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Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda Hardcover – April 7, 2015
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An Action-Packed Retelling of a Classic
London has been destroyed in a blitz of bombs and disease. The only ones who have survived the destruction and the outbreak of a deadly virus are children, among them sixteen-year-old Gwen Darling and her younger siblings, Joanna and Mikey. Hardcover | Kindle book
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“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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Top Customer Reviews
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.Read more ›
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).Read more ›
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This was one of those cute, light reads. There was for sure a time or two where I got a little sad. I also laughed quite a bit too. Loved me some Simon. Read morePublished 29 minutes ago by Monique
I love this book! I love Simon! I love Leah, Nick, Abby! I love the dog, Bieber! Okay, I love a lot of people in the book. Read morePublished 3 days ago by Melissa Martin's Reading List Blog
Simon is one of the most likable and relate able characters I've ever come across in a book. The story deals with Simon coming to terms with being gay and being blackmailed by a... Read morePublished 3 days ago by Brooke
I absolutely adored this novel. Simon is a wonderful character, and I loved the email exchanges. A must read! <3Published 4 days ago by Lauren
Where do I even start.... I just LOVE this book so much. Simon has become one of my favorite main characters of all time. Read morePublished 10 days ago by Katie @ The Book Sphere
I really enjoyed this book. It's a quick read, but I connected immediately with Simon and his big group of friends (who reminded me of my high school friends) and his weird, crazy... Read morePublished 17 days ago by Tobi Summers
A really beautiful coming of age story... the one I wish I had growing up as a gay teenager. Funny, wise and just fun. Thank you Becky Albertalli!Published 18 days ago by John C