Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda

Paperback | June 7, 2016

byBecky Albertalli

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William C. Morris Award Winner

National Book Award Longlist

Everybody is talking about Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda!

"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.

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William C. Morris Award WinnerNational Book Award LonglistEverybody is talking about Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda!"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...

Format:PaperbackDimensions:336 pages, 8 × 5.31 × 0.76 inPublished:June 7, 2016Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:006234868X

ISBN - 13:9780062348685

Customer Reviews of Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best Book of 2016 My friend recommened this book to me and at first I was wary of it because it seems like a book that could easily be very badly written with cheesy characters, but boy was I wrong. This is one of my favourite books I have ever had the pleasure of reading, it has the perfect mix of comedy, romance, pain, friendship, and everything in between. It shows a truly normal and REAL character, one that everyone can relate it. Not to mention the just pure cute adorableness of Simon and Blue! If you haven't read this book, you definitely should, it is amazing!
Date published: 2016-11-06
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Enjoyable Cute read. Exactly what I expected
Date published: 2016-10-14
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Doesn't live up to the hype, sadly If there's one word that describes how I felt with this book, it'd be "underwhelmed." I know that's partially because of the hype and constant love for this book that's spread all over social media, but I just... didn't feel it. At times, I was actually bored with it. It wasn't a bad book, but it's not one I think I'll reread in the future. The book had some great moments. I loved that Simon had a life outside of his sexuality. He had interests and extra-curricular activities and friends - omg, so many friends. At times, it reminded me of my high school circle - friends dating friends, drama within the cirlce, etc. It was real and authentic, as was the voice of this book. His family was quirky but cool. But then there was so much this book lacked. Did Simon even have feelings? There was no serious panic over the blackmail. There was no serious panic over the Tumblr post during Christmas break. There was no real emotion, and I NEED emotion in books. I need to feel something. There was no real plot, no major action. Even the conflict was lackluster. Everything wrapped up too neatly and easily. It was so unrealistic. I live in the deep south. People aren't this accepting. (Some, yes, but the majority, no) It just all fell so flat. We walked through day by day life with Simon, watched him obsess over a boy while he had no other real feelings, and then we had this super lackluster Blue reveal. Like I said, it wasn't a *bad* book at all. I actually finished it, which says more for it than 75% of the books I attempt to read. It held my attention (for the most part), but about 160 pages in, it just started to falter. In all honesty, it didn't even feel like an LGBT book to me. It was just too light and breezy. It wasn't heavy, even in moments that could've (and maybe even should've) been heavy. For me, it's a one time read. If you're looking to branch into LGBT books, you can start here. It's not uncomfortable, and it fits the typical YA romance quota. Other people seem to absolutely love it.
Date published: 2015-09-14

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Editorial Reviews

“What makes this title special is its focus on the sweet, romantic feelings associated with nascent romance so often missing in LGBTQ literature. Romantic and sweet, give this one to fans of David Levithan’s Boy Meets Boy.”