I read Simon vs. The Homo Sapien Agenda on the very enthusiastic recommendation of my book buddy Carmen. I started it on a Monday night and before I knew it the sun was raising on Tuesday morning as I finished it. And all I wanted to do (other than sleep) was to start it from the beginning again. It was THAT good!
Simon is a popular high school kid who’s not exactly closeted, he’s just not out. When Martin, his frenemie, sees Simon’s incriminating emails to a mysterious male student known only as ‘Blue’, Martin begins blackmailing Simon into helping him win a girl. Albertalli captures the helplessness of the situation with humor in a way that you’ll have to read for yourself to understand.
According to Deadline Hollywood, Fox 2000 bought the rights to the novel which will be produced by Marty Bowen and Issac Klausner (The Fault In Our Stars) of Temple Hill and Pouya Shahbazian (Divergent). It sounds like Simon will be in good hands but we hope that Albertalli is involved in turning this brilliant novel into a movie. Albertalli’s debut novel is witty, sarcastic, poignant and touching. Her characters come to life and will absolutely pop off the screen.
Tomorrow night Albertalli is speaking at her old high school, the one that was no doubt the inspiration for Simon vs. The Homo Sapiens Agenda. In a recent tweet she wondering how she should feel about the homecoming. After this news, I’d say she should be feeling pretty damn good.