- Paperback: 336 pages
- Publisher: Balzer + Bray; Reprint edition (June 7, 2016)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 006234868X
- ISBN-13: 978-0062348685
- Product Dimensions: 5.3 x 0.8 x 8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 1,146 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,406 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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)
About the Author
Becky Albertalli is the author of the acclaimed novels Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda, The Upside of Unrequited, and Leah on the Offbeat. A former clinical psychologist who specialized in working with children and teens, Becky lives with her family in Atlanta. You can visit her online at www.beckyalbertalli.com.
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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!
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!