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...

Title:Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda
Author:
Rating:
ISBN:0062348671
Edition Language:English
Number of Pages:320 pages

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.

    |

    |

    |

    |

  • Natalie

    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.

    ,

  • 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


Top Books is in no way intended to support illegal activity. We uses Search API to find the overview of books over the internet, but we don't host any files. All document files are the property of their respective owners, please respect the publisher and the author for their copyrighted creations. If you find documents that should not be here please report them. Read our DMCA Policies and Disclaimer for more details.