Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda

Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda

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 Blu...

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Title:Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda
Author:Becky Albertalli
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Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda Reviews

  • Adam Silvera

    Original Review (December 2013): If Becky wasn't a gay teenage boy with good grammar and a foul mouth in several past lives, then she's absolutely one of the most observant writers in the YA game.

    New Review (June 2017): Just finished my third or fourth reread of SIMON VS., this time on audio which is narrated by the amazing Michael Crouch, and wow, I love this book more each time. I'm 27 right now and SIMON remains the book I wish I had 10 years ago.

  • Raeleen Lemay

    I'm trying to spend more time this year re-reading some of my favorite books, and this was a great start! I actually listened to it on audiobook this time around, and the narration was amazing. No complaints! Also I'm SO FREAKING EXCITED FOR THE MOVIE

    THIS BOOK IS WONDERFUL.

    If a story about a cynical gay Harry Potter fan falling in love with somebody from the inside out sounds appealing to you, do y

    I'm trying to spend more time this year re-reading some of my favorite books, and this was a great start! I actually listened to it on audiobook this time around, and the narration was amazing. No complaints! Also I'm SO FREAKING EXCITED FOR THE MOVIE

    THIS BOOK IS WONDERFUL.

    If a story about a cynical gay Harry Potter fan falling in love with somebody from the inside out sounds appealing to you, do yourself a favor and pick this up when it comes out in April.

  • Hailey (Hailey in Bookland)

    Awesome. Video review to come.

  • Elise (TheBookishActress)

    in honor of me seeing the movie early and then seeing it again on a cheesy movie date:

    🌷Simon putting Martin in his phone as “monkey’s asshole”

    🌹I can’t believe “mom, pick me up, kids are drinking alcohol” isn’t in the book

    🌷the Drarry fanfiction summer

    🌹“there are some socks that shouldn’t be washed by your mom”

    🌷the suck and dick nice weather typo, and Blue subsequently bringing it up, like, eight times

    🌹the unfortunately correct representation of wh

    in honor of me seeing the movie early and then seeing it again on a cheesy movie date:

    🌷Simon putting Martin in his phone as “monkey’s asshole”

    🌹I can’t believe “mom, pick me up, kids are drinking alcohol” isn’t in the book

    🌷the Drarry fanfiction summer

    🌹“there are some socks that shouldn’t be washed by your mom”

    🌷the suck and dick nice weather typo, and Blue subsequently bringing it up, like, eight times

    🌹the unfortunately correct representation of what high school theater is like. thoughts and prayers appreciated

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    🌹the entire chapter where Simon drinks a beer

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    🌹thanks Simon this is the best quote I’ve read in my damn life

    🌷 Simon going on a rant about all the different places they came from and how they all got here and Abby replying with “slavery, in my case”

    🌹I still think Abby and Leah should have ended up together, especially after that one line about how they really were just "trying to impress each other"? why was that there if they‘re both Really Straight? [bi Leah theory is real and i'm so glad Becky agrees with me]

    🌷I cant believe the post-presidency Barack Obama joke wasn’t in the book because that was fucking awesome

    🌹all of Simon’s email titles. especially Reese’s are better than sex

    🌷“Maybe you should stop having heterosexual sex”

    🌹Blue being an asshole and attaching a picture of a Reese’s to an email

    🌷“Partying harder than Blue’s mom since 2014”

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    🌷Simon thinking Blue dressing up like a cheerleader is cute, one chapter after they sarcastically intone the concept of ogling cheerleaders.

    🌹 I am literally not joking, that actually happens in this book and it took me FOUR REREADS to notice it.

    🌷Leah dressing extra-feminine to protest gender bender day

    🌹

    –somebody finally fucking said it!!

    🌷Leah’s birthday haiku for Simon

    🌹“le fuck”

    🌷When Blue calls Simon cute and grammatical and Simon calls him that back. wow I love love

    🌹

    –Simon being a smooth bitch

    🌷did we all just forget that Simon ran a tumblr called Passion Pit OBSESSION

    🌹the part where Simon and Blue touch hands oh my god !!!!!

