Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky AlbertalliSimon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli

Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda

byBecky Albertalli

Paperback | June 7, 2016

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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.

Title:Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens AgendaFormat:PaperbackProduct dimensions:336 pages, 8 × 5.31 × 0.76 inShipping dimensions:8 × 5.31 × 0.76 inPublished:June 7, 2016Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:006234868X

ISBN - 13:9780062348685


Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing! This book was such an amazing read! Not too difficult, but it had amazing characters and an incredible relatable storyline! Recommended for anyone!
Date published: 2019-08-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great book about coming out and understanding the struggles that come with it Honestly I didn't think I would enjoy this book as much as I did. I thought it would be sappy, but I actually found it to be such a great and important read. The characters were real and relatable, at you could feel where they were coming from. I think this book is such an important story to understand the struggles that so many young people are going through today, and everyone (straight or not) should read it. A must read for anyone and everyone.
Date published: 2019-06-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from amazing and important book! one of my favourite books ever! amazing story filled with great diversity! both the book and its movie adaptation really personally helped me in my own coming-out journey as a (then) closeted 15yr gay :)
Date published: 2019-06-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from favourite book i read this in march and still is my fabvourrite book. intersting, dynamic charcters and great stryline. great book overall.
Date published: 2018-12-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A beautiful coming-of-age and coming out tale It’s a book you’ve probably heard a great deal of hype over since it was first published back in 2015 and again this year as the movie was released. Well, believe the hype because this story is worth every bit of praise it’s earned. A beautiful coming-of-age and coming out tale, this book shares the story of a closeted gay teen named Simon who begins an online correspondence with a fellow gay classmate who calls himself Blue. Blue and Simon don’t know each other’s true identities but they quickly become connected through their emails. For the first time in his life, Simon doesn’t feel so alone. When a fellow classmate finds out about his secret emails and begins blackmailing him, Simon is faced with the tough decision of protecting himself (and Blue) for fear of being outed to the entire school, or his friends. This book is heartwarming, relatable, and has the feel-good vibe of a classic coming of age story combined with the humour and comfort of realizing you aren’t alone in your experiences. I love the representation this story brings to today’s youth by shining a light on the LGBT+ community in a way that doesn’t feel preachy or traumatic but instead is sweet and hilarious. It perfectly tackles the reality of homophobia and dealing with your sexuality + coming out while still being an uplifting story about friends, family, and young romance. The characters are incredibly charming and relatable, starting with Simon, whose voice feels genuine as a mix of wonderfully weird and nerdy but also the kind of friend you definitely want to have. It’s a book I wish had been around when I was a teenager and one that I know will be important to so many. If you loved this, be sure to check out the sequel (Leah on The Offbeat) and companion novels (The Upside of Unrequited) also by Becky Albertalli as well as another of my favourites, Aristotle And Dante Discover The Secrets of The Universe by Benjamin Alire Saenz.
Date published: 2018-09-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved everything about it! Loved loved LOVED everything about this book! The characters, the story, the writing, everything. Apparently it’s possible to get achingly attached to characters even if it takes you less than 24 hours to read the book. Did I mention I loved this book?
Date published: 2018-08-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from THE BEST LGBTQ BOOK EVER This book changed my world and so many other peoples world.
Date published: 2018-08-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing! This book was so easy to read and interesting that I finished it very quickly. The writing is great and the characters feel real as well, which is always nice.
Date published: 2018-08-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Really nice! I bought this book a few days ago and I just finished it last night. It's one of those books where you get so caught up in the story you don't want to put it down until you read the last page. I saw the movie before even realizing that it was based on a book. The book is a fair bit different from the movie, but its still amazing!
Date published: 2018-08-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from loved it! An easy and adorable read. Definitely recommend it to anyone who loves to read
Date published: 2018-08-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from adorable!! This book is one of my new favorites. Really enjoyed it!!
Date published: 2018-08-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from So good!!!!! Just read this book and it was absolutely amazing!! I fell in love with every singe character. It was sooooo well done and I am so excited to see the movie!! It really brought the intentions to everyone about what people go through with things people can't control like this. Everyone should read this book!!!
Date published: 2018-08-19
Rated 4 out of 5 by from super cute and easy to read A light and easy read that I breezed through. It had so many adorbable moments.
