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Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda Hardcover – April 7, 2015
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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)
“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)
“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)
From the Back Cover
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.
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The emails back and forth between Simon and Blue were amazing and about 10 times throughout the book I was 100% sure I knew who Blue was, and I was completely off. I loved having that surprise element and having the suspense until the end. I think having that suspense kept me on the edge of my seat and reading because I had to know who Blue was.
It took me about 3 days to read this book, and I’m a slow reader, so for me 3 days is pretty incredible. The authors writing style worked really well for me and she did an amazing job of giving each of the characters their own voice and sticking with it. Often times I see where the beginning of the book characters have their own voice and then by the end they all start to sound the same.
Over all I really enjoyed this book, the adventure, the characters, and the growth the characters experienced. I highly recommend this book to everyone. I think it’s a great quick read that will teach you not to fight who you are, you are you and that is amazing. It also teaches you about the impact that you can have on another person’s life, so be kind and choose your words and your actions carefully. Be kind.
I loved reading this book, and it's a book I will return to again and again, to feel those reader butterflies in my stomach. Would recommend. :)
Where do I begin. First of all, this book is laugh-out-loud funny. I probably could have read the book in HALF a day if I hadn't had to keep stopping every other line to cackle and text my friend another snippet of Simon's hilarious internal monologue. The cast is nerdy and weird in the most delightful and realistic of ways, and so, so relatable.
On that topic, as someone who's only just gotten done with the business of being a Not Straight Teenager and all the angst that that involves, I can authoritatively that this book gets everything right. From the horrible feeling that you're keeping secrets just for Existing While Gay while in the closet, to the excruciating, drawn-out, messy, and far-more-dramatic-than-it-should-be societal construct that is 'coming out' itself - Becky Albertalli gets it so, so right. And above all, it's happy. The world has enough sad gay stories in it, and I'm so glad we're finally getting some happy ones.
In short: if you've ever not been straight, or if you've ever felt awkward and not quite fit in, or if you've ever been a teenager, or if you *are* a teenager, or all of the above, you need to read this book.
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