Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda

Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda

by Becky Albertalli

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Now a major motion picture: Love, Simon, starring Nick Robinson and Katherine Langford! This edition includes new Simon and Blue emails, a behind-the-scenes scrapbook from the Love, Simon movie set, and Becky Albertalli in conversation with fellow authors Adam Silvera and Angie Thomas.

William C. Morris Award Winner: Best Young Adult Debut of the Year * National Book Award Longlist

"A remarkable gift of a novel."—Andrew Smith, author of Grasshopper Jungle

"I am so in love with this book."—Nina LaCour, author of Hold Still

"Feels timelessly, effortlessly now."—Tim Federle, author of Better Nate Than Ever

"The best kind of love story."—Alex Sanchez, Lambda Award-winning author of Rainbow Boys and Boyfriends with Girlfriends

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 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.

Incredibly funny and poignant, this twenty-first-century coming-of-age, coming out story—wrapped in a geek romance—is a knockout of a debut novel by Becky Albertalli.

Plus don't miss Yes No Maybe So, Becky Albertalli's and Aisha Saeed's heartwarming and hilarious new novel, coming in 2020! 

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780062348692
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 04/07/2015
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 336
Sales rank: 23,382
File size: 3 MB
Age Range: 14 - 17 Years

About the Author

Becky Albertalli is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of William C. Morris Award winner and National Book Award longlist title Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda (now a major motion picture, Love, Simon); the acclaimed The Upside of Unrequited; and What If It’s Us (cowritten with Adam Silvera). Becky lives with her family in Atlanta. You can visit her online at

