Simon Vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda

Simon Vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda

Book - 2015 | First edition.
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"Sixteen-year-old, not-so-openly-gay Simon Spier is blackmailed into playing wingman for his classmate or else his sexual identity--and that of his pen pal--will be revealed"--
Publisher: New York, NY : Balzer + Bray, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, [2015]
Edition: First edition.
Copyright Date: ©2015
ISBN: 9780062348678
Branch Call Number: ALBER
Characteristics: 303 pages ; 22 cm

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Quick, warm, and witty read about gay student who is blackmailed into being someone's wingman, or else he and his pen pal will be outed to the school.

YA - Realistic & Contemporary // Simon is a closeted gay high schooler who finds himself being blackmailed after Marty, a classmate, finds an email Simon was sending to his potentially-more-than-friend "Blue" (an online pseudonym - Blue and Simon go to the same school but neither ha... Read More »

"Sixteen-year-old, not-so-openly-gay Simon Spier is blackmailed into playing wingman for his classmate or else his sexual identity--and that of his pen pal--will be revealed"--


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jazminefinuliar04
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!

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wingertdj
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.

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dainestorts
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...

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jbustard
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.

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kst305
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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penelopegomez
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.

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nsfvancouver
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.

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Needs_A_Life
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.

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