Staff Review: "Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda"
Simon is just a typical, well-adjusted teenager. He does well in school, has a stable and supportive family and has a great group of friends. There's just one thing the people in Simon's life don't know about him: he's gay.
After another young man at Simon's school comes out of the closet on a social media site, he and Simon begin emailing back and forth but both keep their identity hidden from one another. Over the course of several months, Simon and his pen pal (known as Blue) bond over being the only gay students (that they know of) at their Atlanta-area high school, but their friendship evolves into mutually amorous feelings. After another student "outs" Simon to the rest of the school, he's forced to come out to his friends and family. Blue also deduces Simon's true identity, but still chooses to remain anonymous himself, which upsets Simon and drives a wedge between the two.
This book was a great read for several reasons. For one, I loved the cute, back-and-forth email romance that Simon and Blue develop over time, which I found to be original and really showcased how perfect they would be as a couple. I also thought Simon's family members and friends were all well-written, thought-out characters that helped draw me in and make the story seem realistic. Overall, this book was a fun, quick, quirky romance with a lot of personality!