Making the Grade / Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda

Hi! Making the GradeWhen the Supreme Court announced its decision on gay marriage, I, along with the majority of the nation, was overjoyed; I couldn’t be happier that everyone will have the chance to marry their loved one, no matter what their sexual orientation or the state they live in. If you were looking to increase your LGBTQ reading, I can’t think of a better time than now to recommend Becky Albertalli’s debut, Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda. Following the relationship between high school junior, Simon, and his fellow classmate, who writes under the pen name Blue, the novel is a significant contribution to the YA genre, one that challenges the typical contemporary romance in an honest and hilarious manner. The book suffers from the “hype monster,” as it has been nicknamed, but it lives up to its high praise. You can read my full review below!

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. {Goodreads}

Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens AgendaNeed more convincing? Here’s what other reviewers had to say.
Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda is a majorly cute LGBT romance with awesome friends, many adorable moments, and a lot of laughs” {read the rest of the review at Pretty Books HERE}.

“I just want to say that this book lives up to the hype. Not only is it an incredible coming of age story, but it also ties in an intriguing plot involving a secret relationship with a mysterious boy under a pen name, Blue” {read the rest of the review at The Innocent Smiley HERE}.

“I am happy I read it and even happier that this book exists, because it shows just how important family and friends are when it comes to finding out who you are, even when they don’t always react in the right way and things might get messy for a bit. Support really is everything” {read the rest of the review at Paper Riot HERE}.

Let’s discuss! Have you read Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda? If so, wasn’t it just the most adorable story?! Finally, do you agree that 2015 has been a stellar year for YA debuts? I feel like I have little to complain about in each one I read; hopefully, this debut trend continues into the fall.

Have an amazing rest of your day!


9 thoughts on “Making the Grade / Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda

  1. […] I have said it before, but I will say it again: this year’s debut authors are an outstanding group of writers. Even better? I have seen countless examples of these new authors supporting and advocating for diverse books. Becky Albertalli, whose first publication, Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda, has received endless praise for its realistic portrayal of a gay teen, frequently shares resources for LGBTQ readers. More of the same please! {review} […]


  2. […] Excessive book hype is a double-edged sword; it brings well-deserved love and attention to a particular novel, but it can also raise readers’ expectations to unattainable heights. Fortunately, the Spotlight Book Club choice of the month, Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda, matches the high praise given to it by professional reviewers, book bloggers, and casual fans with ease. The novel’s main character, Simon Spier, is a high school junior with a secret: he’s gay. Understandably, he isn’t prepared to be blackmailed by a fellow classmate, leaving him with the options of acting as a wingman or having his sexual identity – and that of his email pen-pal, Blue – revealed to the entire school. What ensues from the opening chapter is a heart-warming and entertaining plot of events that leads readers to grow along with Simon, and by the end, one can only be left smiling. This is author Becky Albertalli’s debut novel, indicating that an even better book, if such a thing exists, will be on its way. Simply put, Simon is just as good as everyone promises, Albertalli is just as talented as you’ve heard, and, yes, the Oreo references are just as numerous as the reviews say! {my full review can be on Ciao Bella}. […]


  3. […] Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli | “If you were looking to increase your LGBTQ reading, I can’t think of a better time than now to recommend Becky Albertalli’s debut, Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda… the novel is a significant contribution to the YA genre.“ […]


  4. […] becky albertalli: Since I fell in love with Simon Spier in June, I have recommended Becky Albertalli’s debut, Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda countless times to anyone in need of a good book. I’m clearly not the only fan – Simon was recently optioned for a movie deal – so I can’t be the only one anxious for another one of Albertalli’s novels! I’ll take anything with her talent for characterization and dialogue. {review} […]


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