Simon Vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda

Simon Vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda

Book - 2015
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Now a major motion picture: Love, Simon, starring Nick Robinson and Katherine Langford!

William C. Morris Award Winner: Best Young Adult Debut of the Year * National Book Award Longlist

"A remarkable gift of a novel."--Andrew Smith, author of Grasshopper Jungle

"I am so in love with this book."--Nina LaCour, author of Hold Still

"Feels timelessly, effortlessly now."--Tim Federle, author of Better Nate Than Ever

"The best kind of love story."--Alex Sanchez, Lambda Award-winning author of Rainbow Boys and Boyfriends with Girlfriends

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 change-averse Simon has to find a way to step out of his comfort zone before he's pushed out--without alienating his friends, compromising himself, or fumbling a shot at happiness with the most confusing, adorable guy he's never met.

Incredibly funny and poignant, this twenty-first-century coming-of-age, coming out story--wrapped in a geek romance--is a knockout of a debut novel by Becky Albertalli.

Plus don't miss Yes No Maybe So, Becky Albertalli's and Aisha Saeed's heartwarming and hilarious new novel, coming in 2020!

Publisher: New York : Balzer + Bray, An Imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, 2015.
Edition: First edition.
ISBN: 9780062348678
0062348671
9780062792167
Branch Call Number: YA ALBERTAL
Characteristics: 303 pages ; 22 cm

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Aka, the book that inspired Love, Simon, the gay romcom we all love. Simon Vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda is more snarky that its film adaptation, and is flawless on audiobook.

The love story in this novel is so gorgeously and honestly written, that I cannot stop thinking about it months and months later.

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 change-averse Simon has to find a way to step out of his comfort zone before he's pushed... Read More »

William C. Morris Award Winner - for a debut book published by a first-time author writing for teens

Just about the cutest YA romance of 2015. Simon meets another guy who is gay but not yet out on his school's gossip tumblr, and they begin exchanging flirty emails...will they ever meet in real life?


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RR_6
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 !!!!

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_kira_
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!

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Moonlight4720
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.

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tigerlily898
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.

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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.

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