Simon Vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda

Simon Vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda

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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"-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York, NY : Balzer + Bray, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, 2015.
Edition: First edition.
ISBN: 9780062348678
Branch Call Number: ALB
Characteristics: 303 pages ; 22 cm


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Nov 12, 2017

After having this book on my shelf for ages and finally reading it, I want to kick my past self for not reading it as soon as I got my hands on it. Once I started it, I couldn’t put it down, and I finished it within one sitting. The story instantly captivates you with its endearing characters and plotline; one that leaves you guessing, smiling, and absolutely in love with the contents of these pages. The characters are so unbelievably relatable that it seems as though the author took people from your own life and inserted them into the book, particularly for those of the LGBT community. It relays the struggles and conflicts between the characters in a way that was simply impossible not to feel empathy for. Overall, I’d recommend this book for anyone, really. A definite new favourite of mine which will be subject to countless rereads. 5/5 Stars.
- @ClockworkReader of the Teen Review Board of the Hamilton Public Library

Teen Vogue explained this book as, "The love child of John Green and Rainbow Rowell," and I couldn't agree more.
Simon vs the Homo Sapiens Agenda has the charm and silly laughs that go along a theme of something deeper. The story is about a boy named Simon Spier - a closeted gay boy in a small, kind of homophobic town. He secretly emails a boy who he's convinced is the love of his life, but when the emails get into the wrong hands, he needs to work to protect his identity as well as the boy he emails: Blue.
This book is funny and thoughtful at the same time. It also teaches a valuable lesson and brings awareness to the problems we have today. Simon vs the Homo Sapiens Agenda is absolutely worth reading and I can't wait to watch the movie.
- @Spectacles of the Teen Review Board at the Hamilton Public Library

I really enjoyed the premise and message behind this story. Simon is a very likeable character and gives a very accurate portrait of what it’s like to be a teen today. I'm very happy I finally had the motivation to read it as I always like to read the original novel before seeing the movie version which recently came out i believe. It was exactly what I expected in an important read for our generation with the heavy mentions of ostracism, cyber bullying, and finally self acceptance. I can clearly see why it's such an acclaimed novel for LGBT+ representation. - @bookanarchy of the Teen Review Board at the Hamilton Public Library

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