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“Love child of John Green and Rainbow Rowell.” (Teen Vogue)
“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)
“Funny, moving and emotionally wise.” (Kirkus Reviews (starred review))
“I am so in love with this book.” (Nina LaCour, author of Hold Still)
“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))
“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)
“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))
“I love you, SIMON. I LOVE YOU! And I love this fresh, funny, live-out-loud book.” (Jennifer Niven, bestselling author of All the Bright Places)
“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)
About the Author
Becky Albertalli is the author of William C. Morris Award winner and National Book Award longlist title, Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda (now a major motion picture, Love, Simon); the acclaimed The Upside of Unrequited; and the New York Times bestsellers Leah on the Offbeat, What If It’s Us (cowritten with Adam Silvera), and Yes No Maybe So (cowritten with Aisha Saeed). Becky lives with her family in Atlanta. You can visit her online at www.beckyalbertalli.com.
- Grade level : 9 - 12
- Item Weight : 9.6 ounces
- Paperback : 352 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0062792164
- ISBN-13 : 978-0062792167
- Dimensions : 5.31 x 0.79 x 8 inches
- Reading level : 14 - 17 years
- Publisher : Balzer + Bray; Illustrated edition (January 30, 2018)
- Language: : English
- Best Sellers Rank: #746,136 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Sixteen year-old Simon is keeping a secret from his family and best friends: he is gay. When a fellow student anonymously posts on tumblr that he is gay, Simon – also anonymously – tells him his secret. They strike up a companionship through email and then Simon’s emails get into the wrong hands. He will be blackmailed in order to keep his secret “behind closet doors.” The rest, you will need to read to find out: and I trust that you will. What are you waiting for, I would have thought you would’ve already bought it and started reading it by now? Wasn’t my intro convincing enough?!
This book will bring about all the feels. There is one part of the book where I was desperate to hug Simon. I found my emotions going from anger, sadness and outright laughter all within a few short chapters: it was an emotional rollercoaster that I was glad to ride. It also made me so thankful that I never have to relive high school ever again. I can’t even imagine having to go through high school with social media; and here I thought dial up AOL instant messenger chat rooms were brutal.
You will fall in love with all the characters: I hated one tremendously, but I guess things changed in the end (just a tad)…look at me, I am growing.
I also loved author Becky Albertalli‘s writing style. It was fresh and real.
Are you still reading my review?! Thank you, but what the heck are you waiting for…I already told you to start reading this book! 😉
The book starts off with Simon in the closet about his sexuality and emailing back and forth with an anonymous boy from school, ‘Blue’, who was in the same boat. Simon found himself getting more and more attached to this boy without even knowing his true identity, desperately wanting to meet in real life. These interactions were everything! I love the connection they had and the support they gave each other as they worked their way around coming out to family and friends. There was even a bit of teasing and flirting going on as they tested the waters of their friendship to see if there was the potential for it to go further. I just loved the progression of their relationship from start to finish and found it just completely adorable!
Simon is a breath of fresh air of a character. He wasn’t just adorable with Blue but in every other capacity as well. He gets along with others easily and genuinely wants to find the good in people and make friends. He sort of navigates a lot of life’s changes throughout the book in sometimes awkward and hilarious ways and sometimes in serious and real ways that made him that much more relatable.
“But I’m tired of coming out. All I ever do is come out. I try not to change, but I keep changing, in all these tiny ways. I get a girlfriend. I have a beer. And every freaking time, I have to reintroduce myself to the universe all over again.”
If Simon and Blue weren’t enough, Simon’s relationship with his family and friends also made this book everything that is was. Little family moments cracked me up like The Chipmunks, the Facebook Scavenger Hunt, and of course OREO’s! That’s the sort of family I strive for with my own kids, a close knit family that have fun together. Simon’s group of friends with all of their ups and downs (and love triangles…) were a great addition and showed the reality of what friendship can be and the art of forgiveness.