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Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 115 reviews.
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Take_Me_AwayPH More than 1 year ago
Reading this was like watching one of those good episodes of Catfish. Where the person is actually the person they say they are. Those are my favorite episodes. There aren't nearly enough of them. Just like there aren't nearly enough of books like this.       Simon doesn't like to let anyone in on his life to avoid making everything a big deal. But suddenly  his email account comes up to someone who doesn't care that Simon is trying to avoid these things. He blackmails him. Help him land someone or he'll expose his secret. The bad thing is, it's not only Simon's secret, it's Blue's (the boy he's been talking to) secret too. Eventually Simon is ready to come out to Blue... And more importantly, the world.       I have to admit... At the beginning I wasn't really pulled all the way in. I don't want to say it, but it seemed like there was too much hype surrounding it. I get it. It's about a very important topic that all teens that may be going through this should read, but it really felt like a regular contemp to me. Maybe because there never really was a "default" to me, I'm not sure. But Simon and Blue are completely cute and their emails are adorable. But at the beginning that's the only reason I wanted to keep reading. The actual story line wasn't the best for me. It moved really slow and I found myself trying to speed read through it just to get to the next emails. But towards the end the story sped up and I fell completely head over heels for their relationship.       As for the characters, I wasn't sure how I felt about Simon's friends and family. His sister didn't know what a dementor was, one of his friends didn't know who Jason Aldean was, and everyone was calling it "the Tumblr," But otherwise all the characters were amazing besides that. One of his friends was Wonder Woman for Halloween.... We know how I felt about that lol But they were fully thought out and everyone played an important role in the story. It made it intimate and close which fit the story.       This story is important in so many ways. Simon shows that it's ok to not be "default." As a diverse person myself, I love that this book is getting so much attention. It may start slow but in the end it will completely suck you in and you won't want to put it down. 
SiennaGrey More than 1 year ago
As soon as I picked up the book I never put it down. I had heard many different things about this book, but never had the chance to read it until a couple days ago. The characters are just absolutely lovely, and you cant help but fall in love with them. I loved how it opened up about how coming out in High School can be a difficult thing, especially when you have absolutely no idea how anyone is going to react. Don't sit there and let me ramble about this book, just do me a favor and start reading it.
eak321 More than 1 year ago
After watching (and falling in love with) the movie LOVE, SIMON, I wanted to read its source of inspiration. In fact, I had the book on my "to read" list since it first was published and before I even heard talk of a movie. Seeing the movie, though, finally gave me the impetus to pick up the book. If you've seen the movie, it pretty much follows the same path as the book. This is one case, though, where I thought the movie was better than the book. There are some tweaks and character development that were perfectly captured in the movie, but seemed a bit lacking in the novel. I credit that to the screenwriters and director (some of whom are gay and have first-hand experience at the emotions involved in accepting yourself as gay and then coming out to your friends and family). I also think the movie did a better job of setting up the mystery of Simon's secret crush's true identity, making us think it could be any number of people by giving viewers red herrings. At any rate, I did enjoy reliving the movie and characters in printed form. The novel was easy to read and well-written, and told in first person from Simon's point of view. My favorite quote: "I guess I didn't really think of myself as interesting until I was interesting to Blue." It's sometimes hard to see the value of ourselves until someone points it out.
Parker-Geraghty More than 1 year ago
Running the risk of sounding cheesy and cliche’, "Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda" by Becky Albertalli genuinely made me smile. I could not have enjoyed reading this novel any more. This coming-of-age story revolves around an in-the-closet high school student, Simon Spier, who is forced to come out after a blackmailer discovers his emails to another closeted classmate with whom he has fallen in love. The storyline brought me aboard an emotional rollercoaster, with especially heartwarming highs. The experiences that take place in this novel are so realistic and engaging that I found myself stepping inside the characters’ shoes- from walking around Shady Creek to jamming out in the car with Simon’s posse. I was entertained the entire time I spent reading this novel, which occurred over the span of two days- I just couldn’t put it down! Some of the obstacles that Simon encountered over the school year are certainly not exclusive to members of the LGBT community. I guarantee that any typical middle school or high school student (myself included) has been in the same boat as Simon more than once in their life. He faces numerous challenges concerning the utter rudeness and hurtful acts carried out by his peers. However, despite the more deep or tense facets of the story, Becky Albertalli still managed to create an uplifting and heartwarming tone. The mysterious aspect of the story, relating to the anonymous character “Blue”, constantly kept me intrigued and wanting to read more. The main characters are such a perfect mix of relatable and lovable; so much so, that I found myself caring for and adoring each character by the middle of the novel. I fell in love with Simon’s quirky, amiable, dependable, lighthearted, compassionate, hilarious, ingenuous - yet complex, conflicted, and tainted- personality. He is a perfect example of how human beings are often much more complex than they may appear to be. His many layers are what make him such a compelling and stimulating character. Leah is Simon’s long-time bestfriend, who completely understands him- almost more than he understands himself. She is not your typical teenage girl, which just makes her that much more lovable. She is fairly closed-off and