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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mapko1981
Jul 05, 2017

Quite possibly the perfect LGBTQ teen novel! The book revisits old tropes without being dull about it, introduces new ones, and avoids most of the angst of your run-of-the-mill coming out teen story. In fact, while Simon is in the closet to his family, it has nothing to do with fear of rejection and more that he knows they'll make a big deal about and, ugh. The books is humorous where it needs to be and serious when called for. The story made me glad social media wasn't a thing when I was coming out, but also provided insight into what queer teens face in this day of blogs and mass text messages.

Chapel_Hill_KatieJ Jun 15, 2017

This is a charming love story that happens even before the couple knows each other’s identities. Simon has been anonymously emailing Blue. A classmate discovers one of Simon’s emails, and blackmails him. Simon is witty and has a great group of friends who love each other even though they frequently hurt each other’s feelings. Late in the book Blue says Simon writes like he talks, and indeed Simon’s narration reads like he’s talking to you. The characters are all well-drawn, and the drama captures the drama of high school.

PinesandPrejudice Jun 15, 2017

I was so late to the party but I now understand why there was a party. Holy crap, this book deserves all the hype and more. It is a complete story with a unique character who has a brilliant one-of-a-kind voice. There is continuous action with appropriate feels without being too dramatic. The family and friendship aspects are AMAZING and the cuteness levels between Simon and Blue are swoon worthy. What a complete and wonderful story.

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Alirox02
Apr 26, 2017

I put off reading this for a long time. I regret that now.

I ended up reading this in one sitting and found myself grinning ear to ear from the sheer happiness and excitedness of our MC.

It's a beyond charming read.

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danthetiredboi
Feb 13, 2017

This book literally made me squeal with happiness every time Blue sent Simon an email. I love this book! I ship Bram and Simon so hard aghhhh! <3

FindingJane Feb 06, 2017

Simon is your typical Gen-X adolescent—lackadaisical, disaffected and inclined to daydream in class. His world isn’t entirely comfortable because a) he’s gay b) he’s not out and c) he’s being blackmailed by a fellow student who knows his secret. He’s also in love with someone he’s never seen. Welcome to the modern era of online romance.

Simon is like a lot of people with a secret that must be revealed. He’s sure he’ll get around to it…someday. But there are only two times to tell a secret: Right Now and Too Late. It’s the latter that happens to Simon and the results are more or less predictable. We live in a more permissive and progressive age but there are always those who are going to tease, bully or nag.

Where the story diverges is that Simon realizes that everybody has secrets, hidden facets, closed-off thoughts and private selves that they don’t tell necessarily to those who are closest to them. Gay or straight or “whatever”, what we think we know about others can veer so wildly from what they are that people are an endless mystery. That’s part of makes them so frustrating, fun and annoying.

You realize being heterosexual doesn’t make matters any easier, as Simon laughingly tells someone that she has to come out about being “straight” to her parents when he finds out she has a boyfriend. Life is strange, people are bizarre and it’s getting to know about both that is the point of this book. This novel is one diverting trip through a modern teenager’s mind. Wry and probing, you’ll find yourself nodding and thinking about the secrets that you wanted to keep because you were worried about what people would think about you.

So what’s your agenda?

LoganLib_Kirra Jan 16, 2017

Simon is sixteen, in high school and gay. He has an email friendship with another guy in his high school that is gay as well, but they have no idea who the other person is. We follow Simon as he turns seventeen, branches out with friends, finds love and comes out to his family and friends. This book was so sweet and made me so happy while I was reading it. I loved reading the emails between Simon and his mysterious friend exchange throughout the book. I'm also so jealous of Simon and his friends because they're so cool and they have so much fun in this book.

AL_STEFFEN Nov 23, 2016

I would have loved to have had books like this available when I was a gay high-schooler.
The email exchange between the two high-school juniors in this book was spot on! I was embarrassed to the point of blushing OFTEN by the accuracy of Simon and Blue's apologetic, self-conscious and funny back and forth.
Some good diversity, and it's realistic portrayal of 2010's relationships, continually saved this book from being trite.
The overwhelmingly positive coming out experience of this story is much appreciated by an confident gay 26 year old who would have found this book so helpful and encouraging when I was the age of it's characters.

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s390325
Oct 17, 2016

I really enjoyed this book. Although I can't say that I would have related well to this book when I was in high school (I didn't have a group to sit with in the cafeteria or parents as relaxed and accepting as Simon's), I've since experienced more of life and was able to identify with the characters and story. The part that resonated with me the most was the romance with Blue (I did not guess who he was). It just brought back that rush of your first love, your first crush, how just being close to that person is magical. It did seem like Simon's family was a little too perfect in their response- would the majority of parents really be that laid-back about a child coming out to them? I liked the fact that Simon brings up that every time his dad says "He's totally gay" as an insult about someone, that his dad is really hurting him since he's gay. I liked it even more that his dad apologized for it and promised to change. A really great coming of age story!

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VigilanteReads
Sep 14, 2016

Simon's relationship with Blue is one of my favorite relationships. I guessed who blue was, but I wasn't expecting my guess to be right. It was super wishful guessing that I didn't think would happened so when it did I was elated.
This book gave me everything I wanted.

Except for some more closure for Leah’s storyline, but I’ll let it slide. I really liked Leah’s character. I think she’s a great friend to Simon and I don’t think anyone in the book really thinks about what she’s going through.

Abby and the other beautifully written characters of color in this book made me so happy. I wish I didn’t have to point this out , but I still do. It’s something I don’t see enough in YA. Abby being the beautiful girl who all the guys want and all the girls are jealous of is a big deal. My sister was so happy when she saw that. I wish I could explain how her eyes lit up at that. It was something I noticed early on and knew I would love the book from there on out.

This is a story that I will definitely be rereading on a gloomy day to cheer me up sometime in the future. I am going to be recommending this book way too much now.

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Sexual Content: some kissing and making out, and sexual references, but not too bad

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