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Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda (original 2015; edition 2016)

by Becky Albertalli (Author)

Series: Creekwood (1)

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"Sixteen-year-old, not-so-openly-gay Simon Spier is blackmailed into playing wingman for his classmate or else his sexual identity--and that of his pen pal--will be revealed"--
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Title:Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda
Authors:Becky Albertalli (Author)
Info:Balzer Bray (2016), Edition: Reprint, 336 pages
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Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli (2015)

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Loved it. Love, love, love. ( )
  clrichm | Dec 1, 2021 |
Book on CD performed by Michael Crouch
3.5***

Simon Spier is a fifteen-year-old gay high school student who is not yet out to his family or friends. But in his secret email account he’s found a friend (boyfriend?) who’s apparently also a student at the same high school. They use pseudonyms and have vowed NOT to reveal their true identities, but small clues seem to have given them an idea of who the other is.

The major problem for Simon is that he used a school computer to send the most recent email and a fellow student found the message when he used the same device. Simon had forgotten to log out. Now, Martin wants a favor (or two). Of course, he says he won’t reveal Simon’s secret gay life, which “isn’t really a big deal anyway,” but Martin did take a screenshot of it, and he is pretty insistent that Simon help him hook up with Simon’s friend Abby.

Ah, the drama of high school relationships, gay or straight, friends or lovers. Been there, and don’t want to relive it, thank you very much. Still, this is a engaging and entertaining story. There’s a lot to digest here, from family dynamics to first love to what it means to be a true friend, and Albertalli handles it pretty well. I can see why this would be a popular YA title for any teen.

Michael Crouch does a fine job of narrating the audiobook. Though the format of emails between Simon and “Blue” does get tedious to listen to, with a repeat of the to/from addresses and subject lines for each entry. ( )
  BookConcierge | Nov 26, 2021 |
Very readable but not memorable. I was expecting more based on the award nominations. ( )
  fionaanne | Nov 11, 2021 |
I've read this for the second time, well the first time was on audio.

Forgot half of it but the warm feeling at the end is the same.

A very cute story. Perfect for some light reading. ( )
  Jonesy_now | Sep 24, 2021 |
Very cute and very good! A book I wish I could have read in high school. ( )
  misslevel | Sep 22, 2021 |
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Albertalli, Beckyprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Bouhon, MathildeTraductionsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Crouch, MichaelNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Herzke, IngoÜbersetzersecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Lo Porto, TizianaTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Pulver, MarioTõLkijasecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Simó, VictoriaTraductorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Sonninen, LottaTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Staartjes, AstridTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Tamae-Bouhon, MathildeTraductionsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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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.
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