sarcastic, but yet, such a genuinely nice and caring person. Abby is the newer addition to the close-knit group of friends. She is bubbly, optimistic, sympathetic, wholesome, and trustworthy. Despite being on the newer-side, her friendship with Simon is comprised of a mutual understanding and sincere love for one another. Lastly, Blue is the anonymous guy that Simon falls in love with over the course of the novel. He is very intelligent, sincere, compassionate, witty, and caring. His wholesome and pure personality shines through in all of his emails to Simon, and renders the reader to adore him without even knowing his true identity. Each character from this book contains qualities and characteristics that I recognized in myself, which added a whole new dimension to the story. Throughout the course of the novel, Simon learns to be unapologetically true to himself, which is a wonderful transformation for the reader to witness. This novel is clear and obvious demonstration of how vital true, considerate, and loving friends and family members are in someone’s life. The novel contains very important life lessons that anyone can benefit from learning; one of the most prominent of the morals being to love yourself for who you are.
WhisperingStories More than 1 year ago
This book has had rave reviews and has just been turned into a film, so despite not normally reading highschool YA books, I was more than happy to give this a go. The reason I usually steer clear is because going through high school once was more than enough for me! I’m so glad that I did give this a go, I devoured the book whole and am feeling all warm inside still – it’s a lot less angsty than you’d expect a teen coming-out story to be but without skimping on the drama, with well developed characters and wit. The writing style is utterly compelling and so easy to read. I love that the parents in this book are embarrassing, as all parents of teens are required to be, but they’re not negligent, stupid or hurtful as you often read in books. I really loved this because seeing supportive but slightly weird parents on the page is refreshing and probably truer to life than most other stereotypes! I adored that the end of each chapter showed the e-mail correspondence between Simon and his mystery man, Blue. The intensity of their emotions and seeing them fall for each other through the lost art of love letters is addictive reading, along with their shared insecurities and uncertainty. The characters are excellent and really did remind me of high-school politics and friendship dynamics. It’s great to see the issue of homophobia in schools being tackled – as in, the administration deals with it rather than sweeping it under the rug and there are teachers that are prepared to fight for their pupils’ right to not be targeted in school. I can see why this is an important book and so popular, I’ll be recommending it to anyone and everyone from now on. It’s a wonderful book about how coming out can be challenging (when it shouldn’t be) but that things may work out better than you expect.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved this book. I also loved the movie-- but now I see how much they are two separate things. I'm glad I saw the movie first because otherwise I think I'd be really upset at the changes. I was able to love the movie as itself first, and now I can also love the book. I mean, changing Oliver Twist to Cabaret? Why? I have no idea. I did really enjoy the teacher in the movie much more than the book and I loved the addition of the principal. But the book... it was... I'm going to say it. BEAUTIFUL. Are you surprised? This was such a sweet love story that has a lot of really great ideas to ponder. How, even with white male suburbia privilege, it was really tough for Simon to come out to his really accepting parents. How even when Simon does get to be with his love, they can't hold hands "because this is still Georgia." How Leah reacts and how Simon handles that. How Martin is not a purely villainous villain. And so, so much more. Both of my copies are checked out and I wish I had more because there are so many students who want to read it!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Simon is gay. But he's not out yet. The only two people who knows are Blue, the sweet anonymous guy he's been emailing, and Martin, the guy who discovered said emails and tries to blackmail him. How can he maneuver school, family, friends, and discovering Blue, if he has all these on his plate? I have to admit, I picked up this book because it was turned into a movie. And I am very curious of how this movie will go. It's also been such a hype in the YA book community, so in a way, i was curious with all the buzz. I liked the book. I didn't see anything I particularly didn't like. I liked the hunt for Blue but I kinda figured it out from the get go. I just liked how everything just fell into place in the end. Like about Simon's family and particularly his friends. It's definitely a coming-of-age feel-good book. And I just love the simplicity of the book in general. This is why I love YA contemporary, I turns something so simple to something amazing.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I’ve read quite a few books over the years, but this is by far my absolute favorite!! ??
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Went to see the movie and so glad I read the book after. Must read and must see!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Love everything about this
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Beat book i have ever read i love it so mutch i read it like a 1,000 times
TheTruthfulWizard 14 days ago
This novel has become one of my favorites and is unquestionably in my top 10 list. Becky Albertalli talks about the controversial subject of Homosexuality and the repercussions it can have on a teen in high school. This book is funny, well-written, exciting, romantic, and sad at times; the author manages to convey all the emotions an LGBT high schooler faces and she does it exceptionally. I believe this is one of the most in-depth and thoroughly thought out books I have read in my life so far. LGBT teens and adults, young adults, and older adults can all correlate to this book of finding yourself and having confidence in who you are as a person. Similar to André Aciman’s enlighting novel, Call Me by Your Name, this book is full of unexpected twists, turns, and enthralling metaphorical loop-de-loops. Both books highlight the important subject of being yourself and how it doesn’t matter whether you’re gay, straight, bi, pan, or whatever because at the end of the day we are all human and we are all perfect in our own ways. This book comprises one of the most prominent quotes for the world’s current bigoted and hate-filled day and age “White shouldn't be the default any more than straight should be the default. There shouldn't even be a default.” I believe this quote is trying to get the message passed that no one is normal because we are all unique, special, and diverse in our own amazing and remarkable ways, and we need to learn to accept or at least cope with that fact that we are all different and we should embrace those differences because those differences are what makes all of us, ourselves.