    🌷

    –Blue being a smooth bitch

    🌹Simon stealing Leah’s cut your eyes to the side strategy and using it on Martin

    🌷Simon giving into the Martin thing and immediately internal monologuing “I hate myself. I hate myself” is the most relatable content

    🌹Abby replying to Martin hitting on her with “I do like waffles. that’s why I got them”

    🌷hashtag roasted

    🌹Blue’s dad getting him a book by Casanova

    the fact that Blue says “as you would say, freaking Casanova” and Simon immediately replies with “FREAKING CASANOVA” that’s so pure

    🌷Blue being turned on by Simon’s sentence fragments

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    🌷THE FACT THAT WE’VE ALREADY SEEN BRAM FREEZE UP AROUND SIMON IN REAL LIFE AAAAAAAH

    🌹Martin singing at the Waffle House

    🌷How sweet and soft Abby is after Simon comes out she freaking,, has him pull over and is so nice

    🌹Everything Abby does in this whole book?

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    🌹Simon calling his future inlaws

    🌷all the conversations about letting the walls down in this book are so freaking relatable. it really does feel like there’s no going back once you tell one person and I’m so impressed that Becky Albertalli managed to get that down.

    🌹THE ENTIRETY OF PAGE 129

    🌷a sophomore snuck into the chem lab and got his junk stuck in a beaker?

    🌹Taylor getting more characterization than basic mean girl !! [make her Leah's love interest in Leah on the Offbeat. I beg and pray]

    🌷Blue slipping a joke about how good Simon is at distracting him into his Upset Monologue

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    –Simon being a freaking savage

    🌷I don’t know about you but I can’t read the why is straight the default paragraph without thinking about OH GOD HELP ME JESUS

    🌹and Blue replying with “the Homosexual Agenda” I’m freaking crying

    🌷“You have me curious. Banana? Hot dog? Cucumber?” –a real thing Simon actually typed and sent

    🌹“More like a giant baguette” –a real thing Blue actually typed and sent

    🌷“I love your giant baguette” –a real thing Simon actually typed and sent

    🌹Simon calling Blue “my Jewish-Episcopalian email boyfriend” in his internal monologue

    🌷the fact that Nick likes to talk about social media as a vehicle for constructing and performing identity

    🌹“Whatever the hell that means” —Simon

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    🌹“I’m pregnant”

    🌷the fucking smiley face on page 171

    🌹Simon calling Target “an office supply Justice League”

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    🌹HERE IT IS GUYS. THE MOST ICONIC AND RELATABLE LINE FROM THIS WHOLE BOOK:

    🌷the fact that Simon says this about Bram, the most heterosexual of straights, the straightest, just call him Straighty McHetero

    🌹AUDITIONS !! SIMON CALLING BRAM CUTE !! WOW IF PAGE 195 AINT A PAGE

    🌷also Simon’s entire arc means the fucking world to me and I am so proud of him

    🌹why does Simon get drunk so much in this book

    🌷the Elliot Smith shirt !!

    🌹Simon trying to crank Sufjan Stevens and it going about as well as you could expect

    🌷the NOTE IN THE SHIRT

    🌹ALL OF THE FERRIS WHEEL SCENE. PAGE TWO SIXTY SIX TO TWO SIXTY EIGHT IN THE US HARDCOVER EDITION WOW LOVE IS REAL 👏👏👏

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    —Abby being a savage

    🌹“you’re THE cute guy” —BRAM BEING THE MOST ROMANTIC

    🌷SHOUT OUT OUR ANNIVERSARY EVERY WEEK

    🌹Bram’s dad using Casanova being bisexual as a reply to him coming out

    🌷the fact that a 2015 bestselling YA novel used the word bisexual twice and it’s 2018 and I still feel like I have to recognize that

    🌹the “happy two day anniversary!!!!!!!!!” text

    🌷“don’t you dare cry” “what? no way” *has a full breakdown*

    aaaaaaanddddddd most importantly

    🌹WHY WOULD I WANT TO WATCH OTHER PEOPLE KISSING

    🌷WHEN I COULD BE KISSING YOU

    that’s all, folks, thank you for coming to my Ted Talk !! please read this book it’s eight levels of purity, cleansed my soul, and made me into the lesbian I am today. also I technically read most of it from 4 am to 6 am on Jan 18 because priorities, and if that's not an endorsement, what is?

