Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli

Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda

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 Blu...

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Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda Reviews

  • Adam Silvera

    Original Review (December 2013): If Becky wasn't a gay teenage boy with good grammar and a foul mouth in several past lives, then she's absolutely one of the most observant writers in the YA game.

    New Review (June 2017): Just finished my third or fourth reread of SIMON VS., this time on audio which is narrated by the amazing Michael Crouch, and wow, I love this book more each time. I'm 27 right now and SIMON remains the book I wish I had 10 years ago.

  • Raeleen Lemay

    THIS BOOK IS WONDERFUL.

    If a story about a cynical gay Harry Potter fan falling in love with somebody from the inside out sounds appealing to you, do yourself a favour and pick this up when it comes out in April.

  • Hailey (HaileyinBookland)

    Awesome. Video review to come.

  • Lola  Reviewer

    3 stars? 3.5 stars? I’m honestly not sure. Prior to reading this novel, I had read maybe five, six, seven reviews that upped my anticipation like crazy. They all mentioned how ‘‘cute’’ and ‘‘adorable’’ this novel is. And it’s true. I wouldn’t be surprised to see

    becoming a New York Times bestseller and would actually be p

    3 stars? 3.5 stars? I’m honestly not sure. Prior to reading this novel, I had read maybe five, six, seven reviews that upped my anticipation like crazy. They all mentioned how ‘‘cute’’ and ‘‘adorable’’ this novel is. And it’s true. I wouldn’t be surprised to see

    becoming a New York Times bestseller and would actually be proud of it. After all, it does deal with meaningful and important themes.

    Still… even thought beautiful and light and atmospheric, the author wrote a pretty simple story. Simon was easy to relate to and love, for sure, and genuine, undoubtedly, but apace did he get attached to people. I felt as if, throughout the story, Simon fell in love twice, and the third time could have been possible. It made me question the realisticity of his character and the story overall.

    When Simon’s exchanged e-mails with Blue are found by Martin, a classmate, this latter starts ‘‘blackmailing’’ Simon into putting in a good word for him with Abby, the girl he secretly likes. And Simon, by fear of embarrassing and ruining his relationship with sweet and not-ready-to-come-out-of-the-closet Blue, if Martin decides to show everyone the e-mails, does what Martin asks him to. But things don’t always go the way we want them to, and people don’t always react the way we wish they would.

    Maybe, just maybe, I would have enjoyed this book at least treble if it hadn’t been my third read with a gay character being apart of a play, the first two being

    and

    . This is an assumption, but I believe it to be applicable. After all, who truly enjoys reading about similar things over and over again? Fortunately, him being in a play wasn’t the highlight of this novel or so overly mentioned that it became annoying, but it simply wasn’t something that impressed me anymore.

    Also, what highly bothered me was Simon’s change of heart toward a character in the story, a person he seemed to be smitten with from the start. I understand the author wanting to really focus on Simon & Blue and not Simon and anybody else, but the character in question was so lovely that I felt bad when HE openly took interest in Simon and this latter didn’t care about him that much anymore.

    Not enough romance but, when there will be some,

    . It was heartfelt and, even though I wasn’t too excited about the person Simon ended up with, their chemistry was evident and, after all, if he’s happy, than I’m happy.

  • Kat O'Keeffe

    This was so great! It was funny and adorable and just left me with the biggest smile plastered on my face! It did take me a little bit to get into the story because there were so many characters I had trouble keeping them straight at times, but the main character Simon is well developed and relatable and really grounded the story. I thought the mystery was great (and was so excited when I correctly guessed who Blue was!) and I liked that despite the blackmail and the tension, it was still a most

    This was so great! It was funny and adorable and just left me with the biggest smile plastered on my face! It did take me a little bit to get into the story because there were so many characters I had trouble keeping them straight at times, but the main character Simon is well developed and relatable and really grounded the story. I thought the mystery was great (and was so excited when I correctly guessed who Blue was!) and I liked that despite the blackmail and the tension, it was still a mostly lighthearted uplifting kind of book.

