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23 February 2018

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

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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5 Words: Family, friendship, secrets, betrayal, high-school.

Why did I wait so long to join the Simon party? Goodness knows, because it was perfect.

Before starting I did have reservations. There was part of me that thought it was just going to be another gay story. Whoopee (<-- sarcasm). And I am so bloody glad that it wasn't.

I think one of my favourite things about this book was the exploration of friends and family. Becky Albertalli so perfectly depicts everyone, and relationships feel so real, that I felt by the end that I actually knew the characters.

This book is funny and relevant and achingly realistic. It is so happy making and bubbly, and it made me feel proud to be Not Straight.

Even though I can't personally relate to what Simon goes through, I felt it all while reading. I was angry with him, sad with him, in love with him. I went through it all with him and I loved it. It was An Experience I'm so glad I took a chance on.

This book was amazing and fantastic and I would recommend it to absolutely everyone.


  1. I love this book so much, and seeing it around so much cause of the film is making me desperate to reread it!
    Amy xx

  2. I recently read Simon Vs. too and I have the exact same opinion as you! 😊 I cannot wait to see the movie!

    Lovely review, Cora! 😊✨

    Shirley |

  3. I've not read this yet but I loved the film

  4. Glad to hear you enjoyed this one! :-D


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