Why You Need To Read 'Simon Vs The Homosapien Agenda'

Tuesday, 29 May 2018


(all reviews are spoiler free :)
I DON'T KNOW WHY IT TOOK ME SO LONG TO READ THIS BOOK

Okay, but HELP because this book is so insanely adorable and really important. For sooo long everybody has been rambling on to me about how amazing this book as, and me being me, I shrugged it off with a 'pffft.' And yeah, now I have A LOT of regrets (sorry Becky Albertalli). But whyyyyy has this book been so recommended and whyyyyy has it been so raved about, well, I thought I'd be generous and make you all a little list...




(oh, and yes I bought the film cover - sorry to confuse ya!)
(oh, and I was in Florence when I finished the book, so all these pics are taken from our balcony - have no fear a post on Florence is coming soon!!)

  1. First of all Simon is just a lil' cinnamon roll. He's just so relateable and he doesn't spend the whole time complaining or weighing the book down with 'heaviness.' He hugs his friends and makes stupid jokes and is just easy to get along with for characters and readers. Don't get me wrong he's angsty and overthinks literally everything - but somehow it doesn't feel super intense as a reader?! It just feels refreshing and so, so relateable. He was just cute and easy to understand - which are (duh) VERY good things.
  2. All the other characters are soooo nice and are definitely the kind of people I'd want to be sat next to in a school seating plan ya know? They are all flawed and realistic but sooo likeable. And for me, those are the best kinds of characters.
  3. Foooood. So this book spent approximately 77.777% of its pages talking about food. And good food at that. Oreo's especially. And we all love Oreo's.
  4. This book is so important for people EVERYWHERE, whether they're part of the LGBT+ or not, and I'm thinking the reasons why are pretty self-explanatory.
  5. In terms of romance this book is VERY sweet. For me, it isn't the super-duper-heart-wrenching romance everyone claimed it to be, like everything else in the book it's just cute. So, in case you didn't already know, the book mostly follows an anonymous internet friendship between Simon and 'Blue' who we know goes to Simon's school, but they don't actually know who one another is in real life. But this being a contemporary you can kinda guess that the relationship turns into something mooooooore (naw).
  6. The mystery of who Blue was should be featured in an episode of Sherlock because even Benedict Cumberbatch couldn't have figured it out. Just saying.
  7. Oh oh, and there are so many incredible friendships in this book. I love books that aren't all about the romance, but find the friendships just as important. Within the first few pages the reader is introduced to Simon's tight-knit squad of Nick, Leah and newbie Abby. They're all so different and (like I said before), flawed but - in their own way - kinda wonderful.
  8. I reallyyyyy like Abby. She's just so bubbly and fun and fresh and everything this book was about.
  9. Nick is a babe.


So yeah...lots of reasons to read this book. But, as with pretty much every book I read, I also had some not-so positive thoughts.............
  1. I'm not really a fan of Leah. She comes across rude and selfish and chooses to place herself before her friends allll the time. Don't get me wrong, she's realistic, sure. But she just seems to be needy, jealous and yup - veryyy rude. She often manipulates Simon so he's the one apologising and begging for their friendship to return 'back to normal.
  2. There is a certain point to the book that I find a little narrow-minded and doesn't promote the right kind of message. Blue mentions 'people who are straight and white never having to have identity issues.' And I disagree. This book is SOOO epic in its thoughts otherwise, and maybe it was just Blue feeling angry or sad. But everyone has issues. Loads of people wonder who they are and question where they're going. Any skin colour, gender or sexual orientation. Any walks of life. And it's okay to do that. I love you Blue, but it isn't the best thing to say bud.
  3. Also, I found the writing to be a bit abrupt, you never really get time to feel comfortable in a scene because you're only there for one or two pages before lurching into another place with new people. Don't get me wrong, I really like this book and for a debut it's beautiful, but the writing style isn't 100% my personal favourite.

Yeah so this book is freakinggg adorable (HAHAHA (if you've read the book you'll get it!)) and for those last few chapters I basically just end up grinning to myself like a drunk Cheshire Cat the whole time. This book straight-up broke the cute'o'meter, ok. It BROKE it.
Part mystery, part discovering your identity, part friendship, part romance and just a real coming of age story. This book is an Oreo. Not the most incredible thing in the universe, but everyone's favourite snack for a cosy evening in.