Date published: 2018-08-15
Rated 4 out of 5 by from cute and easy Easy read - you will get through it fast. Hope to see a sequel of the film based on Leah on the Off Beat!
Date published: 2018-08-14
Rated 4 out of 5 by from CUTE This book was the cuter than any other YA romance book I've ever read. The language and content was a bit more mature than I expected though. #plumreview
Date published: 2018-08-13
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Teen angst The book that was the basis for the movie Love, Simon. Loved the movie but also loved the book which was quite different. Sixteen year old Simon is not openly gay but when an email falls into the wrong hands he has to balance being blackmailed with trying to also find the anonymous student he has found and fallen in love with over email. Great read on the struggles of being in the closet, pressure of family and friends and young teen love.
Date published: 2018-08-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Highly recommend this book Oh my gosh this book was so heartfelt and made me so happy. It is such a good read I would highly recommend this book. It is a great YA contemporary book. #plumreview
Date published: 2018-08-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from adorable I just started reading this but i've seen the movie and I am in love with Simon and all his struggles! So relatable
Date published: 2018-07-30
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Heart filled book! The recently made this book into a movie and the movie didn't do the book justice. It was such a good book with lots of cute funny moments.
Date published: 2018-07-27
Date published: 2018-07-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Favourite book!!!!!!!!!! I bought this book because the movie was coming out and I wanted to read the book before seeing the movie. Its a heart warming coming of age book. I highly recommend this book to anyone who loves coming of age and romance books.
Date published: 2018-07-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fantastically written! I loved this book. It was heartwarming from start to finish, so sweet and attention-grabbing, and the ending left me feeling really happy, which you don't see a lot in LGBTQ literature. Becky did a fantastic job with this one, and I can't wait to read more of her works, too!
Date published: 2018-07-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Simon is the main character. It is easy to either fall for him or relate to at some capacity. The movie is just as a good.
Date published: 2018-07-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I LOVE IT I can't even begin to tell you how much I LOVED this story. I automatically fell in love with Simon and I found myself wishing I could be his friend in real life hahaha. I was genuinely sad after I finished this book and I wish it would have never stopped. Everything felt right and I never thought that a certain passage shouldn't have made the final cut. Every chapter were a delight to me.
Date published: 2018-07-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Such a CUTE Story This book was absolutely great, and the movie was just as good!
Date published: 2018-07-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved Every Second This book was just so fluffy and cute and ahh, I loved it. Becky Albertalli definitely knows how to tell a story in which there's never a dull moment. I was half expecting this book to be kind of cheesy, but it wasn't in the slightest, and that made it so much more enjoyable. I can't wait to see the movie, and to read more of Becky Albertalli's books in the future!
Date published: 2018-07-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved it so much I read it twice! I can’t freaking even. I loved this book like I love breathing. I need it to live. I might also now need this book to leave. I haven’t given it away to test it. This was glorious. It was one of the most heart warming, wonderful, stupendous books I have ever read. I would have loved to have read this book earlier in life, or had this book exist when I was younger because the subject matter is so damn important. The characters are vulnerable, strong, loving, and flawed. They are beautiful, charismatic, amusing and just plain wonderful. Every word of this book was a freaking gift to me. Love it. Can’t wait to see the movie. Can’t wait to read more by Becky Albertalli. Just love ❤
Date published: 2018-07-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from New favourite book I don't usually read contemporary books but was in the mood for something quick and cute and decided to pick this up as I'd heard it fits these criteria. I got so much more than I bargained for. The writing was funny and cute but also skillful in the way it sets up for the ending. I have to admit I figured out the big reveal before it was shown but there were other little things that I didn't realize and found that to be really fun. The romance is so adorable and relatable but this book is more than that. The family relationships and friendships are also very poignant and not everything is all sunshine and rainbows, as it is in real life. Each character is distinguishable and fun to get to know in their own right. There is important discussion about how coming out should never be dictated by anyone besides the person who has to decide and also little bits about racial and cultural identity as well. Overall, this book is absolutely amazing and comes highly highly recommended. It is a new all time favourite of mine and if it definitely deserves all the hype it gets.
Date published: 2018-07-01
Rated 4 out of 5 by from New Favourite! I read the book and absolutely had to see the movie. The movie differed from the book, but both were fantastic. The characters in the book were adorable which made the book extremely enjoyable. #plumreviews
Date published: 2018-07-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love, Love, Love!!!! I was debating buying this book forever, and I was finally motivated after hearing how great the film was, and I'm so sad that I waited so long to buy it! Simon vs. the Homo sapiens agenda is honestly one of my favourite books ever, the plot is interesting and all the characters are three dimensional it's hard not to love this book!
