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Becky Albertalli – Simon Vs. The Homo Sapiens Agenda | Review

Title: Simon Vs. The Homo Sapiens Agenda

Author: Becky Albertalli

Type: Fiction

Page Count/Review Word Count: 312

Rating: 3.75*/5

 

Becky Albertalli - Simon Vs. The Homo Sapiens Agenda

Becky Albertalli – Simon Vs. The Homo Sapiens Agenda

 

I feel a little let down by this one, because I was expecting to absolutely love it and I ended up thinking it was just okay. The core story line was pretty good and everything I expected it would be, but I found it difficult to relate to the characters because the whole thing felt so American. Simon’s school and the culture inside it is nothing like the school I went to when I grew up, and there were a bunch of cultural references that I didn’t get and that made me feel more like an outsider.

Still, there was plenty of stuff that I did like as well, and I saw Simon very much as a flawed character. Not because he’s homosexual, of course, but because of some of the decisions that he makes and the ways that he acts. He complained about his teachers for following the syllabus and about his parents when he got in trouble for getting drunk. I was also confused by a scene at a gay restaurant that was pumping bass and freely serving alcohol to what appeared to be an entire room full of underage people.

All in all, this book made me feel kind of old. I related to the grownups more than the kids and couldn’t really tie it back to when I was a kid. But then, an ex-pupil burned down my school and I remember watching someone else get hit in the eye with a metal pole by another kid who didn’t like them. But it does have a positive message and I can see why you might find it relatable if you were born after the turn of the century somewhere in America.

 

Becky Albertalli

Becky Albertalli

 

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Tao Lin – Eeeee Eee Eeee | Review

Title: Eeeee Eee Eeee

Author: Tao Lin

Type: Fiction

Page Count/Review Word Count: 216

Rating: 5*/5

 

Tao Lin - Eeeee Eee Eeee

Tao Lin – Eeeee Eee Eeee

 

This book was a little bit like an acid trip. All sorts of crazy stuff is happening but, a bit like Alice in Wonderland, no matter how tenuous the links are between different parts of the narrative, it still has this sort of unshakeable force that permeates throughout it and keeps you reading. It doesn’t take long to finish it, and you could easily power through in a single sitting. It’s that sort of book.

Now, I would talk about the plot, but there isn’t one. Well, there is, but there also isn’t. Here’s where I refer you to the blurb: Confused yet intelligent animal attempt to interact with confused yet intelligent humans, resulting in the death of Elijah Wood, Salman Rushdie and Wong Kar-Wai… and a vegan dinner at a sushi restaurant in Manhattan attended by a dolphin, a bear… and the President of the United States of America, who lectures on the arbitrary nature of consciousness, truth, and the universe before getting drunk and playing poker.”

It’s like Burroughs meets Dali in a dream and they write a book together. If you have any interest in experimental literature, you need to read it.

 

Tao Lin

Tao Lin

 

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