Any thoughts on Simon Vs The Homosapien Agenda' or even the film Love, Simon (I've done a cheeky review :)


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Oh, and here's a few more bookish reviews of mine you might want to check out...

Wearing...
Top - H&M
Skirt - New Look

Lots of love,
Grace
xox

29 comments:

  1. Ahh I love your review and photoshoot for this! THIS BOOK IS TOO CUTE FOR WORDS AJFDKSALD I LOVE IT. Although I totally agree with what you said about Blue saying white/straight people don't have identity issues. I think that's probably narrow to say, but he's also a 16 year old boy so like.😂I guess I'm not surprised 16yo boys don't think from all perspectives?! Haha. But anyway I just reread this on myself actually and I'm about to read Leah's book!

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    1. YES THIS BOOK IS JUST TOO CUTE!! Oooh Leah's book is on my (very long) TBR list but hopefully it's as good as it sounds and gives us all a little bit of a better picture of her!
      Thank you so much for the lovely comment :)

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  2. I didnt know there was a love simon book. Ill have to check it out! fun post!
    kelseybang.com

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    1. Thank you hun - definitely check it out :)

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  3. Cute post x love the photo shoot xox

    theascott.blogspot.com

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  4. i was in search of a good book to read, might just check this out! love how you're super honest and also added stuff you didn't quite like about the book. cute!
    xoxo, Nora simplymissnora.com

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    1. Thank you that means a lot Nora! :)

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  5. It sounds like a great book. I need to try it! Thanks for your nice review!

    XO

    Daria

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  6. Sounds like a fun book to read. Will keep this in mind. Thanks for sharing dear!


    Jessica | notjessfashion.com

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    1. Aw thank you so much for the lovely comment Jess x

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  7. I'm one of those...didn't read it but saw the movie people ha. I took my kids to see the movie and we all loved it!!

    Krisztina | http://www.krisztinaclifton.com/2018/06/kcl-beauty-edit.html

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    1. I've done both and the film is amazinggg! Thank you for the lovely comment :)

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  8. I read this ages ago and adored it, but haven't seen the movie yet! I definitely need to go and watch it because I've heard so much good stuff about it.

    Have a great week!
    Amy; Wandering Everywhere

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    1. Aw go watchhh it! It's quite different to the book, but still a lovely watch! Thank you for the lovely comment Amy :)

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  9. The book sounds adorable! I saw the film the other day and enjoyed it, this has motivated me to go get the book!

    Vivian | LIVE IN LOVE
    IG | @viviyunn_

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    1. Go read it! It's quite different from the film but still a great read :)

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  10. Always looking for good summer reading suggestions! Thanks for sharing!

    -Emily | www.TheEmilyEdition.com

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  11. I loved this film it seriously exceeded my expectations, so the book must be even better because I feel like with adaptions that's always the case!

    Julia // The Sunday Mode

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    1. I couldn't agree more, thanks Julia :)

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  12. RIGHT WE ARE OFFICIALLY BEST FRIENDS!
    I LOVE LOVE LOVE THIS BOOK SO SO SO MUCH!
    AND THE MOVIE IS MY ABSOLUTE FAVE!
    I COULDN'T AGREE WITH YOU MORE!
    XXXX

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    1. AAAARGH THANK YOU SO MUCH I LOVE IT TOOOOOOO :)

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  13. YAY!
    THANK YOU FOR REPLYING SO QUICKLY
    WE CAN BE BEST SIMON OBSESSED FRIENDS!
    XXX

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  14. The photoshoot for this is so freaking adorable!
    I recently read the book and I agree with nearly everything you've said. Simon was adorable and Leah is definitely a toxic friend. I read this one immediately after The Upside of Unrequited (another book by the Author) and I'm a little scared to read Leah off The Beat because I quite intensely disliked her. At times I would justify her behaviour but when Simon had to apologize for not coming out to her first and what with her passive-aggressive behaviour - I was like nope. nope. nope.
    But one of my favourite reads of 2018 - even if it came out like forever ago :)

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    1. Thank yoooou and I totally agree! People have been telling me Leah's book shows a softer side to her and explains the reason behind all her toxicity in SVTHA so I'll have to pick it up soon and see if I agree! Thank you for the lovely comment :)

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