Date published: 2018-06-27
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A-freaking-dorable this book is so cute! I watched the movie first, which I also loved. This movie was absolutely adorable and the whole story was the cutest especially for romance lovers. The book was wonderful and so was the movie. However, be prepared to be disappointed if you like movies more then books because individually the both are really different with the same characters and plot. Anyways, I highly recommend this novel and don't forget to watch the movie!
Date published: 2018-06-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Must Read I read this book in no less than 4 hours. It is a truly wonderful book. I laughed, I cried, I quickly fell in love with Simon, Leah, Nick & Blue. As soon as I finished the book, I wanted to start over and read it again! This book quickly became one of my favourites, and I would highly recommend!
Date published: 2018-06-26
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Cute and funny I'm not in love with this book but I liked it. The friendship between the characters is something all teenagers want in their lives. They really care about each other and that's very cool! Simon is a character that a lot of teenagers can relate to. The family was very cute and it is a element that should be used more in YA books.
Date published: 2018-06-26
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Love Read this book in 4 days. Couldn't keep it down even though I was in the middle of my shift work set!!
Date published: 2018-06-26
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A masterpiece I bought this a month ago and didn't end up reading it until now. The story is well written and captivating.
Date published: 2018-06-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Perfect Honestly, the best way for me to describe this book is with a smile. Albertalli took me on a journey from start to finish with the story of Simon Spier fumbling his way through high school and his sexual identity. As I read each page, the story unexplainably crept it's way into my heart and exploded with warm and fuzzy feelings. Perhaps it is because there is just this whole other level of reliability to this story for me, in high school I didn't really see my reality reflected in literature but Simon gave me that; or perhaps it was because Albertalli masterfully developed each character and made me really feel like I knew these people; or maybe it was the fact that we all just need a light hearted love story right now. Whatever it is, this book has certainly become one of my all time favourites. I do not read a lot of YA but after this book, I think I will definitely read more from Albertalli. Furthermore, I am happy to see that this story has gotten wide spread attention with the movie adaptation Love, Simon. I believe the message of stories, which tackle important issues in such a positive way, are the best to send to teenagers today, as their world's become fogged with13 Reasons Why-sque dramatizations. For this reason, I truly hope this book can stand the test of time and offer an outlet for those who need a little reassurance that everything will be ok
Date published: 2018-06-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved it!! A friend had this book, and I wanted to read it too, so I bought it. best decision ever. I actually love this book so much! I read it one night I could not put it down it was so good! It is heartwarming, and so good I did the internal screaming thing, which I only do with a select few books. This is one of or maybe even my all time favourite book. I totally recommend this book 13/10! I was so happy at the end. The movie is not as great, but the book is awesome!!!
Date published: 2018-06-22
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Enjoyable A cute and fast read. Very good edition to the LGBT genre. Only complaint was that 'Blue' was too guessable for me.
Date published: 2018-06-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I cried and cheered for Simon Absolutely one of the most profoundly wonderful books I have ever read. I cried so many times reading this book, feeling for Simon. It's wholesome, honest and beautiful. Not to mention the positive, millennial vibe. I will excitedly read anything Becky writes!!
Date published: 2018-06-21
Rated 2 out of 5 by from ... not good There was so much hype around this book, and I just could not get into it. I gave it two stars because I appreciated the musical references and the character development was well established without being too 'wordy' But as for the actual story, in my opinion- it was cliche and played out. Do not recommend.
Date published: 2018-06-20
Rated 3 out of 5 by from A little disappointing The book was more interesting and less cliché than the film but I think the film was more entertaining overall
Date published: 2018-06-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Surprisingly entertaining Cute and hilarious and well-written. Simon is such a well-loved character in my heart. Definitely worth the read, especially for support of the LGBTQ+ community!
Date published: 2018-06-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fluffy perfection This book is sheer perfection. The characters, the plot, the message...all so beautiful. Definitely one of my favourites!
Date published: 2018-06-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from before the movie i read this book before the movie was even an idea. it was so good that i am scared to watch the movie aha. 100% recommend
Date published: 2018-06-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Bro! So good! I genuinely loved reading this so much it made me feel so many emotions
Date published: 2018-06-07
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Solid book A cute and quick read that covers the horribleness of high school kids and the importance of friendship and family.
