Simon Vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda

Simon Vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda

Book - 2015 | First edition.
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"Sixteen-year-old, not-so-openly-gay Simon Spier is blackmailed into playing wingman for his classmate or else his sexual identity--and that of his pen pal--will be revealed"-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York, NY : Balzer + Bray, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, [2015]
Edition: First edition.
ISBN: 9780062348678
0062348671
9780062348685
Branch Call Number: TEEN ALBERTA
Characteristics: 303 pages ; 22 cm

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A romantic-comedy about coming out, finding yourself, and falling in love. Theatrically released as Love, Simon.

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SnoIsleLib_Teen Dec 04, 2017

Coming out and coming to terms with who you are has never been so funny and sweet. This is "You've Got Mail" for the Tumblr generation. Read it (again) before the movie comes out!

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SnoIsleLib_MartaM Jan 01, 2017

You know you want to read it again. If you haven't, you know you're dying to.

Andrew reviewd this for our first official Vlog Squad post in May 2015!


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jjwoodard
Jan 22, 2019

This book is AMAZING! i felt so sad as i finished it. I read this out loud with my friends and we were all shrieking in joy (if that even makes sense. I guess you can say we were fangirling) at some certain parts of the book. Now my friends and i just want to watch the movie, but i suggest you read the book first. :)

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zoeythekat
Jan 11, 2019

I LOVE this book. Th characters are so diverse, relateable, and genuine. I love the character of Simon and his narrative voice, as well as the complexities of his struggles. He feels loved and accepted by his friends and parents, but like he still isn't completely free to be himself around them. He feels frustrated and angry with one of his classmates (who is blackmailing him) but at times he feels friendly towards, even fond of, that classmate. This kind of struggle between two opposing emotions carries out through the text and I think just really authentically captures the experience of being human (and being a teenager in particular).

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iPlagueRat
Jan 09, 2019

I enjoyed this book a lot. I feel that it gives an accurate telling of modern school life for teens.

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cannotbeheard
Dec 20, 2018

I really enjoyed this! It was short and fun. It is a modern-day romance. It brings to light all the insecurities you feel in a new relationship. It is lighthearted and cute.

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daysleeper236
Sep 27, 2018

Loved it. Now I want to watch the movie, "Love, Simon".

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AConsolver
Sep 06, 2018

4 Stars - I recommend if you enjoy contemporary YA, and are looking for diversity within the genre.

This book follows Simon, he's sixteen, and he's gay. But he's not "out" yet. He spends a lot of time emailing his mysterious friend "Blue" another gay guy at his high school, they have formed a very tight bond. The catch is, they don't know each other's real identities. When a conniving classmate see's Simon and Blue's emails, and learns his secret, he blackmails him. Simon must navigate his teenage feelings, his complicated friendships, the upcoming musical at his high school, online email "dating" Blue, and blackmail all at once.

I thought that this was a really sweet yet important YA book. I love seeing that this novel is so popular as it gives a bit of representation within the genre. Though it is not an "own voices" novel, I did think that the book was really well written. Unlike some of my other recent reads that included letters, emails, etc. I loved that this story was told partly in narrative, and partly via emails between Simon and Blue. Anyhow, I liked Simon quite a bit, I loved his emails with Blue, and I thought it was really sweet and fun. I was dying to find out who Blue was, and I guessed it closer to the end of the book. I didn't completely feel like I understood Simon's character, but it was close. He's in a rough situation, so I can see why he kind of overlooks things going on with his friends and family... also, I mean, he's a teen. :P I'm excited that this has been made into a movie (Love, Simon), and I can't wait to watch it soon! :)

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Merenwen
Aug 27, 2018

Honestly, I thought this book was incredibly overrated. Simon is a jerk to Leah, Abby is annoying and trite, Martin's reasons for doing what he does are kind of bland... and the narration annoyed me. How is it that a drama club kid has such a limited vocabulary?

RDPL_Teens Jul 16, 2018

An introspective first person narrative about coming out and the intricacies of relationships, romantic and otherwise...I'm reading the second book right now (Leah on the Offbeat) and it so far is just as enjoyable.

Chapel_Hill_KrystalB Jun 17, 2018

Ehhh. I liked this one okaaay. I mean... it's a solid story with interesting, well-developed characters. But it reads like so much realistic YA fiction with all its sarcasm and wittiness that it doesn't feel new to me at all. With that being said, I'm an adult and I know teens love it, so honestly, take this review with a grain of salt.

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susan_findlay
May 28, 2018

Very quick light read. I fully understand why it won all the awards. The characters feel real and diversity (racial, religious and sexual orientation) is frequently mentioned in a throwaway fashion because it just isn't a big deal - with the obvious exception of the threat to "out" Simon. (Even in that case, he's more concerned about the impact on others than on himself.) They're also fully believable as high school students.

The back-and-forth between chapters of emails and chapters of narration keep things moving quickly. I read it in one day.

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