Book Review #20: Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda- Becky Albertalli


Title: Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda
Author: Becky Albertalli
Publication: April 7th 2015, Balzer + Bray
Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary
Pages: 303
Format: Hardcover
ISBN: 0062348671 / 9780062348678

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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, 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.

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“People really are like house with vast rooms and tiny windows. And maybe it’s a good thing, the way we never stop surprising each other.”

I think my jaws are still sore from too much smiling and laughing because of this book. Geez, this book is funny, quirky, cute, and adorable! I honestly hated myself for letting this book seat in my shelf for God-knows-how-many-months.

This book revolves around the story of Simon and his life as a secret-gay. Not that he’s ashamed of himself but because he thinks that it’s unfair that gay people should confess themselves as gays while the straight ones aren’t supposed to tell the world that they’re straight. Also, the struggle starts when Simon forgot to logout his account and his entire conversation with Blue, they boy he’s emailing with, was read by Martin. He was blackmailed, and of course, Simon can’t say “NO” to Martin or else, his identity will be revealed. It’s a story of finding oneself and knowing that in this world, being different is okay as long as you don’t hurt other people.

“The way I feel about him is like a heartbeat—soft and persistent, underlying everything.”

Everything is on point. From the writing style, to the characters, to the sequence of events. Everything. Is. Just. So. Right. The writing style is simple and easy to get to and I honestly didn’t notice that slowly, I was really into Albertalli’s writing style.The book itself is a page turner! Also, I like that this book has dealt with LGBT with caution. It kind of gave two sides in a story.  The characters were all witty and hilarious. Specially Simon’s family- I mean, of course everything’s a big deal! 😉 While reading this, I see my family on Simon’s family, and it feels great to have your family as your forever supporters. And as to the sequence of events, some parts were quite predictable, but it still feels great when what I hope will happen, surely did. Some parts are like pizza, they are simply the best. Some are just okay. Some are like punch in the gut. But as a whole, the book is so great that it made me smile, laugh and cry in a second.

“He talked about the ocean between people. And how the whole point of everything is to find a shore worth swimming to.”

Simon is one of those thank-God-I-met-this-character type. He’s funny, true, clever, LOVES oreo, and cute. He and his perfect grammar was way beyond being adorable! I think this book is one of the most realistic type when it comes to the issues of LGBT. And I admire that this book handled it and other issues perfectly. Also, the equality is very evident and okay, I just love every bits of it! It’s just sad that what I thought was Simon’s biggest moment (to reveal he’s gay) was snatched to him in a snap because of a misunderstanding. Also, Simon’s friends are those #frienshipgoals. I mean it’s evident that most of the times, they tend to keep secrets and have fights but at the end of the day, their friendship and bond aremore important compared to their differences. Nevertheless, if you haven’t read this, then you’re missing a big thing in your life.

I don’t care if it’s too late but I am a self proclaimed the newest fan of Albertalli! 🙂 🙂 I can’t wait to read more of her books.



Becky Albertalli is a writer of Contemporary Young Adult Fiction and was born and raised in Atlanta, GA Suburbs. She has been writing stories since preschool and she has a younger sister and a younger brother. She loves ice cream, oh well, most of the desserts. 🙂 🙂 She’s a Jewish despite her Italian last name. To know more about her, head on to her website.


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