Date published: 2018-06-04
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Better than the movie, obviously! I love romance, but this one has dangerous levels of cute. I loved how they sent emails back and forth! So adorably adorable! In this age of texting, emailing is just super cute to me. Waiting eagerly for an email, that anticipation, so romantic! I was grinning and giggling like a fool whenever I read their emails to each other. They were so obviously into each other and I had my hand pressed to my chest as I witnessed these two adorable boys fall in love. I was rooting for them the entire time & I'm so happy! All in all, this book was incredible. It was beautifully written with a funny, relatable narrator. The love story was so painfully adorable. The serious aspects were handled flawlessly. The life lessons and anecdotes were simply perfect.
Date published: 2018-05-31
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Put such a big smile on my face! This made me smile, laugh & cry. It was perfect! Simon was extremely lovable and the romance was so cute. I really admired the bravery and courage of the characters and also loved his family and how they dealt with situations. Such a perfect YA contemporary. Also, the movie was absolutely wonderful. #plumreview
Date published: 2018-05-31
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great read - couldn't put it down! I was charmed by this book. Not sure what to expect, I bought it on a whim and I'm so glad that I did. It is a quick read as it's written in a conversational style, but it really is the story that tugs at your heart. No matter how old you are - a teenager, in your 30s like myself, or older, it will warm your heart.
Date published: 2018-05-31
Rated 5 out of 5 by from left me feeling immense joy! I absolutely loved this book. I was completely engaged from the very beginning and it left me laughing out loud and feeling giddy. This book is absolutely perfect. Simon had a pretty relatable issue with coming out. This book should be read by everyone!
Date published: 2018-05-28
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Gah, this pulled on my heart. So good! This book was just what I needed. It had wonderful characters, the plot was good and I overall enjoyed every moment reading this. It was cute, sweet, light and hilarious and I would so re-read this. It's so fun to read.
Date published: 2018-05-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from LOVED IT! Everything about this book was amazing! The characters, the story, the relationships! 100% recommend! Also go watch the movie after you read the book because it's great to!
Date published: 2018-05-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Everything you could want! Harry Potter references, LGBTQ+ representation, an adorable protagonist and supporting characters, a heartwarming romance and plot. Everyone needs to read this.
Date published: 2018-05-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Buy it! Love this book. Simon's story is beautiful, the book is well-written, and the characters are well thought out. What are you waiting for?
Date published: 2018-05-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Book Once I started reading it, I could not stop. It was a great easy read.
Date published: 2018-05-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Filed under: all time favourite Such a great book and so well written! I couldn't put the book down! Whoever you are, you will connect with this book and you will be rooting for Simon until the end.
Date published: 2018-05-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I ADORED THIS BOOK i read it in 3 days and was so heartwrenchingly beautiful and i loved it!! jacques andblue forever!
Date published: 2018-05-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The writing is excellent The writing in this book is so easy. I have to admit, I liked the movie a bit better because the plot was more efficient. I suggest reading the book first, then seeing the movie! But both are excellent, and this story is very important! Also, this book is very well written.
Date published: 2018-04-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from My Absolute Favourite! Honestly the perfect teen coming of age story for this generation. Perfect for all ages. I laughed, I cried, felt happiness and heartbreak. 10/10 would recommend. #plumreview
Date published: 2018-04-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from simon spier for president i am so happy this book exists and i'm so proud of it's impact on people's lives. i can see why this book has been life-changing for some readers. also, one of the realest depictions of high school i've ever read about.
Date published: 2018-04-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from such a great story This book is a perfect depiction of a teen's life. #plumreview
Date published: 2018-04-22
Rated 4 out of 5 by from great read! I read this because I wanted to see love, Simon and compare it to the book, and while you could def tell at times that it was written by a straight person, it hit on some important key points and overall was just a great, fun loving read!
Date published: 2018-04-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved loved loved This is such a great book. It's well-written, has great, well-rounded characters, and is very compelling and funny. Just great!
Date published: 2018-04-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from My new favourite EVER! I had gotten this book as a gift a few weeks prior to the movie being released and I absolutely loved it! A mix of comedy, love, and family, as well as growing up is what you will find. I would absolutely recommend
Date published: 2018-04-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from So Good Saw the movie first and then picked this up right after from the indigo next door, a fun and cute read
Date published: 2018-04-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great book! A classic love story with a strong message of finding yourself! Love it!
