Simon Vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda

Simon Vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda

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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, will be compromised. 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.
Publisher: New York, NY : Balzer + Bray, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, [2015]
Edition: First edition
Copyright Date: ©2015
ISBN: 9780062348678
0062348671
Branch Call Number: YF ALBER-B
Characteristics: 303 pages ; 22 cm

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Chapel_Hill_KrystalB Jun 17, 2018

Ehhh. I liked this one okaaay. I mean... it's a solid story with interesting, well-developed characters. But it reads like so much realistic YA fiction with all its sarcasm and wittiness that it doesn't feel new to me at all. With that being said, I'm an adult and I know teens love it, so honestly, take this review with a grain of salt.

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susan_findlay
May 28, 2018

Very quick light read. I fully understand why it won all the awards. The characters feel real and diversity (racial, religious and sexual orientation) is frequently mentioned in a throwaway fashion because it just isn't a big deal - with the obvious exception of the threat to "out" Simon. (Even in that case, he's more concerned about the impact on others than on himself.) They're also fully believable as high school students.

The back-and-forth between chapters of emails and chapters of narration keep things moving quickly. I read it in one day.

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JacquelynBibb
May 24, 2018

This story was absolutely fantastic. From the lovable characters and their dialog to the incredibly worded plot twist, this story is one to read for any person regardless of sexuality. Becky Albertalli is outstanding and her work needs to be well recognized.

DBRL_KrisA May 07, 2018

I need more of this kind of story in my life. I really liked most of it, and loved the rest. Most of the characters aren't really fleshed out a lot, which made the big reveal not quite as exciting as it could have been, but the story, and especially the love story, were really sweet. I really wish I could have had this kind of a romance in high school, and I think a lot of readers, male or female, gay or straight, will enjoy that aspect of the story - the shy awkwardness, the stolen kisses, the inability to even remotely believe this is happening to you!!! Ahem.

I really think this would be a fun book for any teen or adult to read. There is some discussion of sex - not sexuality, as in gay or straight, but sex, as in sex - which may make this a little too mature for younger readers; parents may want to read it first. (Which, I mean, you should read it anyhow, because it really is a good book!)

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blue_panda_4399
Apr 27, 2018

brooooooo this book got me going crazy i screamed through the whole book i cant thins is my favorite book you guys will like it

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mswrite
Mar 25, 2018

So many kinds of terrific I hardly know where to start. I will say I wish this book (and sympathetic and observant family therapists like author Becky Albertalli) had been around when I was Simon's age. To say it would have helped me and certain others of my peers struggling with The Secret is a ginormous understatement.

I liked Simon right away. And liked that Blue, the e-object of his growing affection, turned out to be someone he absolutely did not expect; it felt quite right that sweet, perceptive Blue was more or less right there in front of Simon all along.

Also I loved Simon's family and friends, especially outgoing newcomer Abby and moody, mercurial Leah, Simon's best friend. Leah was particularly intriguing, and as the story progressed I worried about her, too.

Finally, I thought Albertalli's deft handling of Martin hit just the right notes--what he did was cruel and stupid with potentially very serious consequences. Yet he isn't evil, and Albetalli helps us understand him without letting him off the hook.

I look forward to the movie yet I love the book so much I'm almost afraid to see it. Book to film translations don't always work even when everyone has the best of intentions; I'm crossing my fingers "Love, Simon" has made it to the screen with all the wit, warmth and sensitivity of its source material.

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CarleeMcDot
Feb 22, 2018

I had seen the preview for the "Love, Simon" movie and didn't realize it was a book until I saw it on Amazon... And thankfully my library had it available so I snatched it right away. Another book I finished within 24 hours. Very easy read, and I gobbled it up. I didn't realize I was a romantic but apparently I can totally fall for a good love story. Not only is this an adorable story (well, not every part is adorable, let me make that clear, but the characters definitely can be), but it touches on important topics - like why white and heterosexual are the default. It also makes you think about folks closest to you and what you really know (or don't know) about them. The author does an amazing job at encapsulating the struggles of coming out (especially in a world full of social media). I would give it a 9 out of 10.

OPL_AmyW Feb 22, 2018

Albertalli created a wonderfully diverse teenage novel with characters that feel incredibly real, not just Simon but the supporting characters as well. I don't know if I've ever read a realistic fiction YA novel with such great character development. There isn't a single character that feels one-note.

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alihelms
Jan 09, 2018

I loved this book and am so irritated with myself for not reading it sooner. It's such a wonderful LGBTQ friendly book that talks about some of the issues and challenges youth might have coming out.

I wasn't expecting Blue to be who he was but that just made the ending that much more exciting and cute.

The only self issue I had was: it's just Tumblr. Not the Tumblr. So when that was brought up in the book, it drove me a bit nuts, but otherwise it's amazing!

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kaitlinthao
Nov 30, 2017

This book is absolutely amazing, LGBTQ+ youth born in the late 90s or early 2000s can/will really relate to this book. Within the first couple of chapters (I'm not kidding, like page 4 of chapter 3) subtle or obvious mundane things and references are mentioned that make the book all the better. Why? Because those things are real situations that [closeted] queer youth have to deal with on a day to day basis. It's brilliant.

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