Simon Vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda

Simon Vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda

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Jan 14, 2021

A book that I think I like the movie better. The start was slow and hard to get into.

JCLTamiT Nov 14, 2020

How come no one told me Simon was a Harry Potter fan?!? I would've picked this up much sooner.

I loved that the characters were flawed and made mistakes, but not such ridiculous mistakes that I wanted to scream at them. Overall, it was an adorable teen romance, partially told through anonymous emails (and I'm a sucker for epistolary novels). When I was finished, tore through the rest of novels in the "Simonverse."

Sep 21, 2020

This book was so adorable! Simon, a closeted gay high school student, finds another gay student at his school, but his search for this mysterious boy named “Blue” leads to a series of events filled with teenage drama. This book had me hooked and at the edge of my seat. It is very well written and it almost makes you feel like you know the characters personally; each character having their own traits and flaws make the book very interesting. This was the first novel I’ve read that falls into the romance genre, and I absolutely loved it! This book is outstanding. I would definitely recommend checking it out !!!!

Sep 09, 2020

I have never watched the movie (although it's on my list), so I decided to read the book. I loved it from the very beginning. All the characters were so relatable. The whole "Blue" thing was a mystery to me throughout the whole book, which was so frustrating! I would definitely read this book again; I loved it so much!

Aug 13, 2020

Absolutely perfect. This is narrated by Simon, and he has such an interesting voice/tone. The characters feel so real, and references to popular culture--My Chemical Romance, manga, etc.--really help make the reader feel like this world is just like the real world. I would definitely recommend this.

Aug 11, 2020

I loved this book. Simon is a boy I think everyone can love sweet, nerdy, and theatrical. The book follows him trying to deal with the fact that he will either be blackmailed or outed before he is ready. I just enjoyed the book all the way through.

Jul 07, 2020

In this novel by Becky Albertalli, a teenage boy named Simon Spier, who is struggling to come out to his friends and family for fear of rejection despite their undying love and support for him. However, he is forced to come out of the closet eventually when someone begins blackmailing him with emails that he has written to an anonymous person from school that also deals with the fact that he’s closeted. This book was super interesting to read, reading about LGBTQ+ experiences makes me feel less alone in my journey to finding myself and who I am as a person. What I also like is that every character is honestly packed with personality which makes this story so much more interesting. Usually in romance novels, it only centers around the romance and the other aspects of the book, especially the characters, have flat personalities. In this book, however, every character is so lovable in their own way, and it makes the whole “romance” plot of the story more enjoyable. Overall, I highly recommend reading this book as well as watching the movie based on it called Love, Simon!

Jun 09, 2020

Becky Albertalli‘s novel “Simon vs. The Homo Sapiens Agenda” tells the story of a high school student who anonymously meets another student online. They develop a relationship without ever meeting. When Simon is viciously outed at school, his world begins to fall apart. The worst thing is he may lose the man he loves and has never met in person. Though there are many similarities to the movie version "Love Simon", you will still find many new and different things in the book to enjoy. I did.

Mar 24, 2020

so glad, saw the movie first. Book is a lot different but enjoyable. If I read the book first the mystery of the final out come would have been ruined...

Jan 10, 2020

This one was really fun! I love epistolary novels to begin with and then add some teenage love/angst and I'm sold. Plus I will fight anyone not fully in love with Simon.

Every character in the book was well written and not flat. From Simon's family to his friends to the cast of the play - I loved them all except Leah who I wanted to kill the whole time but who I also relate heavily to. Now that I'm aware that this will be a series focusing on the "side characters" in each subsequent book, the time Albertalli took to develop her characters makes a lot more sense.

The author hit on some very important topics like privacy, not quite OK jokes, outing vs coming out, the straight/white status quo, requited vs unrequited love etc. These dichotomies and the way Simon navigated them with his wry sense of humor made the book both heart breaking and hilarious in turn. Simon's resilience and firm sense of self while dealing with the struggles and triumphs of living as a gay teenager in the south provides a role model that I think everyone can learn from.

Dec 20, 2019

Over the past year I have seen the movie numerous times and absolutely it. Reading the book made me love this story even more. If you have only seen the movie, please do yourself a favor and read the book.

Sep 04, 2019

I think this book was a great modern coming out story. When I say "modern" it's because, Simon the main character befriends an anonymous boy named "Blue.," that he found via Tumblr. The two boys quickly strike up a friendship through email, because they are both dealing with the dilemma of "coming out." Through the course of their emails the two boys begin to fall in love. Which I think is really modern, since people tend to meet online more and more these days. Although the two boys have never met face to face they quickly fall in love and it was really interesting to watch that unfold in this modern day love story. This is also a great LGBT read if you want to save this book for Pride month.

sjpl_rebekah Aug 26, 2019

This love story is adorable. Simon is adorable. Everything about this book is adorable.