Date published: 2018-04-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from great this book was really cute and not your usual coming out story. it was very age appropriate and used technology in a great way. it was also really amusing and the movie is great. if you like this book you should definitely watch the movie
Date published: 2018-04-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing! Rarely do books ever live up to the hype for me, this one delivered though. From the first sentence Simon's world becomes your own, the character development was phenomenal and Becky Albertalli really captured what high school is really like. Worth the hype and a must buy.
Date published: 2018-03-31
Rated 5 out of 5 by from OMG Becky Albertalli knows how to write teenagers!! LOVED IT
Date published: 2018-03-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from WOAH This. This book. It gave me all the feels. I was happy, sad, angry. Everything about this novel made me never want to put it down. READ THIS BOOK!
Date published: 2018-03-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Just wow I 100% recommend this book to anyone who comes accross it! Soooo good and really relevant! I could hardly put it down!
Date published: 2018-03-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fantastic! Such a great story! I'm usually not one for cute love stories but I'm glad I gave this book a shot.
Date published: 2018-03-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved this! Such a fun read with so much heart. Absolutely loved it!
Date published: 2018-03-19
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Simon This book is a really great read - has a lot of heart, relatable and charming.
Date published: 2018-03-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love! I bought it and finished within a week, amazing story!! Can't wait to watch the movie adaption.
Date published: 2018-03-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I LOVED it It was such an amazing book, with a great story! Read this because i heard the movie's coming out (i'm watching it tomorrow, and it looks amazing) but the whole novel just shares an important message. I loved the writing it felt very personal and the characters were all unique and i loved them! Would 100% recommend :)
Date published: 2018-03-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I love this book! I bought this book on a friends recommendation and I'm so glad I did! It was a super easy, light hearted read and the entire story is cute and it will make you fall in love with love!
Date published: 2018-03-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Super Cute I read this in one sitting it was so good. Super easy to read while still having an amazing plot!
Date published: 2018-03-07
Rated 4 out of 5 by from CUTE CUTE CUTE Seems appropriate that I read a cute rom com on Valentine's Day I found that I sometimes got lost and my head definitely wasn't into as much as I excepted (although that's probably cause I read this in class - no joke finished this in 2hrs while my prof was droning on about modernism in Scotland) BUT romance is cute and awesome
Date published: 2018-03-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love, Love, Love, Love This Book!!! Love it! I love Simon, his friends, and his parents. I also really enjoyed his emails with Blue. It was a wonderful read and I finished it in one day. I wish it would never have ended!
Date published: 2018-03-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Incredible An amazing read, incredible characters and story movement
Date published: 2018-03-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Head Over Heels For This Book! I was SOOO not prepared for the epic cuteness that is Simon and Blue! After months of hearing non-stop about this book I finally gave it a shot and I almost died of cuteness overload! Is that a thing? Because it wouldn’t be a bad way to go at all, just saying… I was instantly hooked from the very first line of the book because the main issue was introduced right off the bat (Simon gets blackmailed). Becky Albertalli sure knows how to pique interest and keep it up the entire way through the book. Her writing is just so flawlessly witty, sarcastic, and funny, and the world she has created is so beautiful. There was so much authenticity to the story, and I love how the LGBTQ characters were handled! Simon and Blue’s emails were so much fun to read because they were just so heartfelt and nothing felt fake about their relationship. I also adored the secondary characters as well! Leah was just so different and she had so much spunk about her! She wasn’t afraid to get real and be blunt about everything. Abby was just so much fun and so vibrant. Nick was such a guy’s guy, with his sports and video games and his incessant crush on Abby. All the characters were just so perfect and they complimented each other. I even kind of loved Marty (even though he was technically the bad guy) as a character because while he had a twisted agenda, he could be funny and adorkable. Now let me just take a moment to shed some light on my newfound love for Simon Spier. I felt like I totally related to him on a personal level. He was so witty and sarcastic and smart and I found similarities in our outside-the-box ways of thinking. Throughout the novel he grew so much as a person, shedding the weight of his secret and proudly displaying his authentic self. This book wasn’t just about Simon coming out, though. It was about friendship, love, hurt, overcoming fear, breaking down stereotypes, diversity, lies, betrayal, self-love, and so much more. There were so many powerful messages and themes in this beautiful book. The story just has so much heart and soul and it had me giddy and smiling from ear to ear and squealing every ten seconds. I totally fell head over heels for this story and it made me feel so many things all at once. This book was a definite roller coaster of emotions for me. I need more Becky Albertalli right now! Her writing was a breath of fresh air to me and I almost wish the book went on forever.
