Overall Rating: 5 Stars
Title: Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda
Author: Becky Albertalli
Format: Audiobook purchased from Audible
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.
I had the opportunity to screen this movie before it officially came out… and I am so grateful that I did!
First… the book…
Simon vs The Homo Sapiens Agenda was so freaking sweet and adorable and entertaining. It was an absolute pleasure to read.
I’m not into mysteries, so I’m terrible at guessing these types of things (not saying that this book is a mystery by any stretch), but I fell for every hint that the book dropped when it came to guessing Blue’s identity.
Every turn that the book directed me to, I followed. I was sure it was every character that Simon thought it was, and when Blue finally revealed himself, I was so shocked and excited… just like Simon.
As is the case with my favorite YA novels, the supporting characters were fantastic. I loved Simon’s friends and, of course, Simon himself. Like, seriously, I wish Simon was my best friend. Actually, I wish I was friends with Simon and all of his friends.
As for the movie, if you’re looking at the movie independently from the book, it was so freaking good. Even if you loved the book and watched the movie, it is still a wonderful movie, however, there were a ton of minor an a few major changes between the book and the movie.
To avoid spoilers, I won’t get into exactly what the changes were, but there were certainly some significant ones.
In all honesty, I think I understood most of the changes. I’m not sure how the book would’ve translated into a movie if it were done word for word.
First of all… Nick Robinson was the absolute perfect Simon. Unassuming, sweet, charming. I loved him.
Secondly… BLUE WAS ABSOLUTELY PERFECT I CAN’T BREATHE!
I love how they handled Blue… how the director was able to confuse the audience through his media the same way the author of the book was able to confuse readers. It was a great translation.
The movie, much like the book, left me so swoony by the end of it I was a puddle in my seat.
Everyone in the theatre loved the movie. And I mean everyone. When Blue and Simon finally meet – everyone cheered and clapped.
I went and saw the movie with my Gay Husband/Best Friend Joe and we literally squealed and hugged each other and swooned together. Both of us left that theatre feeling absolutely weightless.
I can’t recommend both the book and the movie enough.
Audiobook Performance: 5 stars
Talk about THE perfect voice for Simon! Michael Crouch’s performance was immaculate and his voice was so soothing and sweet. I fell a little bit in love with him. I absolutely think if you’ve read this book, you should check out the audio.
Butterfly Rating: 4 Stars
4 sweet, sweet butterflies for Simon and Blue!
Re-read Worthiness: Yes
Definitely re-read worthy! I imagine after I see the movie, I’ll want to re-read!
Bookshelf Placement: Yes
NEED THIS ONE!
Book Boyfriend Rating: 5 stars
I want Simon AND Blue as my gay book boyfriends!
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