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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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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TEENREVIEWBOARD
Nov 12, 2017

After having this book on my shelf for ages and finally reading it, I want to kick my past self for not reading it as soon as I got my hands on it. Once I started it, I couldn’t put it down, and I finished it within one sitting. The story instantly captivates you with its endearing characters and plotline; one that leaves you guessing, smiling, and absolutely in love with the contents of these pages. The characters are so unbelievably relatable that it seems as though the author took people from your own life and inserted them into the book, particularly for those of the LGBT community. It relays the struggles and conflicts between the characters in a way that was simply impossible not to feel empathy for. Overall, I’d recommend this book for anyone, really. A definite new favourite of mine which will be subject to countless rereads. 5/5 Stars.
- @ClockworkReader of the Teen Review Board of the Hamilton Public Library

One of the best books I've ever read. The author does an amazing job demonstrating the stuggles of coming out. She explains Simons feelings in great detail, so that the reader can develop a sense of understanding and a bond with the character.

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Lavair_TheFirst
Sep 24, 2017

YES this is an amazing book. I recommend this to anyone in the LGBT community, or anyone who knows anyone else in the LGBT community. It makes living that life a bit easier to understand.

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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?

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Nov 20, 2016

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

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