Simon Vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda

Simon Vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda

Audiobook CD - 2015
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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 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.
Publisher: [New York] : HarperCollins, [2015]
Edition: Unabridged
Copyright Date: ℗2015
ISBN: 9781504615129
Branch Call Number: YA FIC
Characteristics: 6 audio discs (6 hr., 45 min.) : digital ; 4 3/4 in
audio file,CD audio,rda
Additional Contributors: Crouch, Michael (Michael Lockwood)


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Simon is a wise-cracking sixteen-year-old with a
close-knit circle of friends and a supportive family. Simon is also gay, but not out. For the last several months he’s been emailing a fellow classmate and things are getting serious. The catch? Neither of them knows the other’s real identity. Wh... Read More »

Simon has been emailing a fellow classmate and things are getting serious. The catch? Neither of them knows the other’s identity. Add in a blackmailer and some inter-friend drama and you’ve definitely got one off-beat coming of age story. Also in e-book and e-audio formats.

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Sep 04, 2019

I think this book was a great modern coming out story. When I say "modern" it's because, Simon the main character befriends an anonymous boy named "Blue.," that he found via Tumblr. The two boys quickly strike up a friendship through email, because they are both dealing with the dilemma of "coming out." Through the course of their emails the two boys begin to fall in love. Which I think is really modern, since people tend to meet online more and more these days. Although the two boys have never met face to face they quickly fall in love and it was really interesting to watch that unfold in this modern day love story. This is also a great LGBT read if you want to save this book for Pride month.

sjpl_rebekah Aug 26, 2019

This love story is adorable. Simon is adorable. Everything about this book is adorable.

In all seriousness though, this is an excellent coming-of-age/teen romance. It’s angsty and endearing and you just want to reach through the pages and give Simon a big hug. It is hard for me to relate directly to his experiences coming out to his family and friends, but many of Simon’s struggles to accept himself are universal. The supporting characters in this story are, for the most part, also very likable. Simon’s friends and family are so accepting of who he is, that at first it seemed silly to me that he is so reluctant to come out to them. As the story progresses, however, I really got a better grasp of how scary this step is to a teen, regardless of whether or not they have a strong support network.

I enjoyed this story in audiobook format. I have listened to other audiobooks performed by Michael Crouch, and his voice is very well suited to books told from the perspective of a teenage boy. It’s a very generic “young man” voice, and his even cadence makes his performances very easy to listen to.

After reading this book, I was very excited to rent the movie adaptation Love, Simon. My expectations for book-turned-movie adaptations are always low, but the movie was extremely well cast, and they captured the feel of the book very well. This can be difficult to do, especially when so much of the book is introspective.

Both the book and the film were very heart-warming, and I highly recommend both to fans of this genre.

sarahbru17 Aug 14, 2019

Writing: 10/10
Characters: 8/10
Plot: 8/10
I blitzed through this book in just over a day--it was fun, fast, and engaging. Recommend for anyone who wants a lighthearted read that provides some good insights into the mindset of a gay teen.

Aug 10, 2019

So I'm a sucker for a funny romance novel. Guess what this is. It's got humor, it's got cutesy romance and all the gay teenager drama and angst you could ask for. Albertalli gives a very lively and full story about a gay teenager in the mid-west desperately trying to find love and not get outted. The plot is a bit stereotypical, classic romance, but is still a fun and easy read, great if you have an afternoon to just curl up with a book 10/10 recommend.

Jul 08, 2019

The one thing, other than the overall book, that I love about this story is that the foundation is laid ahead of time for who Blue turns out to be. It isnt something completely out of left field that leaves the reader/audience confused, instead little clues are laid throughout the chapters that point at who Blue is. Just this idea alone is something that storytellers forget to do sometimes instead just trying to go for the shock factor. It was extremely refreshing.

JCLPiepieB Jun 26, 2019

Very cute and quick read! I'm a sucker for "online romances," and the identity of Blue kept me guessing! I loved the portrayal of Simon, his friends, and his family. I'm excited to watch the movie now and who knows, I might read the next one in this series.

May 18, 2019


Gr33nbird May 15, 2019

An adorable and quirky coming-of-age tale. Albertalli writes amazing characters with whom I always want to hang out.

Apr 03, 2019

Charming and poignant. Now, on to the movie to see how they ruin the book.

JCLMeganK Feb 22, 2019

This story follows the story of Simon, a sixteen year old that is working through how to come out to his friends and family. Simon has an anonymous pen pal, Blue, that he knows also goes to Creekwood High School. They discuss the process of coming out, as well as maneuvering the everyday life as high school students. I really loved this book not only because it explores Simon and Blue's experiences with coming out, but also because it examines his relationships with his friends and family. I highly recommend this book, and am looking forward to reading the next book in the series- Leah on the Offbeat. I am so excited for other people to read or listen to this book, and hope it positively impacts readers for years to come.

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