Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli is a book that appeals to young adults of many different sexualities. This novel is not only relatable to the LGBTQ+ youth, but it also helps those not in the community understand their perspective.
Simon, a junior at Creekwood High, is gay. Nobody knows except Blue, the anonymous boy he has been emailing. Well, Blue and Martin Addison. Martin found the emails that Simon has been sending from the identity of “Jacques” in reference to “Jacques a dit,” which means Simon Says in French, and screenshotted them. He blackmailed Simon into helping him get the attention of one of Simon’s close friends, Abby. Throughout the novel, Simon works to keep his secret under wraps yet also maintain a normal life.
This book is inspiring to LGBTQ+ youth because of Simon’s journey with self love and acceptance of his sexuality. Simon isn’t written as an adult’s idea of a stereotypical teenager, but instead he acts how we actually do: listening to music that wouldn’t fall under the “Bubblegum Pop” category, drinking a little too much because of a lack of experience, and undergoing a never ending journey of self discovery.
Being a part of the LGBTQ+ community, this novel has inspired me in many ways. It actually has inspired me to write a novel of my own. My coming out story, but through a stained glass. I want to be able to make people feel the kind of emotions and drive that this novel made me feel. This novel made me feel like I needed to get up and do something. It made me feel like I need to find the kid struggling with his/her sexuality and point them in the right direction. It gave me the urge to open up my journal and write a poem or make some music.
If you have a friend or a relative who is gay and struggling with their sexuality, I recommend this novel to help you understand their perspective. Something very commonly associated with homosexuality is pride but most people don’t understand the long and hard journey it takes to get to that point of pridefulness. Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda helps open the eyes and mind of someone who has never personally taken this journey themselves. It also helps grasp the understanding that being with someone of the same sex isn’t much different than being with someone of the opposite.
No matter what you are: gay, straight, bi, pan, male, female, etc, this novel will inspire you like no other. Don’t miss the opportunity to see things from Simon’s point of view.