Book Reviews

Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli

I don’t know if you noticed, but this is all I’ve talked about both here and on Twitter this past week. I finally picked up Simon and boy, what a great decision it was!

Goodreads synopsis:

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.


I participated in Dewey’s 24 hour readathon last week and I chose mostly contemporary fiction for my TBR. This is the first time I’m foraying back into YA in several years and I’m really glad I made that decision. Many wonderful books have released so far that I missed, including Simon vs!

This book is one of those feel-good stories that leave you with a smile on your face and tears in your eyes. Simon is like every other teenager and his angst and irritation at his family is completely relatable. The characters in this book have been fleshed out really well, to the point where I was disappointed when the book ended. I need more of Creekwood High’s finest!

Thankfully, Leah on the Offbeat has released, so I have nothing to worry about. I get to read more about the gang, and more importantly, Leah! Even while reading Simon Vs., I knew that I wanted to read more about Leah. It’ll be interesting to see what Albertalli has in store for Leah in the next book.

Halfway through the book, I was able to figure out who Blue was, but it was more a random guess than calculated reasoning. The book was still, if not more, interesting to me afterwards.

If you haven’t read Simon Vs yet, I strongly recommend it. It’s one of those books everyone loves and everyone should read, at least for the LGBT awareness.

Rating: 5 out of 5


What did you think of my review? How much did you like Simon Vs? Let me know in the comments!

~ Shruti

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29 thoughts on “Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli

  1. Like I said on Instagram, this one was on my TBR list for a long time. And your review made me want to read it all more faster! : D It definitely sounds like an amazing book and I can’t wait to buy it (probably this weekend)! I really need a nice fuzzy read since I recently just finished reading Wuthering Heights . . . I can’t get why it’s placed under the romance genre. It’s toxic and depressing (for me at least).
    Great review : )

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    1. You can pry my love for Wuthering Heights out of my cold, dead hands. Omg I love that book. Maybe because it IS toxic and depressing. 🙈😂

      And do read Simon Vs. It’s the kind of book that’ll make you all warm and fuzzy on the inside. 😁

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      1. Oops I just insulted someone’s fav book *inserts sheepish smile*
        But I guess I’m still too much of a kid who likes fuzzy reads to get Wuthering heights. Maybe I’ll revisit it in a few years and get all the praise people tell about it : D
        Quick Q: have you read Jane Eyre? I’m planning on reading it over the summer and I need a heads up on whether it’s a tragedy.
        . . . I don’t handle tragedies well.
        (sorry for my hugeee comment)

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        1. Hahaha no problem at all! There are a lot of people who hate Wuthering Heights. I like it because I’m weird that way. 🙈

          Also, Jane Eyre is a tragic story. But you should still read it because it’s a really great book. 😊

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  2. Nice nice 😃 I am so glad that you loved this book too. I read it in February and finished it in just 2 days. I never finish a book so fast 😂 See I am a slow reader.
    I too feel that this books should be read by everyone. I was grinning throughout the book 😃
    I am hoping to read The Upside of Unrequited this month. Hopefully that one is good too. And then finally when the prices will go down, will read Leah 😃

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