Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli
Release: April 7, 2015 from Balzer + Bray
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.Nothing about this cover is ordinary. The bright red is sure to draw viewers in and stand out on bookshelves next to more subdued colors. Even more original is the hilarious title, which will hold readers' attention long after the cover's color scheme catches their eyes.
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.
But what really interests me about this cover is the headless boy, the way his face has been replaced by a speech bubble. This design choice truly captures the book's conflict—Simon does not want to show the world his true self; he only wants to maintain the drama-free façade he creates with lies-by-omission. As a result, this cover makes the protagonist's awkwardness and introversion immediately palpable.
But according to every review I have read, there is more to Simon than what meets the eye on his book's cover. I cannot wait to read Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda to learn more about this sure-to-be brilliant protagonist.