Book Review: Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli

Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda

Title: Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda
Author: Becky Albertalli
Publisher: Balzer + Bray
Publication date: April 7, 2015
Pages: 303
Source: Purchased
Summary (via Goodreads): 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, will be compromised.


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.




I LOVE THIS BOOK! Yes it was necessary to have that sentence in all caps. I stayed up way too late on a work night so I could read this book in one sitting. I gave it 5 out of 5 stars.


This book is definitely one of my all-time favorites. I can’t even describe fully how much I love this book. Yes this review is going to be a bunch of fangirling and compliments. I can’t help myself. If you haven’t read this book, READ IT! I couldn’t put this book down because of the characters. I couldn’t put it down because of the cute fluffiness that made me squeal. I couldn’t put it down because it was so beyond amazing. I cried. I laughed. I fell in love with Simon and Blue.


First off, I loved that this was a diverse book. A coming of age LGBTQ read that was so cute it made my heart soar with happiness. Simon is such a realistic, adorable character. I want to be his friend, take him under my wing and help him along the way. Like I said, I couldn’t put this book down. I stayed up until 2 AM so I could finish it in one night. I needed to find out who Blue was, even though I did have a couple solid guesses (one of my guesses was correct). I’m not going to spoil who Blue is; guessing was half the fun.


The email conversations between Simon and Blue were one of my favorite parts of the book, you know besides the romance towards the end. It was so cute watching them fall for each other, seeing the feelings progress because they truly liked each other as human beings. I absolutely adore Simon and Blue. I also really liked Simon’s family. They were pretty weird and hilarious.


Two other things I really loved about the book: ALL THE HARRY POTTER REFERENCES and Simon’s love of Oreos. I really felt a kinship with Simon because I’m also obsessed with Harry Potter; plus I do love my sweets. This book made me crave Oreo everything.


There were so many good lines, so many swoon worthy moments in this book. I love the entire book with my whole heart. One line I chuckled at and had to write down was: “So here’s the thing: Simon means ‘the one who hears’ and Spier means ‘the one who watches.’ Which means I was basically destined to be nosy.”


Final note: I adored this book. I can’t wait to reread it over and over again. I will repeat this statement from earlier: if you haven’t read this book yet, READ IT! Simon and Blue are the most adorable thing ever and you won’t be able to stop yourself from squealing, laughing, and crying while you read this incredible book.

5 stars

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