logo
Wrong email address or username
Wrong email address or username
Incorrect verification code
back to top
Search tags: Becky-Albertalli
Load new posts () and activity
Like Reblog Comment
show activity (+)
review 2018-06-08 20:08
Simon VS The College Girl Who Can't Relate to High School Books Anymore
Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda - Becky Albertalli

Whew, I'm old.

 

Well, not really. I'm not gonna retire anytime soon. Probably won't be telling kids to get off my lawn either. But still, that's all I could think about while I read this. There comes a time when you realize that the high school reality in your favorite Young Adult books isn't your reality anymore. And damn, that's sad. 

 

Still, it's good to know good YA is and always will be enjoyable to me. And I love Simon. Sassy, theater kid trying to find the right moment to come out of the closet? If that doesn't hit close to home, I don't know what will. And sometimes even I, oh mighty destroyer of all that is fluffy, want a warm romance to bury myself in. 

 

Me too Simon, me too.

 

A matter of National Security.

 

I also wanna thank Simon for introducing me to Elliot Smith. Don't ask me why I never heard any of his songs before. Yes, it's unforgivable. Yes, I'm paying my sins by listening to everything this man has produced. 

 

If this book had a soundtrack it would be awesome. The movie was great. I love the characters. I love the diversity.

 

Okay, maybe I'm really still into YA after all.

 

Sentence: this meme except it's me talking about LGBT Young Adult Books. 

 

They're good books Brent.

 

Like Reblog Comment
show activity (+)
review 2018-06-06 17:51
Review: Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli
Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda - Becky Albertalli

 

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 have been seeing this book everywhere and with the movie just released I thought it was time to jump  on the bandwagon and finally read it.

I really enjoyed it; it was everything I thought it be and more.  It was light, funny cute and heartwarming to follow Simon as he not only comes out but also deals with the fallout and is falling in love . Plus dealing with all the other stuff you deal with in high school. I think what I liked the most what that we didn’t just get your usual teen drama, that we got much more and the feelings behind it. Not only from Simon but also his friends.

I also liked that not everything is sunshine and roses and we do get some kind of conflict and or bullying and that it is dealt with in a realistic manner.

Another thing I enjoyed was that after we finds out who Blue is, it doesn’t just end there. No it keeps going for a bit and gives us a glimpse on that live and all their futures.

Overall I really enjoyed this book and rate it 4-4 ½★ 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Buy Links

 

Amazon ***  B&N *** Kobo 

Source: snoopydoosbookreviews.com/index.php/2018/06/06/review-simon-vs-the-homo-sapiens-agenda-by-becky-albertalli
Like Reblog Comment
show activity (+)
review 2018-05-24 03:31
Leah on the Offbeat (Creekwood #2)
Leah on the Offbeat - Becky Albertalli

Wow, I don't even know where to start with how awful this book is.

 

Terrible bi rep? Check.

Terrible girl rep? Check

Terrible fat girl rep? Check.

 

I loved Simon Vs The Homo-Sapiens Agenda and fell in love with all the characters (well, not Martin) and I felt especially drawn to Leah. So when I found out there was going to be another book, centered on Leah, I got excited. Then the blurb mentioned that she's suddenly bisexual, and I got concerned because there was zero indication or hint of that in the first book. But it couldn't be that bad, right?

 

Other reviewers have said it better: this story felt like fanfic. And not even good fanfic. It felt like the really bad fanfic that you don't admit to reading. The AU kind where everyone's gay and acts so out of character as to be unrecognizable in order to force together the writer's OTP that makes zero sense in canon but dammit they're going to make it work no matter what. 

 

On top of that, there's no plot. It's just a string of scenes that are connected only be the fact they happen chronologically (aside from a couple of flashbacks). Leah exists just to be awful and condescending and rude to everyone, yet for some reason everyone still loves her.

 

There's also no heart. We never learn why Leah acts the way she does because there's zero reflection on her actions or feelings, and so she never learns or develops. She's the exact same awful person at the end of the book as she is at the start of it, and she's taken everyone else down with her. This is just Leah referring to herself as a bitch for 300 pages because isn't it hilarious when girls call themselves slur words? There's no reason to care about Leah, so there's no reason to care about anything that's going on around her.

 

There's a really awkward attempt at addressing racism that feels more like it was written as an overhanded after-school special message than an actual examination of racism and all of its nuances. It's there solely to give Leah one shining moment of being not completely sucky. 

 

In a word, this book is superficial.

 

The first half dragged because nothing happened aside from Leah being rude, not knowing how to express herself, and constantly having brain freeze, stopped heart and flipping stomach, because that's what hormones do to seventeen-year old girls. And apparently being bisexual means you develop crushes on everyone. I couldn't take the plodding pace of non-action, so I did skim most of the second half starting around 60%. Thankfully, not much happened in that section beyond prom, Leah and her girlfriend being selfish and awful to everyone at prom, and the writer leaving a bunch of dangling threads.

 

This was a huge disappointment and read like the Ms. Albertalli just phoned it in.

Like Reblog Comment
show activity (+)
quote 2018-05-15 05:11
I'm basically your resident fat Slytherin Rory Gilmore.
Like Reblog Comment
show activity (+)
text 2018-03-31 00:36
March wrap-up 2018 part 2
Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda - Becky Albertalli
Emma in the Night - Wendy Walker
Radio Silence - Alice Oseman
Mature Content - Megan Erickson,Santino Hassell
Ready Player One - Ernest Cline
Moxie: A Novel - Jennifer Mathieu

6 audiobooks 

2 librairy 

1 re read 

1 ebook

5 physical  books

I read lots of great books here are the star ratings

1 3 star

5  4 stars 

10 5 stars

 

Total read this month 16

More posts
Your Dashboard view:
Need help?