review: Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli

“Why is straight the default? Everyone should have to declare one way or another, and it shouldn't be this big awkward thing whether you're straight, gay, bi, or whatever. I'm just saying.”
- Becky Albertalli, Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda

Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli 
Publication Date: April 7th 2015 
Publisher: Balzer + Bray
Pages: 303 
Series: Standalone 
Genre: Contemporary, LGBT+

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.

Simon and his story was downright cute.

PLEASE DON'T READ THIS REVIEW IT'S REALLY BAD OH MY GOD. I'll be updating this review in 2018 (when the movie comes out)! Thanks & sorry in advance. 6/9/17


Simon is a hilarious and adorable character. His friends are the best around and I JUST HAVE NO WORDS. The author (Becky) really goes in with the gay topic. Simon is gay and it's perfectly fine to be gay. Simon doesn't understands that. Throughout the story, Simon does learn that he can be gay and can love a young boy.

I'm going to cry, again. :') I do know that I have young readers so I would recommend this book for 13+. This book has a lot of swear words and does have a bar scene.   




  1. This looks like such a good book! Thank you for your review ♥
    Amy xx

    Little Moon Dragon

  2. Oooh, this looks like a well-written book! Especially, I get the vibe that it's portraying the LGBT community/character accurately, too; I hate it when books write about characters like these but they all come out stereotypical.

    xoxo Morning

    1. It is! Yes, I agree! I hope you read it, soon!


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