Simon Vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda

Simon Vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda

Book - 2016
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Sixteen-year-old Simon Spier quietly enjoys flirtatious emails between himself and a guy calling himself "Blue," hoping it will lead to a relationship. However, the emails fall into the wrong hands and Simon is blackmailed. Now Simon must explore his feelings and decide if being outed to the rest of the high school is such a bad thing.
Publisher: New York, NY : Balzer + Bray, 2016
Edition: First paperback edition
ISBN: 9780062348685
Characteristics: 303, 15 pages ; 21 cm


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BostonPL_LauraB Jun 30, 2016

This novel was just so cute and fun! It's a very quick read, and you can't help but root for all of the characters (especially Simon) to get their happy endings. Very much recommend this.

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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.

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