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Gr 8 Up—Simon Speir, high school junior, walks away from his computer at school for just a moment, and that is when his biggest secret is discovered. He has been emailing a boy in his grade anonymously ever since a poetic waxing on his high school's gossip Tumblr caught his eye, and now Martin Addison has taken a screenshot and has a powerful way to blackmail Simon into getting his friend, Abby, to date him. Although it is filled with trendy pop-culture and digital-age references (Tumblr, Justin Beiber, The Bachelor, etc.) that may not stand the test of time, the message will resonate. Rife with realistic, high school relationships and drama, with a laugh or two at every turn, this is a coming-of-age, coming-out, and defying-the-odds story with which many teens will identify. With a very tidy, feel-good ending, the book will appeal to readers who enjoyed Tim Federle's Better Nate Than Ever (2013) and Five, Six, Seve, Nate! (2014, both S. & S.) and will find a familiar, slightly more mature home with Simon.—Brittany Staszak, St. Charles Public Library, IL

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“Albertalli paints a stunningly three-dimensional, cliche-free world for Simon that bursts with unforgettable characters. Savor it, because you’ll read it for the first time only once. Worthy of Fault in Our Stars-level obsession.” (Entertainment Weekly)

“Funny, moving and emotionally wise.” (Kirkus Reviews (starred review))

“Debut novelist Albertalli writes believably in the voice of a confused, openhearted 16-year-old. Readers will fall madly in love with Simon.” (Publishers Weekly (starred review))

“Though there are realistic moments of tension, the dominant sentiment here is the delicious excitement of finding your best self in the eyes of someone else; not since Levithan’s Boy Meets Boy have readers been treated to such a happy sigh of a book about two boys falling in love.” (Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books (starred review))

“Rife with realistic, high school relationships and drama, with a laugh or two at every turn, this is a coming-of-age, coming-out, and defying-the-odds story with which many teens will identify.” (SLJ)

“I am so in love with this book.” (Nina LaCour, author of Hold Still)

“Delightfully funny and at times heart-wrenching. Readers will ache for Simon’s awkwardness, cheer his small triumphs, but, most of all, fall in love with this kid and with this remarkable gift of a novel.” (Andrew Smith, author of Grasshopper Jungle)

“Are we absolutely certain that Becky Albertalli didn’t just steal the diary of a hilariously observant teenage boy? Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda is a pitch-perfect triumph of wit and wordplay that feels timelessly, effortlessly now.” (Tim Federle, author of Better Nate than Ever)

“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.” (Alex Sanchez, Lambda Award-winning author of Rainbow Boys and Boyfriends with Girlfriends)
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Balzer + Bray (April 7, 2015)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0062348671
  • ISBN-13: 978-0062348678
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 1 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (262 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #16,821 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Talvi TOP 100 REVIEWER on April 7, 2015
Format: Hardcover
Simon vs The Homo Sapiens Agenda is a pitch perfect book that gets tone, character, plot, and flow exquisitely perfect. It's the type of book that leaves you with a big smile that lingers long after you've finished; an easy read with distinct characters and an emphasis on the people, not the drama or being gay. As well, a lot of cliches in this genre are neatly avoided, making for a strong and distinct voice from our main character.

Story: Simon is 16, has great friends, does well at school, and has a cool family (well, ok, perhaps they try a bit too hard to be cool). He even likes his older and younger sisters. Simon's also figured out he's gay but doesn't feel any pressure to come out. When he meets someone like himself on the school's private tumbler, he thinks maybe it might be the right time to let his friends/family know. But "Blue" is a bit more shy about the prospect - including telling Simon who he is. While Simon tries to figure which of his friends might be Blue, an email is left up and he finds himself annoyingly blackmailed. He worries that his relationship with good friends might change as well as the 'big deal' his parents will make of the situation in supporting him. But all the same, what he really wants is to convince Blue that meeting in person really is the best for both of them.

Although a YA read, this is very down to earth and sweet - lacking over the top scenes, angst, evil high schoolers, sex, drugs, or rock and roll. Much of the plot is Simon dealing with an acquaintance who wants to meet Simon's popular and pretty girl pal, Abby, and who knows of Simon's emails to Blue. It's a light and implied blackmail that Simon resents even as he goes along setting the two up halfheartedly.
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this is a book i know will stay with me forever (or at least for a long long time). if you don’t already know, this is a “gay” book. even if you feel uncomfortable or somewhat opposed to people of LGBTQ, i still believe you should read simon vs.

i’ve read other novels that are LGBTQ, but i’ve never read one that was as wholeheartedly and honest as simon vs. everything was so relatable. in other novels, it was clear and obvious the characters that were LGBTQ were sorta different: in the way they act, speak, dress, etc. etc. however in simon vs., that was most certainly not the case. after reading this novel, i’ve realized that people who are LGBTQ are just like everyone else. there really isn’t a difference between gays and straights, except the preference in gender; in the end, that’s all there is.

reading things from simon’s perspective, we could also see how the LGBTQ community is generally treated. it was beautiful to see people who were incredibly supportive, but also people who were just downright awful. i loved every bit of that. it was completely genuine and true. we saw everything: the good, the bad, and the ugly.

my favorite aspect of the novel was how casual simon and his friends spoke of being gay. they would often joke about it – but not in anyway i found insulting or condescending. people often make this a huge deal, which i suppose it is a big deal, but sometime it shouldn’t have to be a big deal. if you think about it, being gay/straight/etc is only a big deal because people make it a big deal. why should it really matter? it’s just a small part of who we/you are. i find it similar to a person’s race. for example, it’s not like you’re going to see someone and instantly judge them because of their race (if you do, then go away).
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Reviews of this book were saying marvelous things about it and I got curious. I picked it up in my local bookstore and as soon as I got home I started reading it. I couldn't stop. The first two pages are enough to keep you engaged to the story and you won't be able to put it down. I laughed, swooned and of course, I cried. When I finished the book all could think about was the beauty of this book, the way the author wrote a love story but more than a love story, a story about acceptance and coming out as you are as a person.

My favorite characters were Simon's parents. They are the best parents I've ever read. If I ever become a mother I want to be like them. I am glad that this book didn't turned out to be a depressing book or turned into a sad ending because that would have been very disappointing.

Simon has been emailing Blue, but we don't know who is Blue. Anyone can be Blue. I was trying to figure him out and thought my prediction wasn't correct, I was glad with it. I loved when Blue comes out. I loved everything.

This is the first LGBT book I read. I think that this book particularly is just not for the LGBTT community, but for everyone. We all have dealt with discovering our sexuality at some point in our lives, and then chosen which sex are we attracted too. This book is about coming out, coming out as who you are as a person. Coming out regardless what people think or expect from you to be.

I don't regret reading this book. It opened up more my mind and my view to this community.
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