This is the third in a series of three posts for Indiana University-Indianapolis course S401: Computer-Based Information Tools.
Goal: Create a blog posting that is a book, movie, or app review of your choice. Include an image such as a book cover or screen shot.
Book: Simon vs. the Homosapiens’ Agenda
Author: Becky Albertalli
In this book, Albertalli tells the story of a young man named Simon, a high school student who hides the fact that he is gay and has a secret online conversation with a secret classmate at his school in a similar situation. A not-so-good friend learns Simon’s secret, and about his secret correspondence and uses it to blackmail Simon, eventually affecting Simon’s plans for coming out of the closet.
This book is a worthwhile read for teens and readers of young adult literature because of it’s modern way of conveying that all people – straight and gay – can find love, acceptance, and happiness in life, that it is not simply a thing for so-called average, heterosexual homo-sapiens. The authentic voice of the main character is relatable as young adults look for friends and peers who are genuinely honest.
The book was presented with the American Library Association’s William C. Morris Young Adult Literature Debut Award in 2017. In a modern format, the story switches back and forth between narrative accounts of the characters’ lives and the email exchanges between Simon and his fellow classmate, Blue. An element of mystery surrounds the story as the reader competes with Simon to understand who Blue is, and if we will know before Simon.
A companion film to this book was released in March 2018 by 20th Century Fox as Love, Simon.
*Adapted from a previous book review of the same text.
Rating: Two out of two thumbs up!
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