Review: ‘Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda’ by Becky Albertalli

Review: ‘Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda’ by Becky AlbertalliSimon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli
Published by Balzer + Bray on April 7th, 2015
Genres: Contemporary, LGBT, Love & Romance, Young Adult
Pages: 300
Format: eBook
Source: borrowed from the library
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.

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All the hype was surrounding this one..Everyone was loving it, and I wasn’t too curious until Nikki from There Were Books Involved loved it. I immediately downloaded it from Edelweiss. All I knew about this one is that it’s a male/male contemporary. Considering how much I loved One Man Guy, I knew I had to give it a shot.

Got 80% into the book and I stopped.. Should have done it earlier though because there is no story.. It’s an account of Simon’s every day life which is pretty uneventful. His coming out was very supportive and sweet but I thought it was TOO perfect with his family and friends. Then there was the bullying.. The ONLY thing that has me wanting to pick this one up again is who the heck is Blue? I had my theory and if it this person, if’d be pretty cliché. It was this person, and even though it was, I’m also really glad. I always did have trouble reading every day life within books because nothing ever happens.

The things I liked?
I like that Simon knows Harry Potter and frequently talks about it. He proceeds to make many jokes about Harry Potter and some of the secondary characters didn’t get it. How can you not know Harry Potter?! The progressive school which has a gender bender day where everyone dresses up as the opposite sex. I believe this was set somewhere in the southern United States where this is unheard of. I did like some of the email messages but afterwards, I grew bored of them and ended up not reading any of it. The two were so blunt and forward. This is how it’s like to have two males in a relationship. No beating around the bush!

Ultimately, the entire beginning and middle were uneventful and I finally picked up the rest just so I could find out who it was. It was too late though, I wasn’t into the characters or their relationship. Maybe it was my mood? I’m still really sad I didn’t like it..


Being secure in your masculinity isn’t the same as being straight.
In real life, I go totally silent around cute guys. I just freeze up. I can’t help it.
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 identities are the ones who don’t fit the mold.

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  1. May

    June 1, 2015 at 1:40 PM

    I’ve been wanting to read this book for a while now but I’ve heard mixed things about it. Hopefully I’ll like it. Great review! 🙂
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    • giselle

      June 2, 2015 at 8:01 PM

      Hopefully you have better luck than I did 🙂

  2. Meredith

    May 24, 2015 at 8:53 PM

    I haven’t heard anything about this in the longest time! Too bad this one wasn’t a winner for you. Great review!
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    • giselle

      May 26, 2015 at 2:42 PM

      I know! I wanted to love it so much but ah I got so bored >_<

  3. Smitha

    May 24, 2015 at 2:52 PM

    I read this book a while ago too and I liked it maybe only slightly more than you did. I loved the humour in the book and that probably kept the story going for me
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    • giselle

      May 26, 2015 at 2:43 PM

      I wished I loved it more like you did. I guess I couldn’t connect with the characters at all

  4. Carina Olsen

    May 23, 2015 at 5:04 PM

    Aw, sad face. I’m so sorry that you didn’t like this one sweetie 🙁 But yeah, I understand what you mean. I don’t like boring books either, lol. But damn it. I just bought this one a few weeks ago 🙁 I hope to love it. But I’m worried, hah. Anyway. Gorgeous review Giselle. <3
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    • giselle

      May 26, 2015 at 2:43 PM

      Aww I hope you enjoy it better than I did. Maybe it was my mood or something???

  5. Sophia Rose

    May 23, 2015 at 9:14 AM

    Ah bummer that it got boring for you! I saw the title and thought it was catchy. Might have to check it out b/c once in a while I like the slow stuff. Nice review!

    • giselle

      May 26, 2015 at 2:44 PM

      I really thought I’d love it too.. Maybe if I re-read IT I would love it.

  6. Olivia

    May 23, 2015 at 8:17 AM

    I can totally understand where you are coming from! While I am enjoying it, I can see how it is not a perfect fit for everyone. I’m currently listening to this book through Audible. I think that there is quite a lot of humour in this novel that comes through while listening to the narrator.
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    • giselle

      May 26, 2015 at 2:45 PM

      Ooh an audiobook would be loads better especially if there’s dialogue. Maybe I missed the humour that was intended?!

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