    Nick is lowkey there for added heterosexual romance drama, there is a reference to coming out being easier for gay girls that I think is an oversimplistification, and that is literally it. I do my best to criticize things but my guy sometimes you just gotta accept masterpieces for what they are

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  • شيماء ✨

    why is reading this book somehow the most

    feeling in the world? like stars realigning and flowers growing inside you and a thousand suns setting within your very bones?

    here’s the thing:

    . I was 16 and forever I will associate this story with the genuine feeling of connection, the comfort of realizing your experiences are universal, and the loveliness of knowing that you have a community. I remember finishing it the first time and th

    why is reading this book somehow the most

    feeling in the world? like stars realigning and flowers growing inside you and a thousand suns setting within your very bones?

    here’s the thing:

    . I was 16 and forever I will associate this story with the genuine feeling of connection, the comfort of realizing your experiences are universal, and the loveliness of knowing that you have a community. I remember finishing it the first time and thinking how wrong it felt that everything looked the same, as if the world should have registered the events and it should have changed the way that I changed.

    It's a beautiful coming-of-age story about a gay teen —Simon, who's still trying to define himself and all of his edges, to learn to be unafraid of wanting to be who he is and loving who he loves while facing conflicts that are too familiar to a lot of us. It's a story that advocates a world where being straight isn’t the default, where there isn’t any sexuality assumptions and where lgbtq+ people aren't being pressured to “come out”, while also firmly stating that coming out is a very personal thing for someone to do and

    should take that away from them.

    this book really has a place in my heart nothing else could ever have and I really cannot recommend it strongly enough!!

    okay. this next section is going to be super spoilery and basically just me losing my shit, so if you haven't read the book, you know the drill!!

    ✨ do you ever just sit and think about how cute a book is and get all smiley?? when you're trying to start your homework again and you can't because you have to stop and smile more??

    ✨ I feel like roses and sunshine and glitter

    ✨ I feel like Becky Albertalli personally broke into my house and tucked me into bed and made me a warm cup of tea and asked me how I'm doing

    ✨ it literally does not matter what mood I am in or how crappy of a day I had, Simon vs. never fails to make me smile

    ✨ and can you

    there are people out there who’ve never read this book???? how sad???

    ✨ alright let's talk about this book

    ✨ Simon is basically me:

    I too only understand 5% of life.

    I too constantly think about how much I’ve changed in the past 3 years and just go like, thank god. (no really, if someone could erase any traces of my existence before the age of 14, I would really appreciate it).

    I’m just so fucking [clenches fist] GAY. I mean you'd think after being gay my whole life I wouldn’t be so shook when a girl looks in my general direction, but there I am, still fucking shook.

    ✨ and also, I too have made so many connections with people on the internet that I like so much I sometimes just sit there and think “holy shit. there are people who are LUCKY enough to see this person IN THE FLESH. ON A REGULAR DAILY BASIS. I hope they realize that the universe has aligned in their favor and that they're so goddamn LUCKY!!”

    ✨ I love Simon. he's just so fucking likable. I mean he can be a piece of shit sometimes, but I have no right to judge him, for I too am a fucking swamp gremlin

    ✨ but truly, I love how he came to realize that he needs to try to be a better friend and a better person in general. he starts asking Leah & Abby hard questions about their families, apologizes when he crosses a line with Abby and realizes that he hurt Blue by assuming he was white. I just love how he messes up, gets called out on it and strives to do better. I fucking love him

    ✨ but let's move on to my ABSOLUTE FAV though

    ✨ can you believe Bram has only made a grand total of like, 5 appearances in this book (most of which were towards the end) and my idiotic self still managed to love him so fiercely??

    ✨ Bram is literally the softest human to ever exist. He's the human embodiment of sunshine and glitter and nice things. And I fucking love him. he's so gentle and so kind and he actually BLUSHES because that's just how BIG OF A CUTIE he is. And oh my god. I need to lie down for a second

    ✨ I know he's fictional or whatever but I really hope that the universe is this kind to him whenever he's in need because I love him and he's one of those people who would genuinely make you feel wanted and beautiful because them even looking at you makes you feel special & they’re so amazing and how could someone that radiant even exist!!!

    ✨I just really fucking love Bram, alright

    ✨ aaaand

    ✨ He's also so fucking relatable:

    he doesn't know how to continue a conversation after saying hello & has zero communication skills.

