Simon Vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda

Simon Vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda

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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."--
Publisher: New York, NY : Balzer + Bray, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, [2016]
Edition: First paperback edition
Copyright Date: ♭2015
ISBN: 9780062348685
Branch Call Number: YA ALBERTA
Characteristics: 303 pages, 15 pages ; 21 cm


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ALA/YALSA Morris Award 2016

When Simon is caught flirting online with another boy by a nerdy classmate, he is blackmailed into setting up a straight date with the classmate and a really popular girl.

#BookBingoNW category: Young Adult: A hilarious, adorable YA. Simon is emailing with anonymously with another guy in his school who has yet to come out, but soon drama ensues. Blackmail, theatre, snark, heart... this book has it all. -- Claire.

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Jan 09, 2018

I loved this book and am so irritated with myself for not reading it sooner. It's such a wonderful LGBTQ friendly book that talks about some of the issues and challenges youth might have coming out.

I wasn't expecting Blue to be who he was but that just made the ending that much more exciting and cute.

The only self issue I had was: it's just Tumblr. Not the Tumblr. So when that was brought up in the book, it drove me a bit nuts, but otherwise it's amazing!

Nov 30, 2017

This book is absolutely amazing, LGBTQ+ youth born in the late 90s or early 2000s can/will really relate to this book. Within the first couple of chapters (I'm not kidding, like page 4 of chapter 3) subtle or obvious mundane things and references are mentioned that make the book all the better. Why? Because those things are real situations that [closeted] queer youth have to deal with on a day to day basis. It's brilliant.

Nov 12, 2017

After having this book on my shelf for ages and finally reading it, I want to kick my past self for not reading it as soon as I got my hands on it. Once I started it, I couldn’t put it down, and I finished it within one sitting. The story instantly captivates you with its endearing characters and plotline; one that leaves you guessing, smiling, and absolutely in love with the contents of these pages. The characters are so unbelievably relatable that it seems as though the author took people from your own life and inserted them into the book, particularly for those of the LGBT community. It relays the struggles and conflicts between the characters in a way that was simply impossible not to feel empathy for. Overall, I’d recommend this book for anyone, really. A definite new favourite of mine which will be subject to countless rereads. 5/5 Stars.
- @ClockworkReader of the Teen Review Board of the Hamilton Public Library

Teen Vogue explained this book as, "The love child of John Green and Rainbow Rowell," and I couldn't agree more.
Simon vs the Homo Sapiens Agenda has the charm and silly laughs that go along a theme of something deeper. The story is about a boy named Simon Spier - a closeted gay boy in a small, kind of homophobic town. He secretly emails a boy who he's convinced is the love of his life, but when the emails get into the wrong hands, he needs to work to protect his identity as well as the boy he emails: Blue.
This book is funny and thoughtful at the same time. It also teaches a valuable lesson and brings awareness to the problems we have today. Simon vs the Homo Sapiens Agenda is absolutely worth reading and I can't wait to watch the movie.
- @Spectacles of the Teen Review Board at the Hamilton Public Library

One of the best books I've ever read. The author does an amazing job demonstrating the stuggles of coming out. She explains Simons feelings in great detail, so that the reader can develop a sense of understanding and a bond with the character.

Sep 24, 2017

YES this is an amazing book. I recommend this to anyone in the LGBT community, or anyone who knows anyone else in the LGBT community. It makes living that life a bit easier to understand.

Jul 05, 2017

Quite possibly the perfect LGBTQ teen novel! The book revisits old tropes without being dull about it, introduces new ones, and avoids most of the angst of your run-of-the-mill coming out teen story. In fact, while Simon is in the closet to his family, it has nothing to do with fear of rejection and more that he knows they'll make a big deal about and, ugh. The books is humorous where it needs to be and serious when called for. The story made me glad social media wasn't a thing when I was coming out, but also provided insight into what queer teens face in this day of blogs and mass text messages.

Chapel_Hill_KatieJ Jun 15, 2017

This is a charming love story that happens even before the couple knows each other’s identities. Simon has been anonymously emailing Blue. A classmate discovers one of Simon’s emails, and blackmails him. Simon is witty and has a great group of friends who love each other even though they frequently hurt each other’s feelings. Late in the book Blue says Simon writes like he talks, and indeed Simon’s narration reads like he’s talking to you. The characters are all well-drawn, and the drama captures the drama of high school.

PinesandPrejudice Jun 15, 2017

I was so late to the party but I now understand why there was a party. Holy crap, this book deserves all the hype and more. It is a complete story with a unique character who has a brilliant one-of-a-kind voice. There is continuous action with appropriate feels without being too dramatic. The family and friendship aspects are AMAZING and the cuteness levels between Simon and Blue are swoon worthy. What a complete and wonderful story.

Apr 26, 2017

I put off reading this for a long time. I regret that now.

I ended up reading this in one sitting and found myself grinning ear to ear from the sheer happiness and excitedness of our MC.

It's a beyond charming read.

Feb 13, 2017

This book literally made me squeal with happiness every time Blue sent Simon an email. I love this book! I ship Bram and Simon so hard aghhhh! <3

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