Seriously, if you haven’t read this book yet, don’t be like me and wait for anything! Grab yourself a copy and introduce yourself to Simon and the rest of the amazing cast of characters. Don’t forget to grab yourself some OREO’s for when you do!
If you're looking for inspiration on coming out, then I'd suggest asking real people on what they went through personally. The book tried to do that by having Simon and Blue "talk" through email about it but they're both new to coming out and thus have no knowledge of how to do it or how it will go. I don't think this book would be the best informative tool on that front.
I think the author really, accurately gets in the head of what it's like to be a teen struggling to come out as gay, and his whole experience surrounding being a gay teen. The way it feels to them when other people make insensitive jokes/remarks unknowingly in front of them. The way it feels when other people know and hold it over them. The way it feels when the anxiety won't let them be open, even to their closest friends even when they know the reaction will be positive.
It was really fun to follow along with the emails Simon and "Blue" exchange...trying to guess at "Blue's" identity along with Simon. Great book. Can't wait for the movie!
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While the book doesn't have much by way of a plot, it presents a really moving character study of a gay teenager as he is forced to come out. It's really a look at why coming out is such a "big deal", contrasting the views of Simon's straight friends (many of whom don't fully understand him) with the complexity of Simon's feelings. While the story seems simple on the surface, it explores some very complicated themes as Simon struggles to define himself and discovers what he means to those around him.
The chapters are interspersed with emails between Simon and Blue. These were some of my favourite parts of the story as they felt very natural. Their relationship clearly blossomed over the course of the story and both boys, while witty and heartfelt, also had noticeably different voices. However, I didn't really think that the novel dropped enough hints as to Blue's true identity. While there were some clues later in the novel, when this is finally revealed the story tries to make it seem as though this should have been obvious despite some of the information that was available to Simon was withheld from the reader.
Yet the novel is still very sweet and I did get very invested in their relationship, ever hopeful that the two would eventually find happiness together. However, I did think that some of the secondary cast felt a bit shallow. While the cast of the story is quite large, Simon's viewpoint is understandably self-centred. All we really learn about the cast is how they react to Simon. Ultimately, we don't learn much about most of them purely because Simon doesn't know them on a personal level.
So, in all, this novel is definitely one that I would recommend. I loved Simon as a character and found that I was incredibly invested in his relationship with Blue. While it's not my favourite LGBT novel, it's definitely one that I'd recommend.
You follow the main character Simon, who is not openly gay and has been talking to a mysterious person online known as 'Blue'. Blue goes to the same school as Simon, so as you can imagine Simon is trying his best to find out who Blue actually is. I loved everything about this book. I find it rare that I like how all the characters are written but this was one exception.
I found Simon vs the Homo Sapiens Agenda to be funny and thought provoking and found that it made me smile alot. I read this book within 2 days which for me is fast. I really couldn't put it down. I also loved the biggest message within this book. Why do gay people have to 'come out'? Shouldn't straight people have to come out too.
If you haven't read this then I strongly recommend this book to you. If you are looking for something easy to read but has a brilliant story and likeable and relatable characters then this one is for you.
1. You will fall in love with Simon, his family, his friends, his dog and the mysterious Blue.
2. You will laugh and cry, but I promise there are much more moments of laughter and there's a happy ending to look forward to.
3. You will really, really want there to be a sequel.
This is such a lovely, well written, cosy feeling book. You've read the synopsis, I don't want to write a list of spoilers here, but to me personally, this book absolutely lives up to the hype. You know a book is really good when you don't want it to end and when it does end, you immediately look up everything else by the author that you can get your hands on. That's what Simon vs the Homosapiens Agenda is to me and I plan to read everything Becky Albertalli writes. I really hope there will be a sequel to this one!
The slang and pop-culture references employed are pretty accurate, and sometimes make me cringe a little. I wonder if a smaller supporting cast might have improved the story, as we would then have more time to explore each character.
"Simon" would be a great gift for your recently-out little cousin/nephew. It's a warm, silly, fun high school story, and a rarity as a queer novel that never really gets dark.