In all seriousness though, this is an excellent coming-of-age/teen romance. It’s angsty and endearing and you just want to reach through the pages and give Simon a big hug. It is hard for me to relate directly to his experiences coming out to his family and friends, but many of Simon’s struggles to accept himself are universal. The supporting characters in this story are, for the most part, also very likable. Simon’s friends and family are so accepting of who he is, that at first it seemed silly to me that he is so reluctant to come out to them. As the story progresses, however, I really got a better grasp of how scary this step is to a teen, regardless of whether or not they have a strong support network.

I enjoyed this story in audiobook format. I have listened to other audiobooks performed by Michael Crouch, and his voice is very well suited to books told from the perspective of a teenage boy. It’s a very generic “young man” voice, and his even cadence makes his performances very easy to listen to.

After reading this book, I was very excited to rent the movie adaptation Love, Simon. My expectations for book-turned-movie adaptations are always low, but the movie was extremely well cast, and they captured the feel of the book very well. This can be difficult to do, especially when so much of the book is introspective.

Both the book and the film were very heart-warming, and I highly recommend both to fans of this genre.

sarahbru17 Aug 14, 2019

Writing: 10/10
Characters: 8/10
Plot: 8/10
I blitzed through this book in just over a day--it was fun, fast, and engaging. Recommend for anyone who wants a lighthearted read that provides some good insights into the mindset of a gay teen.

Aug 10, 2019

So I'm a sucker for a funny romance novel. Guess what this is. It's got humor, it's got cutesy romance and all the gay teenager drama and angst you could ask for. Albertalli gives a very lively and full story about a gay teenager in the mid-west desperately trying to find love and not get outted. The plot is a bit stereotypical, classic romance, but is still a fun and easy read, great if you have an afternoon to just curl up with a book 10/10 recommend.

Jul 08, 2019

The one thing, other than the overall book, that I love about this story is that the foundation is laid ahead of time for who Blue turns out to be. It isnt something completely out of left field that leaves the reader/audience confused, instead little clues are laid throughout the chapters that point at who Blue is. Just this idea alone is something that storytellers forget to do sometimes instead just trying to go for the shock factor. It was extremely refreshing.

JCLPiepieB Jun 26, 2019

Very cute and quick read! I'm a sucker for "online romances," and the identity of Blue kept me guessing! I loved the portrayal of Simon, his friends, and his family. I'm excited to watch the movie now and who knows, I might read the next one in this series.

Gr33nbird May 15, 2019

An adorable and quirky coming-of-age tale. Albertalli writes amazing characters with whom I always want to hang out.

Apr 03, 2019

Charming and poignant. Now, on to the movie to see how they ruin the book.

JCLMeganK Feb 22, 2019

This story follows the story of Simon, a sixteen year old that is working through how to come out to his friends and family. Simon has an anonymous pen pal, Blue, that he knows also goes to Creekwood High School. They discuss the process of coming out, as well as maneuvering the everyday life as high school students. I really loved this book not only because it explores Simon and Blue's experiences with coming out, but also because it examines his relationships with his friends and family. I highly recommend this book, and am looking forward to reading the next book in the series- Leah on the Offbeat. I am so excited for other people to read or listen to this book, and hope it positively impacts readers for years to come.

Feb 05, 2019

This is such a good book! I cant wait to watch the movie!

Jan 22, 2019

This book is AMAZING! i felt so sad as i finished it. I read this out loud with my friends and we were all shrieking in joy (if that even makes sense. I guess you can say we were fangirling) at some certain parts of the book. Now my friends and i just want to watch the movie, but i suggest you read the book first. :)

Jan 11, 2019

I LOVE this book. Th characters are so diverse, relateable, and genuine. I love the character of Simon and his narrative voice, as well as the complexities of his struggles. He feels loved and accepted by his friends and parents, but like he still isn't completely free to be himself around them. He feels frustrated and angry with one of his classmates (who is blackmailing him) but at times he feels friendly towards, even fond of, that classmate. This kind of struggle between two opposing emotions carries out through the text and I think just really authentically captures the experience of being human (and being a teenager in particular).

Jan 09, 2019

I enjoyed this book a lot. I feel that it gives an accurate telling of modern school life for teens.

Dec 20, 2018

I really enjoyed this! It was short and fun. It is a modern-day romance. It brings to light all the insecurities you feel in a new relationship. It is lighthearted and cute.

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