    Overall, I really enjoyed this. I didn't love it quite as much as I've loved books by Stephanie Perkins and Rainbow Rowell, but I definitely felt that it was along those same lines. Looking forward to reading more from this author!

  • Emily May

    Oh okay, you I-told-you-so people. You were right.

    No, really.

    And I

    didn't want to read this. I mean, why would I? I don't particularly like cutesy romances, LGBT or not. The cover is kinda sucky and not attractive. The title is an inside joke that only makes sense

    reading the book. And, let's be honest, it's always easier to convince me to read books with phrases like "mind-bending twis

    Oh okay, you I-told-you-so people. You were right.

    No, really.

    And I

    didn't want to read this. I mean, why would I? I don't particularly like cutesy romances, LGBT or not. The cover is kinda sucky and not attractive. The title is an inside joke that only makes sense

    reading the book. And, let's be honest, it's always easier to convince me to read books with phrases like "mind-bending twist", "dark secrets" and "twisted characters". The word "cute" doesn't draw me in.

    But I finally took a chance on it and I concede - this book is wonderful.

    I actually snorted aloud (like the sexy beast I am) at some of the hilarious scenes between Simon and his friends. Simon is that perfect mix of delightfully weird and totally normal - he makes us laugh and roll our eyes, but we secretly recognize many of the things he thinks.

    I giggled so much at scenes like this:

    I know this sounds extremely lame -

    . It doesn't hesitate to portray the reality of homophobia in a high school in the South, but it's ultimately such an uplifting story about friendship, family and the sweetest romance I may ever have read.

    You can read hundreds, perhaps thousands, of books about the difficulties of dealing with your sexuality and coming out - like the dark and powerful

    - and these are very important, but it was so refreshing to see a warm, fuzzy gay romance where the protagonist is supported by his friends and family.

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  • Nat

    This review contains

    .

    If you love Oreos or waffles, boys kissing, and overall cuteness then

    read this wonderful story, I promise that you won’t be disappointed.

    This is the kind of book that I had to read in one sitting while eating the best snacks and listening to my current

    because it was just fun fun fun.

    I’m still in a happy daze.

    follows sixteen-year-old and not-so-openly gay Simon Spier, who prefers to save his drama for the sch

    This review contains

    .

    If you love Oreos or waffles, boys kissing, and overall cuteness then

    read this wonderful story, I promise that you won’t be disappointed.

    This is the kind of book that I had to read in one sitting while eating the best snacks and listening to my current

    because it was just fun fun fun.

    I’m still in a happy daze.

    follows sixteen-year-old and not-so-openly gay Simon Spier, who 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.

    Fun fact—I actually started this book a while back, but I absolutely hated Martin and I got so mad at his character that I had to put it down, and then I never picked it back up (unfortunately so).

    Seriously, why did he think that was

    in any way?

    And Simon kept describing Martin as a goofy kid that everyone in their school loves, but Martin has some serious issues and needs to take a huge step back to reevaluate his life choices.

    I mean:

    Says the guy

    a kid to 'help' him date someone.

    I seriously despised him. And after some time he, funnily enough, started reminding me of Gabe from

    —remember when Gabe started obsessing over Erin? That’s how Martin sounded like when he talked about Abby.

    I’m sorry, but I just can’t get over how uncomfortable he made me.

    I feel like I need to go listen to some really relaxing music because Martin’s got me all riled up.

    And maybe I shouldn’t admit this, but I was rooting for him to have a horrible ending. The way he handled Abby’s rejection was just completely disgusting.

    To quote Simon, Martin is

    . (And Martin's email at the end pissed me off even more.)

    But on a much more positive note, Blue

    and Simon were so

    .

    Subtle foreshadowing. I

    it.

    It was an absolute delight seeing Bram and Simon together at the start because SIMON HAD NO IDEA:

    Little do you know...

    Foreshadowing in books usually gives me too much anxiety, but because I spoiled the ending for myself (I couldn't handle the not knowing the first time I started this book), I was just smiling throughout my whole reading experience.

