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Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda Paperback – June 7, 2016
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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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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. :)
As a side note, don't you think everyone should have to come out? Why is straight the default?Everyone should have to declare one way or another, and it should be this big awkward thing...
It's clear that Albertalli has vetted her story with the audience because she really gets it right. Simon is the ultimate teenager facing challenges that all teens face - communication with parents, navigating peer and romantic relationships, and finding his identity within the universe, which also consists of the choice of when to let tell his friends and family that he is gay.
Like the way you can memorize someone's gestures but never know their thoughts. And the feeling that people are like houses with vast rooms and tiny windows.
Delving into his inner thoughts with an unknown (but also gay) peer, we see Simon discover parts of himself that he hadn't really considered, like how he doesn't always know deeply what's going on with his friends. His emails back and forth are heartwarming!
“I’m quiet around you,” he says, smiling. I smile back.
“I’m one of the cute guys who gets you tongue-tied?”
He squeezes the steering wheel. “You’re THE cute guy.
Are you in love yet? No?? Well I promise that if you have a valid, up to code, in working order Heart and Soul it will just be a matter of time before you feel the love as well.