Simon Vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda

Simon Vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda

Book - 2015
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"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 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."--Publisher website.
Publisher: New York, NY : Balzer + Bray/HarperCollinsPublishers, 2015.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9780062348678
Characteristics: 303 p. ; 22 cm.
Subjects: Schools -- Fiction.
High schools -- Fiction.
Pen pals -- Fiction.
Friendship -- Fiction.
Extortion -- Fiction.
Gays -- Fiction.


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Feb 22, 2018

I had seen the preview for the "Love, Simon" movie and didn't realize it was a book until I saw it on Amazon... And thankfully my library had it available so I snatched it right away. Another book I finished within 24 hours. Very easy read, and I gobbled it up. I didn't realize I was a romantic but apparently I can totally fall for a good love story. Not only is this an adorable story (well, not every part is adorable, let me make that clear, but the characters definitely can be), but it touches on important topics - like why white and heterosexual are the default. It also makes you think about folks closest to you and what you really know (or don't know) about them. The author does an amazing job at encapsulating the struggles of coming out (especially in a world full of social media). I would give it a 9 out of 10.

OPL_AmyW Feb 22, 2018

Albertalli created a wonderfully diverse teenage novel with characters that feel incredibly real, not just Simon but the supporting characters as well. I don't know if I've ever read a realistic fiction YA novel with such great character development. There isn't a single character that feels one-note.

Jan 09, 2018

I loved this book and am so irritated with myself for not reading it sooner. It's such a wonderful LGBTQ friendly book that talks about some of the issues and challenges youth might have coming out.

I wasn't expecting Blue to be who he was but that just made the ending that much more exciting and cute.

The only self issue I had was: it's just Tumblr. Not the Tumblr. So when that was brought up in the book, it drove me a bit nuts, but otherwise it's amazing!

Nov 30, 2017

This book is absolutely amazing, LGBTQ+ youth born in the late 90s or early 2000s can/will really relate to this book. Within the first couple of chapters (I'm not kidding, like page 4 of chapter 3) subtle or obvious mundane things and references are mentioned that make the book all the better. Why? Because those things are real situations that [closeted] queer youth have to deal with on a day to day basis. It's brilliant.

Nov 12, 2017

After having this book on my shelf for ages and finally reading it, I want to kick my past self for not reading it as soon as I got my hands on it. Once I started it, I couldn’t put it down, and I finished it within one sitting. The story instantly captivates you with its endearing characters and plotline; one that leaves you guessing, smiling, and absolutely in love with the contents of these pages. The characters are so unbelievably relatable that it seems as though the author took people from your own life and inserted them into the book, particularly for those of the LGBT community. It relays the struggles and conflicts between the characters in a way that was simply impossible not to feel empathy for. Overall, I’d recommend this book for anyone, really. A definite new favourite of mine which will be subject to countless rereads. 5/5 Stars.
- @ClockworkReader of the Teen Review Board of the Hamilton Public Library

Teen Vogue explained this book as, "The love child of John Green and Rainbow Rowell," and I couldn't agree more.
Simon vs the Homo Sapiens Agenda has the charm and silly laughs that go along a theme of something deeper. The story is about a boy named Simon Spier - a closeted gay boy in a small, kind of homophobic town. He secretly emails a boy who he's convinced is the love of his life, but when the emails get into the wrong hands, he needs to work to protect his identity as well as the boy he emails: Blue.
This book is funny and thoughtful at the same time. It also teaches a valuable lesson and brings awareness to the problems we have today. Simon vs the Homo Sapiens Agenda is absolutely worth reading and I can't wait to watch the movie.
- @Spectacles of the Teen Review Board at the Hamilton Public Library

One of the best books I've ever read. The author does an amazing job demonstrating the stuggles of coming out. She explains Simons feelings in great detail, so that the reader can develop a sense of understanding and a bond with the character.

Sep 24, 2017

YES this is an amazing book. I recommend this to anyone in the LGBT community, or anyone who knows anyone else in the LGBT community. It makes living that life a bit easier to understand.

Jul 05, 2017

Quite possibly the perfect LGBTQ teen novel! The book revisits old tropes without being dull about it, introduces new ones, and avoids most of the angst of your run-of-the-mill coming out teen story. In fact, while Simon is in the closet to his family, it has nothing to do with fear of rejection and more that he knows they'll make a big deal about and, ugh. The books is humorous where it needs to be and serious when called for. The story made me glad social media wasn't a thing when I was coming out, but also provided insight into what queer teens face in this day of blogs and mass text messages.

Chapel_Hill_KatieJ Jun 15, 2017

This is a charming love story that happens even before the couple knows each other’s identities. Simon has been anonymously emailing Blue. A classmate discovers one of Simon’s emails, and blackmails him. Simon is witty and has a great group of friends who love each other even though they frequently hurt each other’s feelings. Late in the book Blue says Simon writes like he talks, and indeed Simon’s narration reads like he’s talking to you. The characters are all well-drawn, and the drama captures the drama of high school.

PinesandPrejudice Jun 15, 2017

I was so late to the party but I now understand why there was a party. Holy crap, this book deserves all the hype and more. It is a complete story with a unique character who has a brilliant one-of-a-kind voice. There is continuous action with appropriate feels without being too dramatic. The family and friendship aspects are AMAZING and the cuteness levels between Simon and Blue are swoon worthy. What a complete and wonderful story.

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