Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda Hardcover – 7 Apr 2015
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"I am so in love with this book."--Nina LaCour, author of Hold Still
"Delightfully funny and at times heart-wrenching. Readers will ache for Simon's awkwardness, cheer his small triumphs, but, most of all, fall in love with this kid and with this remarkable gift of a novel."--Andrew Smith, author of Grasshopper Jungle
"Becky Albertalli has written the best kind of love story: the kind in which you fall in love with the characters as they fall in love with each other."--Alex Sanchez, Lambda Award-winning author of Rainbow Boys and Boyfriends with Girlfriends
"Are we absolutely certain that Becky Albertalli didn't just steal the diary of a hilariously observant teenage boy? Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda is a pitch-perfect triumph of wit and wordplay that feels timelessly, effortlessly now."--Tim Federle, author of Better Nate than Ever
"Rife with realistic, high school relationships and drama, with a laugh or two at every turn, this is a coming-of-age, coming-out, and defying-the-odds story with which many teens will identify."--SLJ
"Albertalli paints a stunningly three-dimensional, cliche-free world for Simon that bursts with unforgettable characters. Savor it, because you'll read it for the first time only once. Worthy of Fault in Our Stars-level obsession."--Entertainment Weekly
"Love child of John Green and Rainbow Rowell."--Teen Vogue
"I love you, SIMON. I LOVE YOU! And I love this fresh, funny, live-out-loud book."--Jennifer Niven, bestselling author of All the Bright Places
"Funny, moving and emotionally wise."--Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
"Debut novelist Albertalli writes believably in the voice of a confused, openhearted 16-year-old. Readers will fall madly in love with Simon."--Publishers Weekly (starred review)
From the Back Cover
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 Blue, the pen name of the boy he's been emailing with, will be jeopardized.
With some messy dynamics emerging in his once tight-knit group of friends, and his email correspondence with Blue growing more flirtatious every day, Simon's junior year has suddenly gotten all kinds of complicated. 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.
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While the book doesn't have much by way of a plot, it presents a really moving character study of a gay teenager as he is forced to come out. It's really a look at why coming out is such a "big deal", contrasting the views of Simon's straight friends (many of whom don't fully understand him) with the complexity of Simon's feelings. While the story seems simple on the surface, it explores some very complicated themes as Simon struggles to define himself and discovers what he means to those around him.
The chapters are interspersed with emails between Simon and Blue. These were some of my favourite parts of the story as they felt very natural. Their relationship clearly blossomed over the course of the story and both boys, while witty and heartfelt, also had noticeably different voices. However, I didn't really think that the novel dropped enough hints as to Blue's true identity. While there were some clues later in the novel, when this is finally revealed the story tries to make it seem as though this should have been obvious despite some of the information that was available to Simon was withheld from the reader.
Yet the novel is still very sweet and I did get very invested in their relationship, ever hopeful that the two would eventually find happiness together. However, I did think that some of the secondary cast felt a bit shallow. While the cast of the story is quite large, Simon's viewpoint is understandably self-centred. All we really learn about the cast is how they react to Simon. Ultimately, we don't learn much about most of them purely because Simon doesn't know them on a personal level.
So, in all, this novel is definitely one that I would recommend. I loved Simon as a character and found that I was incredibly invested in his relationship with Blue. While it's not my favourite LGBT novel, it's definitely one that I'd recommend.
1. You will fall in love with Simon, his family, his friends, his dog and the mysterious Blue.
2. You will laugh and cry, but I promise there are much more moments of laughter and there's a happy ending to look forward to.
3. You will really, really want there to be a sequel.
This is such a lovely, well written, cosy feeling book. You've read the synopsis, I don't want to write a list of spoilers here, but to me personally, this book absolutely lives up to the hype. You know a book is really good when you don't want it to end and when it does end, you immediately look up everything else by the author that you can get your hands on. That's what Simon vs the Homosapiens Agenda is to me and I plan to read everything Becky Albertalli writes. I really hope there will be a sequel to this one!
You follow the main character Simon, who is not openly gay and has been talking to a mysterious person online known as 'Blue'. Blue goes to the same school as Simon, so as you can imagine Simon is trying his best to find out who Blue actually is. I loved everything about this book. I find it rare that I like how all the characters are written but this was one exception.
I found Simon vs the Homo Sapiens Agenda to be funny and thought provoking and found that it made me smile alot. I read this book within 2 days which for me is fast. I really couldn't put it down. I also loved the biggest message within this book. Why do gay people have to 'come out'? Shouldn't straight people have to come out too.
If you haven't read this then I strongly recommend this book to you. If you are looking for something easy to read but has a brilliant story and likeable and relatable characters then this one is for you.