    They are too cute.

    Also, I loved Ms. Albright, she's moderately badass for a teacher. I can't remember the last time I enjoyed reading about a teacher in a book. But she was definitely a pleasant surprise.

    YES!

    Also also, I love emails in books so the interactions between Blue and “Jacques” were absolutely delightful (their emails about middle school memories still make me laugh):

    Seriously, the cast of characters in this book were all so wonderful.

    And there was this one part with Leah that cracks me up every single time

    I seriously laughed out loud.

    (And the email parts of this book kind of reminded me of

    and their interactions.)

    I’m kind of hardcore grinning right now.

    I'm really glad that we got to see those two get together and that it didn't end right there. But I was expecting for the book to have 10 more pages, so when I turned the last page in chapter 35 and saw Acknowledgments written, I was so let down. (And this particular situation has happened so many times, but it still gets me every single time.)

    This story was just so good and I’m truly happy that I gave it a second chance.

    Also, I’m really pleased that Martin didn’t get a happy ending.

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  • Riley

    As someone who does not typically like books set in high school, I absolutely adored this book. It is possibly the cutest romance I've ever read. And I think it is mostly because Simon and Blue feel in love with each other without knowing what the other looked like. They 100% loved each other for what's inside and that made it all the more beautiful.

    Simon felt like a real person. His voice was so genuine and honest. And Blue is the most precious person ever.

    I can definitely see myself rereadin

    As someone who does not typically like books set in high school, I absolutely adored this book. It is possibly the cutest romance I've ever read. And I think it is mostly because Simon and Blue feel in love with each other without knowing what the other looked like. They 100% loved each other for what's inside and that made it all the more beautiful.

    Simon felt like a real person. His voice was so genuine and honest. And Blue is the most precious person ever.

    I can definitely see myself rereading this in the future to re-experience all the cuteness

  • kazzyboy

    🌟

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    why is reading this book somehow the most

    feeling in the world?? like stars realigning & flowers growing inside you & a thousand suns setting within your very bones??

    so this is the third time that I'm reading Simon vs. I watched the movie trailer and I literally could not keep from picking it up again!!

    here’s the thing:

    and forever I will associate it with that genuine feeling of connection, the co

    🌟

    🌟

    why is reading this book somehow the most

    feeling in the world?? like stars realigning & flowers growing inside you & a thousand suns setting within your very bones??

    so this is the third time that I'm reading Simon vs. I watched the movie trailer and I literally could not keep from picking it up again!!

    here’s the thing:

    and forever I will associate it with that genuine feeling of connection, the comfort of realizing your experiences are universal, the loveliness of knowing that you have a community. I remember finishing it the first time and thinking how wrong it felt that everything looked the same, as if the world should have registered the events and it should have changed the way that I changed??

    It's a beautiful coming-of-age story about a gay teen - Simon, who's trying to define himself and all of his edges, to learn to be unafraid of wanting to be who he is and loving who he loves while facing conflicts that are too familiar to a lot of us. It's a story that advocates a world where being straight isn’t the default, where there's no sexuality assumptions and where lgbtq+ people aren't being pressured to “come out”; but it's also a story that firmly states that coming out is a very personal thing for someone to do and

    should take that away from them.

    This book really has a place in my heart no one else ever could have and I really cannot recommend it strongly enough!!

    Okay. This next section is going to be super spoilery and basically just me losing my shit, so if you haven't read the book, you know the drill!!

    ✨ do you ever just sit and think about how cute a book is and get all smiley?? when you're trying to start your homework again and you can't because you have to stop and smile more??

    ✨ I feel like roses and sunshine and glitter

    ✨ I feel like Becky Albertalli personally broke into my house and tucked me into bed and made me a warm cup of tea and asked me how I'm doing

    ✨ it literally does not matter what mood I am in or how crappy of a day I had, Simon vs. never fails to make me smile

    ✨ and can you

    there are people out there who’ve never read this book???? how sad???

