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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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: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


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.”