    He's an introvert who surrounds himself with extroverts because he doesn't think he's fun or funny and he would rather just sit there and listen while someone else has the burden of creating the mood and atmosphere.

    he literally does not possess the barest modicum of chill when it comes to his crush. yeah. let's not forget how he dragged his best friend to this school play THREE times, solely because the boy he's been pining after had a NON-SPEAKING role in it. Bram, son, I hate to be the one to break this to you but you're a total mess and I wholeheartedly love and support you

    ✨ ok I'll shut up about Bram now

    ✨ how about we move on to

    ✨ you'd think after two years my obsession with this otp would be quelled by now but I guess my feelings are well acquainted with the concept of

    it's so innocent and so warm and so sickeningly sweet… the kind that makes my insides go all gooey & glittery and causes my heart to flutter uncomfortably and feel like I am going to spontaneously combust!!!

    ✨I am probably being too corny but you can't look me in the eye and tell me you haven't gone through something when Bram showed up at the Ferris wheel & when he left the Elliott Smith t-shirt in Simon’s locker with the softest love note ever and when they skipped lunch and went on an oreos adventure to the convenience store

    ✨ and '

    ' when Simon said he really wanted to hold his hand and '

    ' because Bram really wanted it to be Simon

    ✨I MEAN HOLY SHIT STAB BE WITH A FUCKING RUSTY NAIL I WANT THIS KIND OF SOFT LOVE WITH A SOFT GIRLFRIEND!!!

    ✨ yeah anyway one day my life will not revolve around fictional characters. today is fortunately not that day

    ✨ OK but can we also talk about the fact that Bram's hints in the emails were so subtle and so lowkey and very thought out so they would eventually reveal his identity if Simon ONLY knew where to look ?? and then there's Simon who's such a fumbling dork and who couldn’t be smooth for the sake of his fucking existence?? he was so blantantly obvious with the whole "Jacques a dit" thing and rambling about his teachers that it was too easy for Bram to put two and two together?? god I love them

    ✨ and yeah. sometimes I’m sad and stressed out and feeling like shit but then, right before my eyes, I can see it: that scene where Simon calls soccer tryouts 'auditions' because he's such a massive theater dork and Bram smiles at him so softly and Simon has literally no idea what to do with himself ???? WHOLESOME

    ✨ I’m still laughing because Simon spent a good portion of this book mocking overly cutesy couples on facebook but he ended up wanting TO HAVE EXACTLY WHAT THEY HAVE and even joking about it with his boyfriend?? what an incredible character development

    ✨anyway, I still can’t believe we get to witness Simon and Blue fall in love on the big screen. 2018 is truly a gays only event

    ✨ is it just me or is this damn review getting so long

    ✨ I wish I was this passionate about my college assignments

    ✨ anyway

    ✨ I have an abundance of feelings about Leah

    ✨ first of all, I RELATE to Leah so much (look I know what you're thinking but everyone is relatable and this book has so much of me in it. it's unbelievable)

    my talent is also coming off as an inviting and warm and open person but still remaining fairly closed off??

    I'm also very familiar with those Moods where you need like, affection and validation from your friends but you resent that you have to ask for it so you end up just sulking alone in your bed wishing someone would psychically know that you need a three hours hug!!

    I too automatically assume everyone dislikes me unless EVERY individual states otherwise, as in they have to constantly tell me that they actually enjoy my presence in order for me to believe that they don’t actually secretly hate me and constantly think I’m annoying and are just being friendly to be polite!!!

    . and can we appreciate what a good friend she is?? how she emulates the open warmth only kind people effortlessly exude just by being their genuine selves??? I feel like she's one of those genuinely nice girls who tell you your hair looks good or gently let you know if you have lipstick on your teeth and make the world a little more brilliant

    ✨ remember how Simon immediately knew she was the one who picked his birthday cake because it was perfect and if anyone would remember how simon could never commit to one flavor and how thinks red icing tastes too red, it would be Leah?? I don’t know, y’all, but friends who are so committed to recalling small details about you without you having to tell them are a warm luxury everyone deserves!!

    ✨ I also love Abby, she's a soft summer girl dappled in sunlight and she's so cute with her casual displays of friendship and platonic love!! it's just so good and pure and beautiful always!!

    ✨ Lastly, I hope all the Martins of the world are out there experiencing SHIT.

  • Ariel

    This. Book. Was. So. Much. FUNNNN.

    It has been ages since I stayed up late reading a book, propping my eyes open just to keep going. This book had me up at 2AM wanting to find out what would happen to our precious Simon. The family relationships were fantastic, the friendship dynamics were really well done, the musical was too much fun, I loved that the romance took place over the internet, I just completely soaked it all up!

