Rapid Reviews: #DAReadathon Edition // Simon Vs the Homosapiens Agenda, Highly Illogical Behavior & More Happy Than Not

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The Dumbledore’s Army Readathon is being hosted by Aentee @ Read at Midnight. It’s a Harry Potter themed readathon that encourages everyone to read diverse and inclusive books. The readathon is running from 1st-15th January 2017. You can follow the #DAReadAThon hashtag on Twitter and Instagram. There’s also going to be a point system where you can choose your Hogwarts house and earn house points for various things like the amount of pages read ect. For more information you can check Aentee’s info and sign up post here.

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Also side note: because I’m a giant nerd I created a spreadsheet to keep track of the points that are earned! I was inspired by dipped-in-books who created a similar spreadsheet for the Pokemon themed readathon last year.

You can view the spreadsheet on Google Sheets. I created it in Excel so it’s compatible with that too.

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Also “Your House Here” changes colour depending your house and I was super proud of figuring out how to do that 😂

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Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens AgendaTitle: Simon vs the Homo Sapiens Agenda
Author: Becky Albertalli
Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary
Publisher: Penguin Australia
Pages: 303
Published: April 7 2015
Buy: AmazonBook Depository
Australia: Angus & RobertsonBooktopia
Follow Becky Albertalli on Twitter

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.

Trigger warning: Forced coming out 

what-i-liked

💙 This is quite possibly the most adorable book I’ve read in my ENTIRE life???? HONESTLY!!! IT WAS SO ADORABLE I ALMOST DIED!!!!

💙 The friendship between Simon, Nick, Leah and Abby. It was such a realistic friendship. There were ups and downs because no friendship is perfect, but they would always eventually sort their shit out.

💙 I love that the side characters all had their own personalities. They weren’t just there. They had their own voices and weren’t one dimensional.

“Why is straight the default? Everyone should have to declare one way or another, and it shouldn’t be this big awkward thing whether you’re straight, gay, bi, or whatever. I’m just saying.”

💙 Simon’s relationship with his family. I really, really love when the absent parents trope doesn’t exist. Simon’s parents were so wonderful? I love how supportive they were. I loved how they talked to Simon.

💙 Okay, I know you’re waiting for me to mention this so SIMON AND BLUE. What precious little babies. God, their relationship was so fucking cute. I actually teared up a few times, ngl.

💙 The writing style was so fun. I read this in a day.

 what-i-disliked

💙 Martin, that asshole.

💙 I HAVE BEEN CRAVING OREOS ALL WEEK.

💙 I felt like once Simon and Blue met things were just rushed a little? I don’t know. I know the build up was there via emails, but then all of a sudden it was like !!! I mean it didn’t affect my rating, but yeah. Just something I noticed.

my-rating

★★★★★

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Highly Illogical BehaviorTitle: Highly Illogical Behavior
Author:John Corey Whaley
Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary
Publisher: Dial Books
Pages: 256
Published: May 10 2016
Buy: AmazonBook Depository
Follow John Corey Whaley on Twitter

Sixteen-year-old Solomon is agoraphobic. He hasn’t left the house in three years, which is fine by him.

Ambitious Lisa desperately wants to get into the second-best psychology program for college (she’s being realistic). But how can she prove she deserves a spot there?

Solomon is the answer.

Determined to “fix” Sol, Lisa thrusts herself into his life, introducing him to her charming boyfriend Clark and confiding her fears in him. Soon, all three teens are far closer than they thought they’d be, and when their facades fall down, their friendships threaten to collapse, as well. 

Trigger warnings: Mental illness, self-harm

what-i-liked

🏊🏻 I read this book because I also suffer from agoraphobia. I was a little worried how it was going to be represented because YA is either hit or miss when it comes to mental illness rep, but fortunately from my experiences it was handled brilliantly.

🏊🏻 For a while I wasn’t exactly sure if I was going to be able to read this book because it was hitting TOO CLOSE TO HOME. I pushed through it though and I was really glad I did because it was such a beautiful and inspiring read.

🏊🏻 I loved the characters and the friendships so much. Solomon, Lisa and Clark were all so wonderful and supportive of each other. Lisa annoyed me at first when she kept talking about “fixing” Solomon and using him as nothing more than a project, but her character development throughout the book was amazing. She really grew to care for Solomon as a person and admitted when she messed up.

“We’re just floating in space trying to figure out what it means to be human.”

🏊🏻 Can we just take a second to talk about how adorable Clark is? Okay. Good. HE IS SO PRECIOUS.