Date published: 2018-02-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing! I've seen many recommendations for this book over the years, but it wasn't really on my mind until I saw an ad for the movie on YouTube. The plot of the story seemed incredibly interesting, and for a week I kept thinking about wanting to read the book. The other day I went to the mall, saw this book on sale, and thought this was as good a time as any to read it, and I'm so happy I did! It binged the whole thing in under ten hours, and I enjoyed every second of it. Even when I started to piece together who Blue was early in the book, I was still so intrigued as to how the story would play out. As an LGBT+ teen, it was a super fun read, and I would definitely recommend!
Date published: 2018-02-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved it! My cynical, "romances are the worst" little heart just grew five sizes. I was straight up GRINNING reading this book, swooning like an idiot. Definitely can recommend this! Also, I saw an advance screening of the movie adaptation and loved it so go see that too!
Date published: 2018-02-14
Rated 4 out of 5 by from So important Great portrayal of the diversity and LGBTQ community. Can't wait for the film adaptation
Date published: 2018-02-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from can't wait to see movie and get follow up book absolutely beautiful, Becky Albertalli captures the LGBTQ community and inclusiveness its heartwarming and necessary and again absolutely beautiful
Date published: 2018-02-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from All I have to say is amazing!! This book has humour, mystery, and drama that makes it a great book that I would 100% recommend. I can not wait for the movie
Date published: 2018-02-08
Rated 4 out of 5 by from great read am ready for the movie to come out soon this author is trruly an artist
Date published: 2018-02-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing Loved the book .. looking forward to the movie!!
Date published: 2018-01-15
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great! Such a funny, cute, and relatable read. Highly recommend!
Date published: 2018-01-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing book!! I read this book earlier in the year and absolutely fell in love with it! The characters and the story were so endearing and wonderful! the writing was beautiful and I overall REALLY enjoyed it!! It has great LGBTQ+ representation in it and a really cute romance which I adore! Great contemporary YA novel!
Date published: 2018-01-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing! Absolute amazing. This book took less than 24 hours for me to finish as I wasn't unable to put it down. It's characters make it a must read alone.
Date published: 2017-12-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from five stars An adorable and heart-warming read
Date published: 2017-12-29
Rated 4 out of 5 by from great read funny, new, inspiring, and different. could not put this novel down.
Date published: 2017-11-10
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Cute! I really enjoyed this! I didn't like it very much for the first 80 pages or so. I thought the writing was tedious and focused on annoying, mundane details and unimportant parts of conversations. But it changed after the 80 or so page mark, and I started to really enjoy it. I absolutely loved the emails between Simon and Blue, and I'm telling you, I thought I knew who Blue was, I thought I knew the entire time, and I was wrong, so that makes me happy. It was cute. Definitely. The only thing that actually really bothered me throughout the book, was they kept calling it "the" tumbr, instead of just tumblr. And they mentioned "the" tumlr a lot. ha.
Date published: 2017-10-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A YA Classic This book is so wonderful. As soon as i finished reading it i instantly started over from page one. The characters were so lovely and Becky managed to make them so lifelike. Truly an amazing story!!
Date published: 2017-10-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I loved this book! I recently read this book and loved the writing as well as the plot, it was unlike anything I've ever read.
Date published: 2017-10-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from This book was amazing This book is so good and very relatable. I wish i could forget the amazing ending just so i can read it again with the same thrill and mystery like the first time i read it
Date published: 2017-10-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from please read this book! I just finished reading this book and WOW it made me both happy and sad at the time. You'll laugh and cry and fall in love with Simon so quickly
Date published: 2017-09-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great! This book was both cute and sad all at the same time. It was relatable, and the author captured the high school tone very well. An easy, fun read. One thing I will say is that sometimes the story moved too fast and I would get a bit lost. But other than that, it was a great read!
Date published: 2017-09-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Please read it! This book made my heart so happy. it is perfect everything about it is perfect i love it
Date published: 2017-09-11
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Full of Love and Fluff! This was recommended to me by a good friend. The novel had its ups and downs. It wasn't perfect but I enjoyed it a lot, especially the great humour of our dear Simon. Definitely pick this book up if you have the chance!
