Simon vs. The Homosapiens Agenda by Becky Albertelli (2016)

Rating: 5 Stars

This is one of those unicorn books that I give five stars to. Having read it twice now (the second time entirely in one sitting), it still leaves me with intense and beautiful feelings.

It is so refreshing to read a book about a teenager who doesn’t have an angst ridden relationship with their family. We see many coming out stories where the fear of coming out stems from the parents and concerns about being disowned. But the process of coming out doesn’t always play out this way. Simon shows us, that even when we have great supportive family, that the process is still terrifying in and of itself, and it takes a lot more than supportive parents to come to terms with something so big.

The email chain between “Blue” and Simon was the perfect window in this beautifully developed relationship. It takes an exceptional writer to develop a powerful love story without the characters inhabiting the same physical space. The story was believable and kept me guessing who “Blue” was to the end.

The book also deals with the importance of being able to make the decision of who to come out to and when very effectively. It’s sometimes hard for people to understand the comfort level involved in making these decisions and how its not as simple as telling your best friends first, or telling people at all despite knowing how accepting they will be. Sometimes it’s just about being able to face your own understanding of yourself. Albertelli brilliantly captures this.

Recommendation: A must read book. There is some swearing, so it’s best for mature grade 7 and up.

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