REVIEW: simon vs. the homo sapiens agenda; becky albertalli

review - simonvs9.5/10 ✩

genre: young adult, contemporary, LGBTQ, romance

series? no, standalone

published: on april 7, 2015 by balzer + bray

pages: 320

i read the: us hardcover

began: april 14, 2015 // finished: april 15, 2015

where can i buy this? here via the book depository!

goodreads: right here.

first sentence: “It’s a weirdly subtle conversation. I almost don’t notice I’m being blackmailed”


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simon vs the homo sapiens agenda is a book everyone needs to read – and i mean everyone.

this is a book i know will stay with me forever (or at least for a long long time). if you don’t already know, this is a “gay” book. even if you feel uncomfortable or somewhat opposed to people of LGBTQ, i still believe you should read simon vs.

i’ve read other novels that are LGBTQ, but i’ve never read one that was as wholeheartedly and honest as simon vs. everything was so relatable. in other novels, it was clear and obvious the characters that were LGBTQ were sorta different: in the way they act, speak, dress, etc. etc. however in simon vs., that was most certainly not the case. after reading this novel, i’ve realized that people who are LGBTQ are just like everyone else. there really isn’t a difference between gays and straights, except the preference in gender; in the end, that’s all there is.

reading things from simon’s perspective, we could also see how the LGBTQ community is generally treated. it was beautiful to see people who were incredibly supportive, but also people who were just downright awful. i loved every bit of that. it was completely genuine and true. we saw everything: the good, the bad, and the ugly.

my favorite aspect of the novel was how casual simon and his friends spoke of being gay. they would often joke about it – but not in anyway i found insulting or condescending. people often make this a huge deal, which i suppose it is a big deal, but sometime it shouldn’t have to be a big deal. if you think about it, being gay/straight/etc is only a big deal because people make it a big deal. why should it really matter? it’s just a small part of who we/you are. i find it similar to a person’s race. for example, it’s not like you’re going to see someone and instantly judge them because of their race (if you do, then go away). the same should be said about a persons’ sexual orientation.

moving on from the deep and somewhat controversial stuff, let’s talk about the writing and plot.

simon was an extremely sarcastic and funny character, so i couldn’t help but smile and grin the entire time. no, seriously, i couldn’t read this book in public because i would (literally) laugh out loud and smile to myself. people were definitely giving me strange looks, but i have no regrets because i looooooove it so much! (eventually i resorted to happily reading in my room.)

the main reason why i enjoyed this book so much was because IT WAS SO CUTE. the interactions between simon and blue made me want to squeal; i couldn’t help but root for them until the very end. the relationships between everyone were truly genuine and lovely and just.. *content sigh*. his family and friends were great and everything was <3.

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simon vs. the homo sapiens agenda was like a diary. because the writing seemed like this, there were parts i really enjoyed, but also parts i didn’t like. i loved how we could hear and see simon’s internal dialogue. i mean, he’s hilarious and very relatable. i got to connect with simon much more because i knew what he was thinking. but, there were parts in the beginning i was left confused. since simon already knows these characters, there’s no introduction. we meet everyone and it’s like an information dump and you’re kind of left stranded like, “what’s going on?” also, there are less descriptions. i don’t describe people in my head, so it makes sense for the writing to be this way. but, i found it hard to visualize characters, places, etc.

it was a quick read, which has it’s good and it’s bad. it’s a wonderful book to read in between huge series because it’s quite tiny, but because of that you’re left wanting more. the book concluded wonderfully, but since it’s so short i feel like i need just *holds fingers .00001 cm apart* that much more.

overall, i loved this book. it was honest; it was hilarious; it was adorable; it was so much more. becky albertalli created a true masterpiece from beginning to end. with a easygoing prose, the story was filled with love, finding yourself, and truth for the LGBTQ community. i’ve come to realize that many people are simply ignorant to the way LGBTQ people are it may not be their intention to be condescending or offensive; they’re simply oblivious to it all. i would recommend this book to… um, everyone. *whispers* go read it.

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**on a side note: i saw this beautiful artwork by risa rodil and i had to share it with you. it was one of my favorite quotes from the novel! she made it for spark notes’s review on the novel. you can find her original post by clicking the image.

– alexandra

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REVIEW: maybe someday; colleen hoover

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8.6/10 ✩

genre: new adult, contemporary, romance

series or standalone? standalone

published: on march 18th, 2014 by simon & schuster (or atria books in other editions)

pages: 384

i read the: ebook

began: february 14, 2015 // finished: february 14, 2015

where can i buy this? here via the book depository!

goodreads summary: right here.

favorite quote:

“words can sometimes have a far greater effect on a heart than a kiss.”

– ridge, page 273

first sentence: “i just punched a girl in the face.”


maybe someday is.. something i didn’t expect. and i’ve waited a week to review it, but somehow, i still can’t compose my thoughts. i flew through the book in less than twenty-four hours, but it’s still not as satisfying as i’d hoped. (even though it was still really good.) i was hesitant to read it because the summary said it was about a girl who found her boyfriend cheating on her best friend. i’m not a huge fan of crying, heartbroken girls, so this book was something i wouldn’t usually read. but after all the raving on colleen hoover, i decided to give it a try. (also the ebook was on sale, why not?)

the synopsis is mostly about her “wonderful life,” then things come crashing down when she finds her boyfriend cheating on her best friend/roommate. it also mentions a guy named ridge, who she’s kinda getting into? um.. okay. i promise, that is the first ten pages. everything after that is a bit mind blowing and not what i expected. i would tell you, because it feels like you should know, but it’s considered a “spoiler;” i wouldn’t want to risk it. this book talks about a few serious(ish?) topics, and does include a love triangle (but not with who you expect). music is a huge part of the story and i love how it connects the characters and brings out all the emotions. the story and writing will leave you saying, “just one more chapter,” until you’re finished with the book – which is exactly what happened to me. 

colleen hoover’s writing style is kind of amazing, but it also reminds me of fan fiction. there will be moments when i’m reading and it feels like i’m reading a really good fan fiction, not a novel. i’m not sure if that’s a good thing, but that’s just the vibes it gives. the way she writes makes you feel as if you’re actually inside the character’s head. you follow their thought process and everything. she’s also hilarious. there were multiple times when i literally laughed out loud because it was so funny. you care for every single character (which is extremely rare) and learn to accept and embrace their so-called flaws. the relationships between the people and her quotes! ahh, all of it is just so good. this is the first colleen hoover book i read, and i do intend on reading the rest of her novels.

i feel like i would’ve given it a higher rating if it wasn’t over-hyped. i mean, yes, it is good, but it’s not that good. it was also my first new adult book, so i couldn’t relate to the characters as much since they’re experiencing things i wouldn’t yet understand (i’m still a teeeeeeen). nonetheless, this book was enjoyable. you should definitely read it if you like cute and adorable contemporaries.

xoxo,

alexandra

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