Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda (Simonverse, #1)

by Becky Albertalli

4.32 of 5 stars 57 ratings • 28 reviews • 85 shelved
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Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda (Simonverse, #1)

by Becky Albertalli

4.32 of 5 stars 57 ratings • 28 reviews • 85 shelved

The beloved, award-winning novel is now a major motion picture starring 13 Reasons Why's Katherine Langford and Everything, Everything's Nick Robinson.


Straight people should have to come out too. And the more awkward it is, the better.

Simon Spier is sixteen and trying to work out who he is - and what he's looking for.

But when one of his emails to the very distracting Blue falls into the wrong hands, things get all kinds of complicated.

Because, for Simon, falling for Blue is a big deal ...

It's a holy freaking huge awesome deal.


Praise for Simon vs. The Homo Sapiens Agenda:

'Worthy of Fault in Our Stars-level obsession.' Entertainment Weekly

'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

  • ISBN10 0062348671
  • ISBN13 9780062348678
  • Publish Date 7 April 2015
  • Publish Status Active
  • Imprint Balzer & Bray/Harperteen
  • Format Hardcover
  • Pages 320
  • Language English


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Steph L 5 of 5 stars
I once again loved this book even more than I can say. I'm shocked I read it so quickly this time. I loved this reread so much more than the first time and I didn't think that was possible.

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kiracanread 5 of 5 stars
oh my gggggggg, such a good book, I absolutely adored all of the characters in this book, each with their own redeeming qualities. I think Becky Albertalli is doing an incredible job time and time again.

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vagasker 4 of 5 stars
I really liked this book and its narrator. Michael Crouch has the perfect voice to narrate a book set in high school. I did feel at times that the ending of the chapters were very abrupt. I don't know if it is or that it just felt like that because I was listening to it, but it was just something that I noticed.

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Leigha 3 of 5 stars
A young man discovers love on social media in this cute young adult contemporary romance.

It breaks my heart to admit I did not love this book. I went into this novel expecting a slam dunk, but instead walked away feeling pretty meh about it. And I honestly do not fault the novel - my reading tastes are changing, meaning books I would have found previously enjoyable are not as entertaining to me anymore.

Listen, this book is cute. Simon is a lovable complex character and a great representation for the LGBTQ+ community. It's refreshing to read about the development of a healthy relationship where the love interests are not each others end all and be all. He and Blue are not defined by their romance. Simon has important, key relationships with friends and family members outside of his romance with Blue and vice versa. Their relationship is definitely the backbone of the novel (and super sweet), but it exists in cohesion with other elements.

I do have one particular quibble. While Simon has three best friends (as well as multiple acquaintances) in this novel, I just didn't feel the friendship between him and Leah. I was expecting her and Simon to be BrOTP goals, and yet she always seemed like such an afterthought - not just to Simon, but to Nick and Abby too. The moments where Simon and her connect felt forced and not authentic.

tl;dr A cute RomCom with complex characters and a fun mystery.

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I'm having a weird moment where I don't know what to say about a book.

Simon was adorable.  110% of myself wanted nothing more than his complete and total happiness.  I liked Simon.  I liked Simon a lot.  I wanted to sit and watch his antics and frustrations and being human all day long.  Every time I sat down with this book, it hooked me.  So much love, honestly.

It is a really quick read.  Legit, I sat down to read a couple chapters because I had a smidge of downtime and read the entire rest of the book.  The dialogue is quick and fun and witty.

I liked it.

It was a light read that dealt with coming out in a very respectful way.  I'm straight, so I cannot begin to understand the struggles of coming out, but I got the impression that Simon Vs. The Homo Sapiens Agenda was very thoughtful and respectful and even though some people are total toolbags, that's the world.  I think Becky did a great job.

I'm very much looking forward to reading Leah on the Offbeat.

That's all I have to say.  It was sweet, adorable, heartwarming and lovely.  Totally recommended.

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Ugh I can't believe I waited so long to read this book because it was SO ADORABLE. I mean I actually know WHY I waited so long (I was extremely worried about the astronomical levels of hype this book received) but it was definitely worth the wait. Simon was everything you want in a high school YA: hilariously funny (sometimes at the protagonist's expense), heartfelt yet cringey family dynamics, social structures that felt realistic, and just the lightest touch of teenage angst. Pair that with Simon's completely and totally unique narration (I love the way he talks, I don't even know how to coherently describe it but it's so him- I just love how he uses freaking to describe everything, it's so cute) and this book is just a plain fun read. I also adored the inclusion of Simon and Blue's emails and how they felt so intimate. It's rare I find a high school setting in a book nowadays where I find I can love and relate to the characters so much but Simon nails it.

Overall: I'm almost scared to read another book by Becky Albertalli because I'm worried I won't ever love and want to hug a character as much as I just want to reach into the pages and squeeze Simon. Major props to an author who created a character who is certain to be topping "my bookish bff" lists for years to come.This review was originally posted on Girl in the Pages

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This review was originally posted on The Bumbling Bookworm

This was a reread for me, I HAD to reread it before going to see Love Simon on Wednesday.  I thought I'd give the audiobook a try, as I'd heard good things, and I wasn't disappointed.  The narrator was fantastic, he just felt like Simon to me and it was quite authentic.  He had the tone down perfectly and the voices of the other characters were also done really well.

This book was every bit as good as the first time and I really can't fault it.  I adore all of the characters with every bit of my heart, and it was an absolute joy to read.  Albertalli has a way of writing swoony YA with all the feels, and it feels super relatable - even for a straight woman who left her teen years behind a long time ago.  To quote Simon, I can't even - 5 stars.
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Bianca 4 of 5 stars
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 whether you’re straight, gay, bi, or whatever. I’m just saying.

— An adorable and funny book about coming out. Loved the cute romance and how the main character had such a strong support system.

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katie 5 of 5 stars
MY NEW FAVORITE BOOK ohmygod so good.
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