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Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda (Creekwood #1), Becky Albertalli

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

Awe. What a cute read. Loved it. So sweet. Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda follows the story of teenager Simon, who is coming to terms with his sexuality and how that fits in with his family, his friends and his school. Along the way Simon faces challenges of love, betrayal, heartache and loss of confidence as he fights his way through the ups and downs of growing up.

“He talked about the ocean between people. And how the whole point of everything is to find a shore worth swimming to.” 

I think what really sets this book apart is that Simon is such a relatable, easy to love character. He stays true to himself and goes after what he wants. He loving, caring, a great friend and a good amount of naive. You just feel for him on his journey. Sometimes you read books where you really can’t stand the main character… where you’re frustrated and yelling at them inside your head. This was not one of those books and in the end I think that made what could have been a cliche YA book enjoyable and endearing.

“My dad invented the concept of Simon logic, and I can’t seem to outgrow it. It means wishful thinking supported by flimsy evidence.” 

We have the added bonus of one of the most adorable romances I’ve ever read with cute messages back and fourth, cheesy flirting and two boys giving each other the courage to not hide away parts of who they are.

“I mean, I feel secure in my masculinity, too. Being secure in you masculinity isn’t the same as being straight.”

Side note: I read this after seeing the movie and still found it very enjoyable. Would recommend even if you already know who blue is. The movie is also pretty true to the story so all around thumbs up!

“The way I feel about him is like a heartbeat — soft and persistent, underlying everything.” 

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