REVIEW: Simon vs the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli, gay mystery and happiness

SIMON VS, gay mystery and happiness

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SIMON VS, gay mystery and happinessSimon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda
five-starsWritten by Becky Albertalli
Published by Balzer + Bray
Published on April 7th 2015
Genres: Contemporary, LGBT+, Romance, Young Adult
Pages: 303
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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.

There are books you see everywhere across the book community and that don’t live up to the hype when you start reading them. And then there’s Simon vs the Homo Sapiens Agenda.

REVIEW: 'Still Star-Crossed' by Melinda Taub, a tale of bad fanfiction and misogyny

STILL STAR-CROSSED, a tale of bad fanfiction and misogyny

STILL STAR-CROSSED, a tale of bad fanfiction and misogynyStill Star-Crossed
zero-starsWritten by Melinda Taub
Published by Delacorte Press
Published on July 9th 2013
Genres: Historical fiction, Retelling, Romance, Young Adult
Pages: 352

Discover what happened after the tragic deaths of Romeo and Juliet, as mysterious figures in Verona are determined to reignite the feud between the Montagues and the Capulets.

In fair Verona, enemies still walk the streets.
Two news hearts. Same two families.
The fight to the altar is about to happen.
All. Over. Again.

This homage to the classic Shakespearean tale of Romeo and Juliet will have readers pining for a star-crossed love of their very own.

I read Still Star-Crossed after the show of the same name started airing, in part because I fell in love with Benvolio and Rosaline and wanted more, and in part because I wanted to know what happens next. But let me tell you, where the show grabbed my heart after one episode, the book was an utter disappointment.