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Review: Simon vs. The Homo Sapiens Agenda

In March of this year, Becky Albertalli’s debut novel Simon vs The Homo Sapiens Agenda got the big screen adaptation treatment, complete with a shortened name in the form of Love, Simon. The movie received widespread praise from critics and fans of the book alike. After finishing the book, as a reader I’m left pondering whether I love Simon and his story too, or was this just an okay read. I did enjoy aspects of the story, and I love to see more stories like this one being told, which is so, so important. But I think I’m falling more towards the latter here, because something about this book just didn’t grab me in the way I thought it would!

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Review: The Hate U Give

“I’ve seen it happen over and over again: a black person gets killed just for being black, and all hell breaks loose. I’ve Tweeted RIP hashtags, reblogged pictures on Tumblr, and signed every petition out there. I always said that if I saw it happen to somebody, I would have the loudest voice, making sure the world knew what went down. Now I am that person, and I’m too afraid to speak.”

As quotes go, it’s a hard one. Coming from a 16-year-old girl, it’s heartbreaking! And it is 16-year-old Starr Carter who is the heart of Angie Thomas’ debut novel, a book that should be required reading in every school today.