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Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda Kindle Edition
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|Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda||Leah on the Offbeat||The Upside of Unrequited||Love, Creekwood||The Simonverse Novels 3-Book Box Set|
|Read all the Simonverse Titles!||Incredibly funny and poignant, this twenty-first-century coming-of-age, coming out story—wrapped in a geek romance—is a knockout of a debut novel that inspired the movie LOVE SIMON||Follow Simon’s BFF Leah as she grapples with changing friendships, first love, and senior year angst.||Meet Abby's cousins Molly & Cassie in this funny, authentic novel about sisterhood, love, and identity.||Fall in love all over again with the characters from the bestselling Simonverse novels in this highly anticipated epilogue novella.||Three interconnected novels full of heart and humor, romance and friendship!|
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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 with, will be jeopardized.
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.
This special edition of Becky Albertalli’s acclaimed, award-winning debut novel contains exclusive bonus material, including the very first Simon-Blue emails, backstage photos from the Simon movie set, a conversation with the author, and excerpts from The Upside of Unrequited and Leah on the Offbeat.--This text refers to the hardcover edition.
- ASIN : B00LSRXJKC
- Publisher : Balzer + Bray; Reprint edition (April 7, 2015)
- Publication date : April 7, 2015
- Language : English
- File size : 4165 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 320 pages
- Lending : Not Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #79,586 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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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.
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.
Oh I loved this so much. Its sweet, cute and often hilarious. The plot is well done and briliantly written. It builds to the most perfect ending that fitted with the story. I loved all the emails interspersed amongst the story adding that extra and often hilarious depth to the story. Simon is just instantly likeable and by the end I was in love with him too. You want him to get everything he wants. A beautiful story thats instantly relatable and fun. An easy, light read.