    If you're looking for a very readable, very happy, super fun book PLEASE

    This. Book. Was. So. Much. FUNNNN.

    It has been ages since I stayed up late reading a book, propping my eyes open just to keep going. This book had me up at 2AM wanting to find out what would happen to our precious Simon. The family relationships were fantastic, the friendship dynamics were really well done, the musical was too much fun, I loved that the romance took place over the internet, I just completely soaked it all up!

    If you're looking for a very readable, very happy, super fun book PLEASE PICK THIS ONE UP AND WARM UP YOUR HEART.

  • Emily May

    Oh okay, you I-told-you-so people. You were right.

    No, really.

    And I

    didn't want to read this. I mean, why would I? I don't particularly like cutesy romances, LGBT or not. The cover is kinda sucky and not attractive. The title is an inside joke that only makes sense

    reading the book. And, let's be honest, it's always easier to convince me to read books with phrases like "mind-bending twis

    Oh okay, you I-told-you-so people. You were right.

    No, really.

    And I

    didn't want to read this. I mean, why would I? I don't particularly like cutesy romances, LGBT or not. The cover is kinda sucky and not attractive. The title is an inside joke that only makes sense

    reading the book. And, let's be honest, it's always easier to convince me to read books with phrases like "mind-bending twist", "dark secrets" and "twisted characters". The word "cute" doesn't draw me in.

    But I finally took a chance on it and I concede - this book is wonderful.

    I actually snorted aloud (like the sexy beast I am) at some of the hilarious scenes between Simon and his friends. Simon is that perfect mix of delightfully weird and totally normal - he makes us laugh and roll our eyes, but we secretly recognize many of the things he thinks.

    I giggled so much at scenes like this:

    I know this sounds extremely lame -

    . It doesn't hesitate to portray the reality of homophobia in a high school in the South, but it's ultimately such an uplifting story about friendship, family and the sweetest romance I may ever have read.

    You can read hundreds, perhaps thousands, of books about the difficulties of dealing with your sexuality and coming out - like the dark and powerful

    - and these are very important, but it was so refreshing to see a warm, fuzzy gay romance where the protagonist is supported by his friends and family.

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  • Virginia Ronan ♥ Herondale ♥

    This book was so damn cute and extremely sweet and incredibly adorable! XD

    It tasted like a hot cup of coffee in early spring,

    it felt like warm summer rain caressing your skin,

    it was as beautiful as a colourful sunrise in September and

    it smelled like a clear night sky in the middle of a cold winter night.

    In short: It gave me all those awesome fluffy, cozy and happy feels!! ! =)))

    I loved everything about

    ! From the bands and the music that was mentioned throug

    This book was so damn cute and extremely sweet and incredibly adorable! XD

    It tasted like a hot cup of coffee in early spring,

    it felt like warm summer rain caressing your skin,

    it was as beautiful as a colourful sunrise in September and

    it smelled like a clear night sky in the middle of a cold winter night.

    In short: It gave me all those awesome fluffy, cozy and happy feels!! ! =)))

    I loved everything about

    ! From the bands and the music that was mentioned throughout the entire book right up to the "Harry Potter" and "Fruits Basket" references. And OMG Simon’s and Blue’s mails!!! Gosh they were so damn cute, they were argh! I can’t even say how much I loved those two!!! This book was just marvellous and as a Fangirl I really felt like I finally arrived in seventh heaven! *lol*

    I began to read this book and at some point realised that I couldn’t stop anymore. The mystery about Blue’s true identity pushed me to read on and even though I had my suspicions I still found great pleasure in collecting the hints and trying to make some assumptions. XD

    I’ve to admit that this book got me hooked and I’m not ashamed to confess that I actually loved every second of it! ;-P

    So yeah, now that I got this off my chest, I finally should be able to write my actual review!

