Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda has long been one of my favourite YA novels for many, many reasons. The characters are wonderful, the story both funny and heartbreaking (when the moments call for them), and the writing excellent. So of course I was thrilled to jump back into Simon Spier's life and find out how things are going for him and his friends.
I Love Blue and Jaques
Simon and Bram's emails make me so happy to read! I love seeing how far they have come as a couple, but also how they are struggling to figure out how to adjust to long distance. As someone who continued dating my high school boyfriend into university (we're now married!), I love seeing other high school couples make the transition (even if this one is fictional). This is a couple that's always been just a few blocks away from each other and now they are cities apart. It was great getting this glimpse into how hard long distance relationships can really be (and how some couples are able to stay together anyways!).
Emails Are Fun and Funny
I love that Albertalli went back to the roots of Simon vs. and wrote this book through emails. The different chains of conversation are a lot of fun to follow (ah, I've missed reading about Taylor and her self-confidence) and I love how the characters all have side emails with each other. The romance and longing of Simon and Bram's emails, the hilarious "Simon tours NYC" emails to the group, and the sweet Leah and Abby emails all come together for a fun read.
A Fluffy Book
Honestly, this is - simply put - a simple book. While I love seeing these characters again, there isn't a ton of depth or change happening here. This is fully meant to be a short novella to let readers no where the characters are now and how their first year of college is going. That said, I would've loved a bit more time with Simon specifically. I've never found Leah and Abby particularly interesting as a couple and found myself trying to get through their emails as fast as possible. This is clearly personal preference, but more time with Simon & Bram (or the group as a whole) might've added a bit more depth to this short story.
Overall, this is a fun read for those who loved the other books in the "Simonverse", but not something I would recommend to new readers. Go back and grab Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda and give yourself the chance to really fall in love with these characters before you pick up with book. For those who do read it, let me know what you think about it!
FINAL RATING: 3/5
Hi, I'm Alexandra! I love reading (largely YA fiction, but sometimes I'll read "adult" books), playing board games, Nutella, and binge-watching TV shows on Netflix with my husband.
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