    ✨ alright let's talk about this book

    ✨ Simon is basically me:

    I too only understand like 5% of life.

    I too constantly think about how much I’ve changed in the past 3 years and just go like, thank god. (no really, if someone could erase any traces of my existence before the age of 14, I would really appreciate it).

    I’m just so [clenches fist] GaY. I mean you'd think after being gay my whole life I wouldn’t be so shook when a girl looks in my general direction, but there I am, still fucking shook.

    ✨ And

    , I too have made so many connections with people on the internet that I like so much I sometimes legit sit there and think “holy shit. there are people who are LUCKY enough to see this person IN THE FLESH. ON A REGULAR DAILY BASIS. I hope they realize that the universe has aligned in their favor and they're so goddamn LUCKY”

    ✨ I love Simon. He's just so fucking likable. I mean he can be a piece of shit sometimes, but I have no right to judge him, for I too am a fucking swamp gremlin

    ✨ let's move on to my ABSOLUTE FAV though

    ✨ can you believe Bram has only made a grand total of like, 5 appearances in this book (most of which were towards the end) and my idiotic self still managed to fall completely in love with him??

    ✨ Bram is literally the softest human to ever exist. He's the human embodiment of sunshine and glitter and nice things. And I fucking love him. he's literally so gentle and so kind and he BLUSHES because that's just how BIG OF A CUTIE he is. And oh my god. I need to lie down for a second

    ✨ I know he's fictional or whatever but I really hope that the universe is this kind to him whenever he's in need because I love him and he's one of those people who would genuinely make you feel wanted and beautiful because them even looking at you makes you feel special & they’re so amazing and how could someone that radiant even exist!!!

    ✨I just really fucking love Bram, alright

    ✨ aaaand

    ✨ He's also so fucking relatable:

    he doesn't know how to continue a conversation after saying hello & he has zero communication skills and also his inner monologues are probably something like this: 'ok shit. be cool, JUST be FUCking cool for once in yur goddaMN LIFE don't be so FUCKing awkward' #same.

    He's an introvert who surrounds himself with extroverts because he doesn't think he's fun or funny and he would rather just sit there and listen while someone else has the burden of creating the mood and atmosphere.

    he literally does not possess the barest modicum of chill when it comes to his crush. yeah. let's not forget how he dragged his best friend to this school play THREE times, solely because the boy he's been hardcore pining after had a NON-SPEAKING role in it. Bram, son, I hate to be the one to break this to you but you're a total mess and I support you

    ✨ ok I'll shut up about Bram now

    ✨ how about we move on to

    ✨ you'd think after two years my obsession with this otp would be quelled by now but I guess my feelings are well acquainted with the concept of

    it's so innocent and so warm and so sickeningly sweet… the kind that makes my insides all gooey & glittery and causes my heart to flutter uncomfortably and feel like I am going to spontaneously combust!!!

    ✨ But it's also idk?? the calm and cool kind of love, it's quiet and steady & kinda feels like coming home??

    ✨I am probably being too corny but you can't look me in the eye and tell me you haven't gone through something when Bram showed up at the Ferris wheel & when he left the Elliott Smith t shirt in Simon’s locker with literally the softest love note ever and when they skipped lunch and went on an oreos adventure to the convenience store

    ✨ and '

    ' when Simon said he really wanted to hold his hand and '

    ' because Bram really wanted it to be Simon???

    ✨I MEAN HOLY SHIT STAB BE WITH A FUCKING RUSTY NAIL I WANT THIS KIND OF SOFT LOVE WITH A SOFT GIRLFRIEND!!!