Anonymous 8 months ago
this book is so relateable for closeted teens in the modern day. it deals with bullying,the fear of comin out and coming to terms with who you are. this book made me emotional throughout.
Anonymous 10 months ago
Bit disappointed and this took me a little over 100 pages for me to really get into this. I don't know if I was expecting something different but I was expecting MORE. More drama, problems, issues, there was a decent amount but very short lived. Simon has an excellent group of friends I will say and a family that is very supportive but very unrealistic in my eyes. Cute read, shorter than I thought in my case I'm glad it was shorter.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I adored this book! It was such a sweet, sad, beautiful, messy story, all in the best way possible. The subject matter was so sensitive but it wasn’t overly dramatic, nor did it seem to just gloss over it or render it as an insignificant moment. Simon was such a sweet boy, and I loved him. He is a very relatable character. He is awkward, funny, caring, and emotional. I found myself laughing at him and with him, and rolling my eyes at him, and hurting for him. His relationship with his friends was fun and amazing. His friend group was incredible. And his relationship with his sisters was refreshing–he got along so well with his sisters and that’s something I really appreciated. Everyone in his life was so supportive of him, especially when he came out, even if the circumstances of the coming out wasn’t the best. But I was so, so happy that Simon’s friends were so fiercely protective of him when the secret of his sexuality was outed. I don’t think I could’ve handled the trauma of his friends turning their backs on him during this awful moment of his life. Simon’s relationship with Blue was my absolute favorite thing, though. They’re both incredibly sweet as they help each other through this struggle in their lives. They distract each other when their lives are stressful and they give each other confidence to be the best people they can be as they try to be true to themselves. The big reveal of who Blue is was my favorite. He is so perfectly suited for Simon, and vice versa. They’re both soft, emotional, funny boys and their young love was so cute and refreshing to read about. This book was amazing. It covered so many topics and was full of social commentary and was incredibly philosophical. I enjoyed every facet of this book and was totally captivated with every word.
Stacy_Renee More than 1 year ago
I don't really want to describe a book as cute, but this was definitely that. Boy slowly falls in love with mysterious internet person. Boy has his sexual preference outed to the entire school. Boy deals with life and ends up with the cute boy. This is contemporary young adult at it's finest. There's plenty of high-school drama, teen angst, love, and all the things in between. I have to say that it was written well and engaging enough for me to overlook the school setting. I had no idea I would love this so much. By the end I was smiling like an idiot. Simon & Blue are now on my OTP list (which literally has maybe 4 or 5 couples on it because this is not my area of expertise). Simon was thoroughly adorable throughout the book and I couldn't help but root for him. I've seen nothing but rave reviews for the recently released film adaptation so hopefully I'll get a chance to see it soon!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Amazing book, keeps you on your toes
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Love who please and dont let anybody tell you different. Whether your gay, straight, bisexual, asexual, pansexual, etc. We all deserve love. If you agree use the hashtag #loveislove. <3
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love this book and movie. Super adorable and cute. Amazing. Who ever thinks this is gross please keep your thoughts to yourselves.....or just go die in a hole.
NatashaRenae More than 1 year ago
This book is outstanding. The meaning behind the book is inspirational and I love it. I checked this out from the library because so many people where talking about how good it is and may I say they were right its so amazing and so far I've read the book over a dozen times and every time its good. This is one of my favorite books ever. Becky Albertalli is truly an amazing author and I will definitely be purchasing and reading any of her future novels.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is beautifully written, beautifully thought out, and beautifully gay. This brings up several contriversial points ie Why is straight or white the default? Buy the whole series you won't regret it. To the fanpeople: OTP TO THE PEOPLE WHO SAY BEING GAY IS WRONG: I disagree
smg5775 More than 1 year ago
Simon is outed while trying to deal with his best friends' problems, his parents, and his youngest sister. I liked Simon. His family was weird but likable. The story captured the angst of the teen years. Best friends are not easy to tell especially when jealousy comes along. He is also falling in love with a Tumblr e-mail pal. I liked how social media is portrayed--the good and the bad to the downright ugly. This is a good beach read. I look forward to more in the series.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have been wanting to read this book for a very long time and I finally got around to it and must I say I was blown out of the water! Simon is such a loveable and relatable main character it's ridiculous! No matter who you are you will feel like an "angsty" teen all over again with this one, (not in a bad way but in a charming manner). It will flood your mind with nostalgia and bring you to tears as well. Not only is Simon a good main character but the side characters also undergo good character development as we get closer to finding out who Blue actually is. I would totally recommend this book if you're looking for a refreshing romance novel.