🏊🏻 Solomon’s relationship with his parents and grandmother was so incredible too. I LOVE when the MC’s family is involved in the story.

🏊🏻 I love that Solomon was more than just his illness and sexuality. I love that this broke so many perceptions on what agoraphobia actually is. Like I said above I can’t speak for EVERYONE, but from my own experiences this was such a realistic portrayal.

🏊🏻 Ultimately my favourite thing about this was the ending. Normally in books dealing with MI everything is tied up in a nice neat little bow, but that didn’t happen here and I appreciate it so much. It was an uplifting, but realistic ending.

what-i-disliked

🏊🏻 Nothing!!!

my-rating

★★★★★

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More Happy Than NotTitle: More Happy Than Not
Author: Adam Silvera
Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary
Publisher: Soho Teen
Pages: 300
Date Published: April 26th 2016
Buy: AmazonBook Depository
Australia: Angus & RobertsonBooktopia
Follow Adam Silvera on Twitter

In the months after his father’s suicide, it’s been tough for sixteen-year-old Aaron Soto to find happiness again—but he’s still gunning for it. With the support of his girlfriend Genevieve and his overworked mom, he’s slowly remembering what that might feel like. But grief and the smile-shaped scar on his wrist prevent him from forgetting completely. 

When Genevieve leaves for a couple of weeks, Aaron spends all his time hanging out with this new guy, Thomas. Aaron’s crew notices, and they’re not exactly thrilled. But Aaron can’t deny the happiness Thomas brings or how Thomas makes him feel safe from himself, despite the tensions their friendship is stirring with his girlfriend and friends. Since Aaron can’t stay away from Thomas or turn off his newfound feelings for him, he considers turning to the Leteo Institute’s revolutionary memory-alteration procedure to straighten himself out, even if it means forgetting who he truly is. 

Why does happiness have to be so hard?

Trigger Warnings: Mental illness, suicide, abuse, homophobia, violence

 what-i-liked

🙃 The realness. This was so gritty and raw and honest.

🙃 How many important topics were discussed. I’m not sure if it’s been confirmed anywhere, but from my understanding the Leteo Institute can be seen almost as a “conversion therapy” and this book shows how dangerous that can be. It broke my heart that there’s so many kids out there who think there’s something wrong with them because they identify as LGBTQIA+. I just want them to know that it’s society who needs to be fixed not them.

🙃 This is one of the most heartbreaking books I’ve ever read in my life. I’m not even sure what to say in this “rapid” review because I honestly just want to cry again thinking about it. I’m a MESS. The things involving mental illness and suicide hit me so hard because once again I related so much.

🙃 Aaron isn’t perfect, but that’s why I loved him as a main character. He fucks up. A lot. He’s trying really hard to figure his shit out though and try and become a better person.

🙃 Aaron and Thomas. My babies. My precious, precious, babies. I’m crying again. If you’ve read this can we please cry over them? I don’t say this often anymore but I SHIP IT SO MUCH.

I will do my best to always find the sun in the darkness because my life isn’t one sad ending – it’s a series of endless happy beginnings.

🙃 I really liked Genevieve too. She wasn’t just an accessory to Aaron and Thomas. She stood up for herself and her feelings.

🙃 Aaron’s relationship with his mum. I feel like there’s a trend with all these books and the contemporaries that I’m likely to give anything over a 4 star rating too. I need families to be a prominent point of the story in order for me to really enjoy a contemporary.

🙃 If you’re not a fan of sci-fi, don’t let that deter you. It’s really realistic and whilst Leteo is important to the story it’s 90% a contemporary book.

🙃 The character development! So. Freaking. Good.

🙃 Again, I read this in a day. I love Adam Silvera’s writing style SO MUCH. He’s 100% become an auto-buy, favourite author for me. There were lots of little twists and turns that I wasn’t expecting.

🙃 I will never, ever, ever forget this book.

 what-i-disliked

🙃 MY HEART IS BROKEN. I MAY NEVER RECOVER. EVERYTHING HURTS AND IT’S ALL ADAM SILVERA’S FAULT.

my-rating

★★★★★

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Have you read any of these or they are on your TBR? I’d love to hear your thoughts!

If you’re participating in the #DAReadathon how are you going?

I hope you’re all having a fantastic day.

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18 thoughts on “Rapid Reviews: #DAReadathon Edition // Simon Vs the Homosapiens Agenda, Highly Illogical Behavior & More Happy Than Not

  1. YOU HAVE A SPREADSHEET? I’m impressed with your organizational skills. I haven’t even added up my points yet. Anyway, I love More Happy Than Not and Simon Vs. I’m glad you liked them, too.