    ✨ yeah anyway one day my life will not revolve around fictional characters. today is fortunately not that day

    ✨ OK but can we also talk about the fact that Bram's hints in the emails were so subtle and so lowkey and very thought out so they would eventually reveal his identity if Simon ONLY knew where to look ?? and then there's Simon who's such a fumbling dork and who couldn’t be smooth for the sake of his fucking existence?? he was so blantantly obvious with the whole "Jacques a dit" thing & rambling about his teachers that it was too easy for Bram to put two and two together?? god I love them

    ✨ and yeah. sometimes I’m sad and stressed out and feeling like shit but then, right before my eyes, I can see it: that scene where Simon calls soccer tryouts 'auditions' because he's such a massive theater dork and Bram smiles at him so softly and Simon has literally no idea what to do with himself ???? fucks me up big time

    ✨anyway, I still can’t believe we will get to witness Simon and Blue fall in love on the big screen. 2018 is saved and we're not even there yet!!!

    ✨ is it just me or is this damn review getting so fucking long??

    ✨ I wish I was this passionate about my college assignments

    ✨ anyway

    ✨ I have an abundance of feelings about Leah

    ✨ first of all, I RELATE to Leah so much (look I know what you're thinking but everyone is relatable and this book has so much of me in it. it's fucking unbelievable)

    my talent is also coming off as an inviting and warm and open person but still remaining fairly closed off??

    I'm also very familiar with those Moods where you need like, affection and validation from your friends but you resent that you have to ask for it so you end up just sulking alone in your bed wishing someone would psychically know that you need a three hours hug!!

    I too automatically assume everyone dislikes me unless EVERY individual states otherwise, as in they have to constantly tell me that they actually enjoy my presence in order for me to believe that they don’t actually secretly hate me and constantly think I’m annoying and are just being friendly to be polite!!!

    ✨ okay

    . & can we appreciate what a good friend she is?? how she emulates the open warmth only kind people effortlessly exude just by being their genuine selves??? I feel like she's one of those genuinely nice girls who tell you your hair looks good or gently let you know if you have lipstick on your teeth and make the world a little more brilliant

    ✨ I mean, remember how Simon immediately knew she was the one who picked his birthday cake because it was perfect and if anyone would remember how he could never commit to one flavor & thinks red icing tastes too red, it would be Leah?? Idk, man. Friends who are committed to recalling small details about you without you having to tell them are a warm luxury everyone deserves!!

    I've read this book twice before and how I felt about Leah feeling upset over Simon coming out to Abby

    in both times was: 'hmm, leave it to straight people to make everything about them'. I still think she could have handled that better but I also realize I can't totally discount her feelings?? I understand how hurtful it is to have to second guess where you stand in someone's heart when you're their best friend. But I'm also completely on Simon's side because I have come to learn that revealing all of you to the people who mean the most to you is the absolute hardest thing to do

    ✨ anyway I just wanted to put that out there in the universe

    ✨ okay who's next

    ✨ I also love Abby, she's a soft summer girl dappled in sunlight and she's so cute with her casual displays of friendship and platonic love, it's so good and pure and beautiful always!!

    ✨ Martin can choke on his saliva. There’s no amount of apology letters that would undo outing Simon in the most horrible way imaginable and I fucking hate him. I hate him. I hope he's out there experiencing SHIT. What a fucking dick

    alright on that last happy note, that's it for tonight's show. thank you. be kind always. goodbye and goodnight

  • Ariel

    This. Book. Was. So. Much. FUNNNN.

    It has been ages since I stayed up late reading a book, propping my eyes open just to keep going. This book had me up at 2AM wanting to find out what would happen to our precious Simon. The family relationships were fantastic, the friendship dynamics were really well done, the musical was too much fun, I loved that the romance took place over the internet, I just completely soaked it all up!

    If you're looking for a very readable, very happy, super fun book PLEASE

    This. Book. Was. So. Much. FUNNNN.

    It has been ages since I stayed up late reading a book, propping my eyes open just to keep going. This book had me up at 2AM wanting to find out what would happen to our precious Simon. The family relationships were fantastic, the friendship dynamics were really well done, the musical was too much fun, I loved that the romance took place over the internet, I just completely soaked it all up!

    If you're looking for a very readable, very happy, super fun book PLEASE PICK THIS ONE UP AND WARM UP YOUR HEART.


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