My daughter's bestie has recommend Simon vs the Homo Sapiens Agenda a few times over the years and I happened to pick it up at a library book sale. Since my winter reading bingo card needed a book-to-movie entry, I decided that this might be a good fit (and I usually read the books before the movies, so finding one that I wanted to read proved difficult).
16 year old Simon is gay. He knows it, but he isn't quite ready to share with anyone else, except Blue, his online, anonymous penpal who also isn't out quite yet. When his classmate, Martin, discovers his emails accidentally left open, he offers Simon a deal--help him date one of Simon's female friends and he'll keep quiet about what he has seen. Simon sees no choice but to comply, but not all secrets are easily kept.
Simon vs the Homo Sapiens Agenda a cute read, somewhat amusing, and definitely a nice option for diverse YA books. But, in the end, it definitely is a YA book. It's not a bad thing, but the true YA vibe just doesn't always do it for me. After teaching teens and raising teens, I get the whole amazingness for that age group, but what I appreciate about the book is the role it serves for the high school reader. It's not something I would necessarily pick up again for myself.
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