book reviews, young adult

Simon vs the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Abertalli


Title: Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda
Author: Becky Abertalli
Source: Bought
Edition: Trade Paperback
Publication: April 7th 2015 by Balzer + Bray
Pages:  303 pages
Category: Young Adult, Contemporary, Romance, 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.


Warning: Possible Spoilers

Thoughts.. Thoughts..Thoughts..

A first read by Becky Abertalli and it made her one of my to be read authors. It was a fun, light and fluffy read. I really like Simon, he could be my friend any time. For a heavy topic, the reading experience was not that dramatic. The mystery of who Blue made me want to finish the book at once. Also, the journey of Simon and Blue’s coming out was an eye opener that it isn’t really easy because of how society will perceive them.

Why I like this story:

  • The ending was not abrupt. At least, I knew how the family of Simon reacted to his relationship with Blue.
  • I like Blue and Simon, they are a cute couple
  • Simon’s circle of friends were just normal because they have their own issues and drama
  • It was a light, adorable and funny read.
  • The author’s writing style was good and easy to read.
  • It took a realistic approach on how different kinds of people will react to someone’s coming out
  • Blue was a very engrossing mystery.
  • Oreos

What I did not like in the story:

  • Somehow, I felt that Blue just suddenly jilted Simon half of the book
  • The cover did not attract me

I gave this book a 5 hearts because it was a book about acceptance and love. Aside from that, it was an adorable read. The witty banter between Blue and Simon was a win for me. Also, his circle of friends had different personalities that there would be drama. Simon’s parents too were typical parents who prohibits drinking and driving. This book is amazing since it is very realistic. The author is super observant or just had been a teenager in a drama club where her friends have different kinds of drama in their life. Anyways, its a very good book, any teen can relate while adults could reminisce their teen age life.

BUY, BORROW, NEVER MIND: Buy, because it is a feel good read of love and acceptance


Disclaimer: This review is my honest opinion on the story. I did not receive any kind of compensation for reading and reviewing this book. I am under no obligation to write a positive review. I purchased my own copy of Simon vs. the homo sapiens agenda by Becky Abertalli. The book photo and synopsis here is from


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