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  2. I ADORED Highly Illogical Behaviour. Simon was adorable and so was everyone else and I wish his family was my family. I wouldn’t call myself agoraphobic but i suffer with anxiety related to leaving my home and mental illness rep is always my favourite when it’s done well. The other two have been on my to-read list for ages now so I really need to get around to them. Great post!

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  3. So happy you loved Highly Illogical Behavior! I’m still a bit worried about how I’ll react to the way agoraphobia is portrayed but I feel a bit better about it knowing you found it was well represented. I love that two of the books had parents!! I mean, absent parents in YA irks me so much… Great mini reviews!!

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    1. Aw, yeah, that’s definitely understandable! Everyone’s experience is different so it might not work for you, but I found it to be respectful at least. There wasn’t any awful stereotypes or cliches that are usually represented in media when people are agoraphobic. I really hope it’s well represented for you too!! I really appreciated how there wasn’t a Happily Ever After ending.

      It was such a refreshing change seeing such good parental relationships in these. I despise the Absent Parents trope so much haha.

      Thanks Donna 😀

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  4. AAAAAA I’m really, really happy you enjoyed all these books! Also I’m repeating myself but readathon really is great for you hahaha 😛 as for the books, I’m going to respond to each book and make a list because I’m such an organized bean.

    SIMON VS. This is definitely THE CUTEST BOOK OF EVER ❤ everything in it was adorable esp Simon and Blue and Simon's family! They're just the best. Also yes Martin was an asshole but he really did move the story so 😂 I ended up eating oreos after reading it.

    HIGHLY ILLOGICAL BEHAVIOR. I actually was nervous to see what you have to say about it because I know it's personal so I'm relieved AND happy to know you loved it! 😀 I love the dynamic between Sol Lisa and Clark and ESPECIALLY CLARK hahaha everything was adorable 😛 and the ending was perfect to me, like something happened but it didn't fix everything

    MORE HAPPY THAN NOT. I LOVEEEEE ALL THE ISSUES TACKLED IN THIS BOOK ❤ They're all 'heavy' and Adam successfully tacked them flawlessly. Also yes it was so, so depressing and tragic and I ADORE GENEVIEVE </3 anyway my review of this book goes up tonight #shamelesspromo hahaha

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    1. Haha!! Wanna share some of your organisation with me because I could really use it 😉

      Everyone always talked about how adorable Simon Vs was, but I still wasn’t expecting the overload of cuteness. Normally I can’t deal with too much “cute” but I just loved this so much. Haha, true! I still haven’t had any!! I need to go buy some.

      I was suuuuper nervous to read it, but I’m so happy I did. It was really hard because it pushed me and made me realise things I didn’t want to hear, but in a good way. I loved the friendship dynamic and I loved the ending so so so much. It was such a realistic way to handle MI.

      Yesss. I’m honestlly still thinking about it! Everything still hurts.

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  5. I haven’t read any of these, yet, but they’re high up on my TBR for this year. I’m especially excited to finally read More Happy Than Not because of all of the great things I’ve heard about it. I just have to get through these review books first. I’m so glad you ended up enjoying these so much. Great reviews, Lauren! 💕😊

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  6. OMG, 3 such amazing books read after each other can only mean a great start to 2017, right?
    I’m so happy you enjoyed Simon vs the Homo Sapiens Agenda. It is just too cute and I love it so much and it is one of those books I can re-read endlessly. And yes, I’m also still addicted to Oreos to this day because of this book. Oh, and reading your review made me want to re-read it again 😉
    Highly Illogical Behavior was sooo good! I also read it for the DA Readathon and LOVED it. The mental illness aspect was handled so well and I adored the friendship and family aspect ❤
    And More Happy Than Not! It was such a difficult book to review because I was like "This book broke me completely and I may never recover. It was amazing so go read it" Loved your review! I'm both eagerly anticipating and afraid of History Is All You Left Me 🙂

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    1. Yes, definitely 😀 I had such a great reading experience at the start of the month!! I read so many 5 stars books, it was wonderful.

      I’m so glad you loved all these too!!! They were all so wonderful in their own way. I loved how they dealt with all their respective issues in such great and respectful ways. The writing was brilliant and I’m honestly still thinking about all of them. I can’t wait read HIAYLM either!! Aaaaand I still haven’t bought any oreos. I need to change that 😂

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