same stuff we’ve all been through and while the story is all about his secret, this characteristic about him could have been exploited as the only interesting thing about him, as I’ve read other authors do with their characters before, instead, Albertalli takes an approach, where this HUGE part of him is not what defines him; she makes him a guy who loves his iPod, his friends, his dog and his family. someone who’s not only this person battling what happens on the outside but also someone who from time to time, gets tired of fighting his own person, of introspection and who may shield himself from his own thoughts. This is something that I really appreciate in a character, the ability to appear raw and vulnerable makes it feel like Simon is a friend and also makes me think about myself or friends who may be struggling with stuff.
Apart from the secret, this book is about friendship and showing up for the people you love or care about even if it seems like they don’t need you. I think Albertalli makes a great point at explaining that sometimes just showing up may be enough to help someone out. All throughout the book, I kept wondering who Blue was and by the time of the revelation, I was completely lost as to who he was, if he was even real and to be honest, I was expecting for him not to be, for all to be some sort of play against Simon but I was really happy to stand corrected.
The finale had me screaming at my Kindle, not because I hadn’t liked it but because I wanted more, I urged to read more of Blue and Simon’s relationship and its development. I’m quite glad it had a happy ending because books like this shouldn’t have any other kind of endings. Definitely can’t wait to read the second book.
Overall grade: 90/100