Date published: 2017-09-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from really good book good characters, the ending makes you smile and i would and will re-read it it again
Date published: 2017-08-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Super cute! A very quirky and unique LGBT novel. It will keep you on your toes for sure!
Date published: 2017-08-18
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Doesn't deserve the hype or the movie This book was super recommended everywhere so I decided to read it. It's not as great as everyone says as the plot is cliche and the characters weren't developed really well. But overall, it was a satisfying read for a YA novel but didn't live up to expectations.
Date published: 2017-08-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Incredibly enjoyable I took a day away from everything and read this book in one sitting. It was a great. I was sad to put it down. The characters are so relatable and the story keeps you on your toes. #plumreviews
Date published: 2017-08-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing! Super fun! I literally just finished reading this book 15 minutes ago. I have got to say, that it is on my list of books I ABSOLUTELY ADORE. I started and finished the book in one sitting, ITS THAT GOOD! This is definitely a young adult novel, so if you do not typically read YA I am not sure this would work for you. This novel was a definite journey, trying to figure out who Blue is. It's a novel that will have you reminiscing on your days in high school, and the relationships will make you giddy like a 15 year old girl. If you are trying to decide whether or not to read it, READ IT. I will definitely be checking out more of the authors work, and I will be first in line to watch the film adaptation. If this review was all over the place, it's because this novel had me so giddy that I can't even think straight (no pun intended) .
Date published: 2017-07-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Thoroughly enjoyed this novel. If you happen to have stumbled onto this book, please do yourself a favour and pick it up. It's a sweet story with a hint of mystery. I was just as clueless as Simon was.
Date published: 2017-07-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A wonderful book that'll keep you guessing! This book revolves all on Simon trying to figure out who Blue is. So as readers, we get to follow Simon on his journey on him figuring out who Blue is, while watching them slowly fall in love! While reading this book, I made several guesses as to who Blue is, and the one I suspected the most was correct! I just love how you got to see Simon and Blue's friendship grow the more they emailed each other. It was quite different compared to many other stories because instead of them falling in love with things like their "gorgeous blue eyes" or their "beautiful smile", they kind of fell in love from the inside out. As in they fell in love with their personalties first, then with their physical features. The day at school after Simon meets Blue for the first time was by far my favourite scene of the whole book! I especially love the part when Simon brushes Blue's leg and exhales the biggest sigh of life; it was so cute and hilarious! So go read this book for the humour, the mystery, and of course, the cutesy romance!
Date published: 2017-07-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from So cute! This was the cutest book i've read so far this year! Simon is such an adorable character and i fell in love with all his family. I love everything of this book from the writing, to the characters and the story.
Date published: 2017-07-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Awesome! Highly recommend, great coming of age novel!
Date published: 2017-07-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from really good book a really unique lgbt book, i really enjoyed it
Date published: 2017-06-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Quick Read! Such a cute and fluffy story with amazing representation
Date published: 2017-06-28
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda. Albertalli, Becky Simon’s pretty sure no one will be upset when he comes out as gay. Though he lives in Georgia and kids at his high school can be cruel, his friends and family are all very accepting. But announcing that he likes guys is still a huge transformation. That’s why he is so spooked when classmate Martin stumbles on secret, flirty e-mails Simon has been sending to Blue, a mysterious boy at his school, and gently threatens to reveal his secret. As the e-mail correspondence heats up, however, Simon is less concerned with keeping his sexuality a secret than he is with meeting the enchanting Blue. In Simon’s affecting and authentic voice, debut author Albertalli supplies an exceptionally nuanced account of his coming-of-age. For Simon, coming out is less about negative repercussions as it is about what such a statement will change. After telling everyone he is gay, will he still be the same Simon? Though Martin’s blackmail threats and Simon’s dreamy romance with Blue are pivotal, compelling plot points, Albertalli shrewdly gives much more weight to Simon’s emotional journey. Though they are certainly tied to his sexual orientation, Simon’s worries will resonate with many readers coming to terms with something new about themselves. Albertalli’s sensitive, incisive novel expertly gets at the complexity of identity, the difficulty of change, and the importance of growth.
