[Audiobook Talk] Simon vs. The Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli #LoveAudiobooks

Audiobook Details:

Format: Audiobook
Source: Library
Narrator: Michael Crouch
Length: 6 hours 45 minutes
Read: March 2017

Synopsis:

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 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.

Incredibly funny and poignant, this twenty-first-century coming-of-age, coming out story—wrapped in a geek romance—is a knockout of a debut novel by Becky Albertalli.

My Thoughts

I hadn’t heard a lot about this book, despite all the rave reviews it had gotten, until I saw talk of the upcoming book by Becky Albertalli, The Upside of Unrequited. Everyone was saying how good it was going to be and how amazing her debut was, a story about a not-quite-out boy, Simon, and his journey towards coming out. I don’t read a lot of LGBTQ — not because I don’t want to, but because I just haven’t found the right stories for me — but I do intend to try more from now on.

This story was great! I listened to the audiobook in one morning and loved Simon’s story. I may have even cried a little bit at one point. And at first I thought it was going to be so predictable, but it really wasn’t, which was great. This story might not have been in my demographic (since I’m in my 30s) which kind of made me want to find more LGBTQ books in my demographic – is there such a thing as a coming out romance-type book about people in their 30s? I find a lot are geared towards teens, which is great and definitely needed, but I’d love to see something for us older generation.

I’m really looking forward to Becky’s next book. She can definitely write a cute and engaging story!

Audiobook Notes: 

I can usually fly through books like this when I read the physical copy, but when the audiobook is short I like to give them a try – especially if it’s a new to me author and a new to me narrator. Michael Crouch did a fantastic job of bringing emotion and humour to this story and it was so enjoyable to listen to!

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[Book Talk] The Upside of Unrequited

Book Details:

Format: Ebook
Source: Library
Read: April 2017

Synopsis:

Seventeen-year-old Molly Peskin-Suso knows all about unrequited love. No matter how many times her twin sister, Cassie, tells her to woman up, Molly can’t stomach the idea of rejection. So she’s careful. Fat girls always have to be careful.

Then a cute new girl enters Cassie’s orbit, and for the first time ever, Molly’s cynical twin is a lovesick mess. Meanwhile, Molly’s totally not dying of loneliness—except for the part where she is. Luckily, Cassie’s new girlfriend comes with a cute hipster-boy sidekick. If Molly can win him over, she’ll get her first kiss and she’ll get her twin back.

There’s only one problem: Molly’s coworker, Reid. He’s a chubby Tolkien superfan with a season pass to the Ren Faire, and there’s absolutely no way Molly could fall for him.

Right?

My Thoughts

Alright, before I start this review, I just have to comment on some of the reviews I had read about this book, saying that Molly shouldn’t find her happiness in a boy and she should find her self-confidence elsewhere, BUT it says right there in the synopsis what the book is about. To just shout out the predictability of YA novels, was it really going to end with Molly and Reid NOT getting together?

First off, I loved this book. I could connect with Molly so well because I was her growing up. I had those friends who were gorgeous and could get a boyfriend just like that. I felt so lonely and always wondered why no one would ask me out. What was wrong with me? So I knew what Molly was going through. It’s tough being 17 and seeing all your friends getting boyfriends and girlfriends – and, in Molly’s case, seeing her moms get married. I mean, it’s a lot to take in!

Second, there’s so much diversity in this book, which was wonderful. Not once did I feel like Becky Albertalli was just checking items off a list of what race to include or whether this character should be a lesbian or bisexual. It all just flowed so nice and everything felt right. It wasn’t one of those happy happy books where everyone gets along, though. Molly’s grandma is rude towards Molly’s weight, and Molly’s aunt hasn’t talked to her mom for a long time, most likely due to her relationship status.

There’s so much going on in Molly’s life that I can totally see why she’d look for some happiness – even if it was with a boy. It’s not like she doesn’t know who she is. She loves to create things and is using her talents to do the decorations for her moms’ upcoming wedding. She gets a job and gets to use her skills there. She’s had so many crushes but not one boyfriend and when she meets Reid, something happens and sparks fly — but after so much unrequited love, will something happen?

I loved Reid. I loved that he was a bit of a nerd and he was funny and just got Molly. I liked that he wasn’t just the handsome jock but someone who Molly could actually connect with and have fun with. I liked Cassie and her relationship with Molly. Yeah, this book deals with Molly and her looking for love, but it also deals with two sisters and what happens when they do reach that age where they start to have boyfriends and girlfriends. Once sacred relationships are tested and they somehow have to find a way back to each other.

This was such a great story to read and I loved how much I connected with it and am really looking forward to Becky Albertalli’s next book. She has such an engaging way of writing that pulls a reader in! Plus, this book was a super fast read, which was nice. It’s the perfect summer read, or the perfect book to unwind with at the end of a long day.

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