    Simon is sixteen years old and has a huge secret. He’s gay and he’s flirting with a guy who calls himself Blue and is more than just adorable. Well, that’s Simon’s opinion and I’ve to confess that I agree! He’s really damn cute! XD Anyway, Simon has never met Blue in real life and all they have ever done was to write very personal e-mails, personal e-mails that unfortunately end up in the wrong hands. Martin, a classmate of Simon accidentally stumbles upon them and since he has a huge crush on one of Simon’s friends, he decides to use them as leverage to force Simon to help him. Martin wants a date with Abby and if Simon doesn’t assist him, he’s going to out him to the whole world. What a mess!!! XD

    I loved, loved, loved and adored Simon!!! Gosh that boy is such a precious cutiepie!!! He’s funny and he’s refreshingly honest (well except of his little secret of course)! I could understand him so well and I think in some way I found myself in him. I mean Simon and I have a lot in common and I guess that’s probably the reason why I liked him so much! XD I hated that other people made him feel so insecure and I could understand his wish to get to know Blue in real life! Jeez! I was at the same point when I got to know my husband and it was so damn easy for me to relate to Simon’s struggle! =) Still, no matter what happened to him, he always stood his ground and I truly loved him for it!! Simon is so brave and I swear when he told Martin his opinion about his post on Tumblr I was all like: YEAH! Damn right, tell him what he did!!! XD

    Still, it hurt to know that Blue was too shy to show himself and the fact Simon was so down made me sad as well! Gosh! I think Simon actually is the most relatable character I ever had the pleasure to encounter. *lol* Everything he thought and did affected me so deeply! XD

    And I swear the moment Blue found out about Simon’s identity just took my breath away!!!

    I was all like

    It was kind of unfair though. I mean Blue obviously knew who Simon was, but Simon actually had no clue who Blue might be! XD What made it even worse, was that he didn’t even know if his feelings were reciprocated, because they actually stopped to write mails right after Simon’s identity was revealed! Oh my poor Simon! It was so painful to read!!! =(((

    This scene resonated so much with me! I actually once wrote a pretty similar mail as well! *lol*

    Oh Blue, he was so insecure and shy and somehow this only made him even more adorable! There were moments when he was so brave and then all of a sudden he was too intimidated by Simon’s mails to even give him his number. XD Blue had his own struggles to deal with and just too see how much those two tried to support each other and the way they fell in love. OMG! It was just too much! *lol* I loved so many things about Blue. His correct grammar, the way he expressed himself and the words he used! It was obvious he was a smart kid and *lol* I guess deep down within me I already knew who was behind his nickname! ;-P I needed to read it though! *LOL*

    “And the like…” Haha oh boy did that one sentence mess with Simon’s head! Truth be told, I wouldn’t have reacted any different, though. See, once again a moment where I could relate to Simon’s POV!!! XD

    Awww… just Aww! I melted when I read that note and to think Simon found it so late and didn’t even know it was there!! Holy moly! It killed me! *lol*

    I didn’t like him! Yes, I know he apologised in the end but damn what he did was just soo freaking mean and horrible! I mean he outed Simon on Christmas!! Who would ever do such a thing? My poor Simon had to deal with all this on a day that’s supposed to be one of the nicest of the entire year!! And this just because a stupid oaf called Martin had a crush on his friend Abby and couldn’t accept that she wasn’t interested in him!! I mean! ARGH!! That boy didn’t even think twice about the consequences his actions would entail! And yesh, there were plenty of consequences for poor Simon!!!

    They were amazing! Sure, sometimes I was angry with them because they didn’t understand Simon’s situation and thought everything was about them. I mean I understand why Abby was pissed but seriously, what was Simon supposed to do? He couldn’t really tell her that he was blackmailed by Martin and in the end nothing of what Simon did actually had any consequences for her. She chose Nick and Martin as well as Leah had to accept it. Period. And Leah? I know she felt left out, but it wasn’t like Simon could have done anything to stop Nick and Abby falling in love! *lol* I mean alone the thought is kind of ridiculous! XD

    Still, no matter their feelings, they always stood up for Simon and I think that’s the important thing! You quarrel with your friends because you love them and when it comes down to it they’re always there for you! ;-)

    I loved how they interacted with each other! They were so open and amazing and I had to laugh about their strange family habits. I mean alone the idea of scavenger hunting on Facebook! That was hilarious! *lol* To be a guest in their house certainly would have been funny as hell!! XD And the way Simon outed himself to his family? Haha it was priceless!!! Sure his father made many jokes but in the end he still loved his son and he felt sorry for being so oblivious and careless! =)) Alice and Nora were darlings and I guess to have two sisters like that is actually more than just a blessing!

    And the ending?!

    It was perfect!!! I was so happy I grinned like a Cheshire Cat!!! I just couldn’t stop! *LOL*

    Gah, it was so cute and adorable and the way Blue finally made his appearance!!! I think I actually died!!! XD

    If you haven’t read “Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda” , you definitely should do it now!!!!

    Drop everything you’re reading because Simon definitely will bring happiness into your life! ;-)

    Just allow yourself to be enchanted! XD

  • Maria

    /5 Stars ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐

    Look, this book started very slow for me. And I was very very hyped for it, for obvious reasons. Everyone has been talking about it for months, everyone is crying about it for months, there is a fucking movie about it, I mean, come on, I had high hopes. But for the first 150 pages I was a b

    /5 Stars ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️

    Look, this book started very slow for me. And I was very very hyped for it, for obvious reasons. Everyone has been talking about it for months, everyone is crying about it for months, there is a fucking movie about it, I mean, come on, I had high hopes. But for the first 150 pages I was a bit let down. I didn't feel the characters, the dialogue didn't speak to me, the pace wasn't the best, I expected more. But now let's talk about the last 150 pages, which I read in one sitting and finished the book.

    This book follows Simon, a gay 16 year old teenager, who has been hiding his sexuality from the world for several years. When someone called Blue posts anonymously on the school's Tumblr blog about his sexuality, Simon finds his one true love. Their relationship will grow via email, but a goofy guy named Martin will jeopardize it after finding these emails and screenshotting them to blackmail Simon into hooking him up with one of his best friends, Abby, or else he'll out him. What will he do? Will love prevail? Will his best friends stand by him when he needs it the most? What will the world say?

    Now, as I promised, let's talk about the last 150 pages. The pace quickened, lots of real shit was happening, I couldn't leave the book down! I was pleasantly surprised, because the first half of the book didn't do me much, the characters felt too one-dimensional for some reason, but oh man how I feel now. This book did an amazing job at not making Blue's identity obvious... I was confused till the last minute. The relationship between Simon and Blue was magnificent, their little jokes, their innuendos, their understanding of each other's situations, made them so real. I WANT A RELATIONSHIP LIKE THAT PLEASE LIFE.

    Now, let's talk about Simon's close people. His parents, for a start. FUCKING EPIC. I don't know if parents like that exist anywhere but I want to be like them. I want to be as cool as them when I have kids. So strict parents, listen up. Loose and happy parents who let their kids live their lives, make happy children. I have lived through situations with friends of mine with strict parents and they end up badly. LET YOUR KIDS LIVE DAMN IT. YOU ALL WILL BE HAPPIER IN THE END. Anyway. Let's talk about his closest friends, Leah, Nick and Abby. At the beginning I didn't even remember their names. For real. But then I totally fell in love with them. Especially Leah. And the fact that there is a book about her MAKES ME SO HAPPY I HAVE ALREADY ORDERED IT. She deserves the fucking spotlight. His friends were so supportive of him and it showed so much in the book. Everyone wants friends like this. Simon, you're so fucking lucky I envy the shit out of you. But you deserve these friends. Cause you're an amazing cool bitch.

    I believe this book did an amazing job with the LGBTQI themes. I'm not gay myself to understand the situations and the feelings throughout the process, but this book did good. And now I understand its popularity. I also enjoyed the diversity in race. Abby, Nick, Bram... amazing. ALSO TWO BISEXUAL CHARACTERS FUCK YES??? THIS WORLD NEEDS THE REPRESENTATION.

    Right after I finished the book, I watched the movie. I was pretty pretty excited cause I had so many feels after the book ended. And I had heard such positive reviews about the movie adaptation, so I stayed up late to watch it. And I have to say this... I HAVEN'T SEEN A MOVIE COMING FROM A BOOK THAT'S SO DIFFERENT FROM THE BOOK BUT YET IN ITS OWN WAY AMAZING. Seriously, I won't even begin to name the differences, but they were so many it would takes hours. And I thought I would hate that, but it actually made the movie more of its own. It added something to it. I don't know how to explain it, but I loved the book and the movie alike. For different reasons each. And I'm so happy I picked up this book after so long and discovered the movie as well.

    In conclusion, I loved this fucking book to pieces. It's not in my favorites self, but it will keep a special place in my heart and I will remember it for a long time to come. I'm so happy I get to live inside the Simon universe for another book... I can't wait for my order for "Leah on the Offbeat" to come. I hear Simon appears too? FUCK YEAH MAN MY BOIIIIII. So till the next one... K BYE!

  • Jesse (JesseTheReader)

    This was a great read! Simon is a hilarious character and I loved reading through his perspective. I also liked that the story didn't just end right after the climax and how we got to see what happened past the big moment of the story.

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