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'Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda' by Becky Albertalli: EW review

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Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda

type:
Book
Current Status:
In Season
author:
Becky Albertalli
publisher:
Balzer + Bray
genre:
Young Adult

We gave it an A

Adults who read this coming-out/coming-of-age novel will probably wish it had been around when they were kids. But really, it’s so of-the-moment it couldn’t have been written any earlier. Teens may be grappling with sexuality at a time when gay marriage is legal in most states, but that doesn’t make their struggles less real. Simon Spier, a 16-year-old Harry Potter fanatic, is goaded out of the closet after a classmate discovers his emails to a pen pal. Albertalli paints a stunningly three-dimensional, cliche-free world for Simon that bursts with unforgettable characters. Savor it, because you’ll read it for the first time only once. Worthy of Fault in Our Stars-level obsession. A

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