Simon vs the Homo Sapiens Agenda, Paperback

Simon vs the Homo Sapiens Agenda Paperback

5 out of 5 (1 rating)


"The love child of John Green and Rainbow Rowell." (Teen Vogue).

Straight people should have to come out too. And the more awkward it is, the better. Simon Spier is sixteen and trying to work out who he is - and what he's looking for.

But when one of his emails to the very distracting Blue falls into the wrong hands, things get all kinds of complicated. Because, for Simon, falling for Blue is a big deal...It's a holy freaking huge awesome deal. Praise for Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda: "I love you, Simon. I love you! And I love this fresh, funny, live-out-loud book." (Jennifer Niven, New York Times bestselling author of All the Bright Places). "A remarkable gift of a novel." (Andrew Smith, author of Grasshopper Jungle). "Both hilarious and heartbreaking...Readers will fall madly in love with Simon." (Publishers Weekly (starred review)). "A brilliant beacon of optimism and cuteness for LGBTQA+ youth in a genre often bogged down with tragedy and heartbreak.

Books like Simon do change people's lives." (Waterstones Darlington Bookseller). "A wonderfully charismatic story about coming-of-age and coming out." (Bookseller). "Funny, moving and emotionally wise."(Kirkus Reviews (starred)). "It made me laugh, cry and all the fifty shades of emotions I can think of right now.

There is literally no adjectives that would be suffice to describe how brilliant this book is." (Goodreads (5 star review)). "I think I just felt my heart explode in my chest." (Goodreads (5 star review)). "One of the most electric, authentic characters I've ever read...I love this book.

Love it. Five freaking stars." (Goodreads (5 Stars)). About the author: Becky Albertalli is a clinical psychologist who has had the privilege of conducting therapy with dozens of smart, weird, irresistible teenagers.

She also served for seven years as co-leader of a support group for gender-nonconforming children in Washington, DC.

Simon VS the Homo Sapiens Agenda is her first novel.


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
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  • Category: General
  • ISBN: 9780141356099



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Simon vs. The Homo Sapiens Agenda is a young adult story about coming out. Simon is a gay kid who hasn't come out yet. The only person who knows is Blue, a boy in the same school who is also gay, but Simon doesn't know who Blue really is. And it's all working out great until Martin sees Simon's e-mails and now he's being blackmailed. This book is as much about growing up and change as it is about coming out. About the ways we change so we're never the people we were six moths ago, but never sore so than when we're teenagers. The things we know about each other and the things we don't. How life is really a series of coming outs, with each one holding the potential for change. On top of that the cast are cute and interesting. It avoids the normal cliche of having some or other cast member reacting terribly and becoming violent/whatever. Most of the cast treat the coming out as what it is, another puzzle piece in the complex game of discovering themselves as adults. Also, the main pairing is super-cute. And I love how it shows the positive and the negative of online communication, not just demonizing it.

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