Date published: 2017-06-17
Rated 4 out of 5 by from My daughter loved this My 12 year old daughter read this and hasn't stopped talking about it! She loved the story and the characters. Such a great book she says. #plumreview
Date published: 2017-06-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from !!! SUCH a sweet book, and very down-to-earth. I felt no need to exercise my suspension-of-disbelief muscles while reading it and though I've been out of high school for quite some time I related to the characters. Nothing is over-dramatic and the book doesn't do the horrific YA thing where they beat a dead horse for 30 chapters only to have it come to life in the epilogue. I have no idea if that analogy made sense but the gist of it is: this book is awesome, you should totally read it, I need 6000 more books like this, please and thanks.
Date published: 2017-05-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great! Such a great read and beautiful story. Super interesting, didn't want to put it down.
Date published: 2017-05-20
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A delight! This book put a smile on my face (almost) the whole time! It is quite a quick read, as you won't be able to put it down after a few chapters. I loved Simon so much and I am kind of sad that we are not friends. His sense of humor is perfect. And Blue! OMG, he is the most precious thing! If you are looking for a light book, but that still has depth and talks about real issues, get this one!
Date published: 2017-05-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Simply Amazing I loved the diversity and how realistic the characters seemed
Date published: 2017-05-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Lovely! I heard this was being made into a film and so I'm really excited because after reading this and loving each character to death and the unique twist in the plot, I'm really excited how they'll adapt it. Nonetheless, it's a wonderful story with realistic and funny characters. Highly recommend
Date published: 2017-04-28
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Nice I liked it. Enjoyed reading this book!
Date published: 2017-04-26
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great book I loved the characters and the storyline, overall it was a really nice read.
Date published: 2017-04-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Really loved this book This book was great. It was something new that I haven't read something like before and I loved it. Great characters
Date published: 2017-04-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from LOVED IT I loved all the characters and it was fun trying to figure out who blue was.
Date published: 2017-04-10
Rated 4 out of 5 by from AMAZINGLY RELATABLE I read this book in one sitting. I could not put it down! The story is heartwarmingly cute and relatable. A definite must read.
Date published: 2017-04-07
Rated 3 out of 5 by from A Simple Story I'm glad that so many people love this book and resonate with it, but I was somewhat underwhelmed. It was a cute story but very surface level, as in it didn't leave any kind of impact. Considering how many people adore this book, however, I'd say give it a go if it sounds interesting to you.
Date published: 2017-03-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from So Fluffy! The book is really fluffy and I love it so much!
Date published: 2017-03-02
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Adorable! I thought this book was great! Just the right amount of cuteness and love to satisfy my romantic soul. Martin definitely had a punch-worthy personality, Simon's friends and family are hilarious and great, and just Simon and Blue's email exchanges gave life to this book. Highly recommend!
Date published: 2017-02-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Warm fluffy Heartwarming book that leaves all fuzzy inside, highly reccomended!
Date published: 2017-02-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Be prepared to have warm & fuzzy feelings Gah this book was too cute. Is it possible to be grinning on each page? (Well minus the non-funny parts but still). I figured out who Blue was after Jacques sent a list to Blue about the characteristics and qualities he thought the real Blue had and Blue turned said no to all except one. I'm really happy about the real life Blue because he's so freaking adorable. :D Simon and him are both are. Simon's family was pretty awesome and so were his friends hahaa.
Date published: 2017-02-18
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Love! This book is exactly what I had hoped for and more. If you are into LGBTQ novels this definitley a must read!
Date published: 2017-02-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from This Is The Greatest I listened to this as an audio book, because I didn't know if I would like it. I ended up loving this book. It wrapped up really well, not cutting things short as many contemporary books tend to do. It did have romance, but the story was really centered on our main character, who was absolutely great. Overall, I will for sure read it again. It made me so unbelievably happy.
Date published: 2017-01-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A MUST READ this book was in my tbr pile and when i finally read it, i couldn't stop. the book kept me up till 3 am giggling and reading. I LOVE THE BOOK
Date published: 2017-01-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Funny from what I remember, this good was kind of funny and kind of sad. worth buying and worth reading for sure.
Date published: 2017-01-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from LOVED IT! There was a LOT of hype around this book online upon it's release in 2015, but I waited until 2016 to read it. I was nervous that I wouldn't like after the hype died down a bit. I AM SO GLAD I read it! I highly recommend it!
Date published: 2016-12-21
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

Editorial Reviews

“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.”