Simon vs the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli | Book Review


Related imageTitle: Simon vs the Homo Sapiens Agenda
Series: Creekwood, #1
Author: Becky Albertalli
Published: April 7, 2017
Genre: YA, contemporary, romance
Pages: 303
My Rating: ★★★★★
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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.

(This synopsis is from Goodreads.)

This review does not contain spoilers.



I’ll admit, I definitely put off this book for a couple of years. My good friend read it back when it was first released and kept on pestering me to read it. I’m not really into contemporary, so I didn’t think too much about it. However, now that a movie was released, I wanted to read the book before I saw the movie.

And so I read the book… but never watched the movie.

I’m not even sure it’s in theaters anymore. I guess I’ll have to wait until it comes up online or something to watch it.

Anywho, I definitely regretted waiting so long to read this book because I loved it! It was surprisingly quick and (sort of) easy to read. I’ve never felt so connected with the main character before as I did with Simon. No, I’m not a gay teenage boy, but a lot of the stuff he said throughout the book I have thought, said, or felt recently. One of my favorite quotes was…

“I’m kind of comically unathletic.”

… and I was like “same”! I wrote in my little blog spiral “Simon is so relateable it’s kind of scary.” Seriously, I was a bit unsettled how much I thought and said the same things as Simon did. It was as though the author took the thoughts out of my brain and put it on paper.

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A thing I really liked about this book is how relevant it is. It talks about the consequences of posting something on the internet and cyber bullying. I think, especially in this day and age where everyone has access to the internet, it is important to understand the effects of posting something negative online. Also, blackmailing is never okay. That’s just a given. It broke my heart to read about how some people reacted to a post a certain someone posted on the school’s gossip page, a.k.a. Tumblr.

Throughout the book, I kept on thinking about how cool it would be to have a pen pal but through email like “Blue” and “Jacques”. It’s brings a sense of anonymity yet vulnerability when talking to someone through the internet that goes to the same school as you but don’t know who.

Overall, I loved this book. It a quick read, and I highly suggest to pick it up if you haven’t already. It’s super cute and fun, but it has serious elements of sexuality, relationships, and the internet.

Normally at the end of my thoughts I would say something along the lines of “if you like (insert theme or genre here), then you’ll like this book”. However, I think Simon vs the Homo Sapiens Agenda is one of those books that anyone will like, despite their preference. Heck, I think you should read this book even if you’re not a big reader. It’s one of those stories that everyone should read.



Simon Spier

I freaking love Simon for his quirky (and slightly awkward) personality.


This might be an unpopular opinion, but I did not really like Leah. It’s because I didn’t agree with some of the emotions she had towards Simon. As his friend, I thought she would be a bit more understanding and see past herself given the circumstance, but she didn’t. Granted, I know where she was coming from, but I didn’t think it was justified to take her anger out on Simon. I don’t know. She wasn’t my favorite character, but I didn’t hate her either.

Nick Eisner

I don’t really have an opinion about Nick. To me, out of all of Simon’s friends, he didn’t have a big role in the story. He was just… there. I’m pretty indifferent about him.

Abby Suso

She’s that one kid in high school who is good at everything, is super ambitious, likable, AND popular. You’d think someone couldn’t have everything, but this girl does.

Martin Addison

Sometimes I wonder what led him to think what he thought about Simon. He should’ve known better than to do what he did, especially because of his brother.



I give this book 5 / 5 BBC Sherlock heads. My only regret is that I did not read this book sooner.



Until next time….


11 thoughts on “Simon vs the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli | Book Review

  1. Chizurue 04/15/2018 / 10:14 am

    I only recently knew about this one when the movie came out and as I prefer reading the book before watching the movie I think I’ll be checking this one out first.
    Awesome review btw! I have a feeling that I’ll be having that same regret as you – not reading this one sooner..

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  2. Anna @MyBookishDream 04/15/2018 / 4:24 pm

    I haven’t read Simon vs the Homo Sapiens Agenda yet. Like you I have been putting it off. I definitely need to change that and read this book soon, especially since I already own it. I’m glad to see that you loved this book, it makes me even more exited to pick it up. Great review! 😀

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    • Jessica 04/15/2018 / 5:03 pm

      I think you’ll really like the book! I hope you enjoy it as much as I did 😁

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  3. Kate (Reading Through Infinity) 04/16/2018 / 3:44 am

    I just read this recently too and absolutely loved it. The character dynamics were brilliant and sexual orientation was discussed so positively and with so much care. Have you been to see the film yet? Great review Jessica!

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    • Jessica 04/16/2018 / 5:17 pm

      I totally agree! I think Becky Albertalli did a great job putting a positive vibe on relationships and sexuality.
      Unfortunately I haven’t watched the movie yet. I really want to, but I haven’t found the time… Have you watched the movie? If you have, what did you think of it? Everyone has been telling me that I’m going to cry because it’s so good 😊

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      • Kate (Reading Through Infinity) 04/18/2018 / 7:44 am

        I was away when the film first came out, but I managed to see it last weekend and I thought it was great! There were a few small things they changed from the book, but overall it was a really faithful adaptation and the relationship between Simon and Blue was EVERYTHING. Some scenes were really poignant and emotional, and I ended up laughing, crying, and cheering throughout. The ferris wheel scene at the end was so good. It hit me right in the feels and I loved it. I hope you get to see it soon and I hope it lives up to your expectations! 🙂

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  4. Dani @ Perspective of a Writer 04/19/2018 / 6:29 pm

    I too kept meaning to read the book so I could catch the movie but #fail… Still the movie is still there and now that I’ve read your review I will commit to reading this! I love that you related so much to Simon’s thoughts!

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    • Jessica 04/19/2018 / 8:37 pm

      I’m excited to see your thoughts on it if you decide to read it! 😀


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