Simon vs. Verdens Forventninger
Title: Simon vs. the Homo sapiens
Author: Becky Albertalli
Published in English: 2015
Dansk titel: Simon vs. Verdens Forventninger
Dansk udgivelsesår: 2016
Forlag: Høst & Søn
Finished Reading: July 2018
Genre: Young Adult & LGBT
This is my personal review without spoilers of the actual plot.
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.
I’m having a difficult time deciding how to write this review. The way the author draw us in is amazing. We can’t help but associate and feel alongside him, which rarely happens when I read.
This is my go to book if I want something sweet. It took me about a day to finish but my good mood lasted for quite some time. If you looked up feel good book in a dictionary, I’m sure Simon vs. the Homo sapiens would be the description.
The language is easy to understand, its “Straight” forward! In addition, it suits the story.
It’s no wonder they chose to make a film! With that in mind read the book first! They made a couple of changes, and I’m not a fan. I didn’t like the movie at all; it had an odd wipe to it. So stay reading!
This is an LGBT story, one of many I might add. It’s becoming rather normal to have best sellers in this genre. It’s a down to earth coming out story! It shouldn’t possibly possess the power to offend people in any way. I barely thought about it really. It’s a natural flow in the book. It’s not being thrown at your face screaming; deal with it!
The characters of this story are interesting. Any kid would love to have Simon’s parents and his friends. They are unique and it’s difficult not to like them.
This really is just a fairytale.