YA Book Club
The Scuppernong YA Book Club is coordinated by our Scuppernong Teen Literature Assembly, who choose the books and lead the discussion. This month, they will meet on Sunday, October 20 at 3pm. They'll be talking about Simon vs. The Homosapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli. Our YA Book Club will always be led by and focus on teen readers, but readers of all ages are welcome to attend.
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 with, will be jeopardized.
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.
"Becky Albertalli has written the best kind of love story: the kind in which you fall in love with the characters as they fall in love with each other."--Alex Sanchez, Lambda Award-winning author of Rainbow Boys and Boyfriends with Girlfriends
"Are we absolutely certain that Becky Albertalli didn't just steal the diary of a hilariously observant teenage boy? Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda is a pitch-perfect triumph of wit and wordplay that feels timelessly, effortlessly now."--Tim Federle, author of Better Nate than Ever