This post may contain affiliate links, which means I’ll receive a commission if you purchase through my links, at no extra cost to you. Please read full disclosure for more information.Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda Published by Balzer + Bray on April 7, 2015
(Last Updated On: December 21, 2021)
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 Simon is actually being blackmailed: if he doesn’t play wingman for class clown Martin, his sexual identity will become everyone’s business. Worse, the privacy of Blue, the pen name of the boy he’s been emailing, will be compromised.
With some messy dynamics emerging in his once tight-knit group of friends, and his email correspondence with Blue growing more flirtatious every day, Simon’s junior year has suddenly gotten all kinds of complicated. 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.
To begin, let me start off by saying that this book has been getting so much hype. Was I a bit nervous about this? Yes. Was the hype false? No.
Simon vs. the Homo-Sapien’s Agenda follows none other than Simon Spier himself, a boy who has been corresponding with another guy online named Blue. Both of them are falling for each other though neither knows who they are really talking to. All they know is that they go to the same school. They have both been keeping their sexual orientation a secret too, as neither of them has come out. Will they ever be able to meet in real life?
I FREAKING LOVED THIS BOOK. I immediately fell for the wonderful character that is Simon. He’s so awesome and I adored his love for Oreos. I mean, come on. Oreos will forever be the best cookie. Especially the red velvet or minty ones. ANYWHO, Simon was just such an honest character. He really grew and developed throughout the story and I loved being with him when he went through life changes.
I also really liked Blue. He was very mysterious and I get why he was scared of being honest and coming out. Some people can be really cruel about it. It’s sad that people have to be scared and worried about being themselves! Everyone should be able to be themselves and not be worried about others personally attacking them.
One thing worth mentioning about this book is the amazing lessons that Albertalli has expertly interwoven throughout. Simon had so many realizations that make so much sense: