Review: Simon vs. The Homo Sapiens Agenda

Title: Simon vs. The Homo Sapiens Agenda
Author: Becky Albertalli
Published: April 7th, 2015 by Baltzer + Bray
read in: April, 2015

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young adult • contemporary • romance

It is definitely annoying that straight (and white, for that matter) is the default, and that the only people who have to think about their identity are the ones who don’t fit that mold.

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 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.


That was magical. This is such a fun book with a MAXED LEVEL OF CUTENESS and was sooo adorable. It left me smiling from ear to ear most of the time.

There were so many relatable character in this book and portrayed how friendship and romance was dealt in teenagers in such a fun way. And each of the character was somehow reminding me of each of my friends back in high school with all the dramas. Well, I had a hard time diving into the story though at the first few pages because there were so many character that was thrown in to the first few chapters that sometimes it just got overwhelming and I often forgot who’s who. But eventually, after a certain pages, I was literally drowned to the story and finished it in one sitting.

The very adorable thing about this story was the search of the mysterious Blue. There were so many person to be suspicious of. I think the Blue mystery—which I guessed correctly—was really clever indeed since it was like playing a detective role but in such a fun way.

Overall, I have to tell you that this is a light and fluffy contemporary read. If you’re looking for something deeper then this is not what I recommend to you. This book is really recommended to you guys who have the urge to neutralize the feeling you were left after reading a deep and heartbreaking story. The mood of the book was just really fun that you will probably enjoy this book like I did!

“I like no endings,” I say. “I like things that don’t end.”




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