Review: Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda

26795341Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli

Published: June 7, 2016

Rating: 5/5

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Sixteen-year-old and not-so-openly gay Simon Spier prefers to save his drama for the school musical. But when an email falls into the wrong hands, his secret is at risk of being thrust into the spotlight. Now Simon is actually being blackmailed: if he doesn’t play wingman for class clown Martin, his sexual identity will become everyone’s business. Worse, the privacy of Blue, the pen name of the boy he’s been emailing, will be compromised.

With some messy dynamics emerging in his once tight-knit group of friends, and his email correspondence with Blue growing more flirtatious every day, Simon’s junior year has suddenly gotten all kinds of complicated. Now, change-averse Simon has to find a way to step out of his comfort zone before he’s pushed out—without alienating his friends, compromising himself, or fumbling a shot at happiness with the most confusing, adorable guy he’s never met.

What started as beginning this book before bed and reading a few chapters quickly turned into devouring it in one sitting.

The adorable romance absolutely captivated me, and I loved the air of mystery to it as Simon tries to figure out who Blue is (and I’ll admit, it wasn’t all that obvious to me until a scene about halfway through). I don’t want to spoil anything, but I was so happy when they finally get together. I just wanted the book to keep going so I could see them grow and develop even more.

All of the drama throughout is typically high-schoolerish and was so refreshing because of how well done it was. I feel like a lot of YA often overdo the drama, but this added to the story without taking anything away. Going along with this, I could totally see myself in the situations described which contributed to the realism of the story.

Overall an absolutely wonderful story and quick read that I will be recommending to all of my YA-loving friends. Now, I can’t wait to see the movie adaptation this year!

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Eliza and Her Monsters Review

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Eliza and Her Monsters by Francesca Zappia

Published: May 30, 2017

Rating: 5/5

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Her story is a phenomenon. Her life is a disaster.

In the real world, Eliza Mirk is shy, weird, and friendless. Online, she’s LadyConstellation, the anonymous creator of the wildly popular webcomic Monstrous Sea. Eliza can’t imagine enjoying the real world as much as she loves the online one, and she has no desire to try.

Then Wallace Warland, Monstrous Sea’s biggest fanfiction writer, transfers to her school. Wallace thinks Eliza is just another fan, and as he draws her out of her shell, she begins to wonder if a life offline might be worthwhile.

But when Eliza’s secret is accidentally shared with the world, everything she’s built—her story, her relationship with Wallace, and even her sanity—begins to fall apart.

I picked up this book originally because it was all over instagram (before release) due to it being the Owlcrate monthly pick. I am sooo glad I took the time to preorder it because of all the awesome goodies the author gave out, because it is wonderful!

Eliza is a character I felt I related to, much like Cath in Fangirl (even though I am a perpetual reader, not a borderline-famous web writer). The struggles Eliza goes through with her family and her friends are ones that any young adult can relate to.

The romance is an interesting one because both parties are scarred or damaged in their own ways. The ability of Eliza and Wallace to simultaneously heal each other was a lovely thing to watch (or rather, read about).

The pictures of the web comic Eliza writes throughout the book (as well as snippets of the novel based on them) provides an intriguing background into the characters’ lives, and made me want to read the story! In fact, Zappia has made a teaser of it on Watt Pad in the hopes if enough viewers see it a publisher will pick it up (see it HERE)! It was also really cool that Eliza’s favorite book, Children of Hypnos, is actually a book that Zappia wrote and has on Watt Pad (see it HERE). I will definitely be checking that out soon.

If you’ve ever struggled with anxiety, or just like cute summer reads, go pickup this book!

Thank you for reading!

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