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.
Published April 7, 2015, by Balzer + Bray
“We are out and we are alive, and everyone in the universe is out here right now.”
I first saw this book back in 2015 while I was exploring Goodreads. My first impression was it was about this boy named Simon who was against this ‘Homo Sapiens Agenda’ that must be implemented by someone. I didn’t bother reading the actual synopsis because, well, I was lazy to do it.
Then I discovered the booktube community last year and saw a video featuring this book and a lot others. That’s when I found out how interesting it was. Plus, there’s a movie adaptation coming up so I really had to read it immediately.
Happiness was the only emotion I was feeling while reading this book. I mean, they were sad times, but very rare. I can’t even remember which parts made me sad. Simon was very relatable. I could relate to him in many ways. To mention one—Harry Potter.
There was a time where I want to do something that would reveal to me Blue’s identity. The urge was strong but I somehow managed to hold it. And the cuteness, you guys, was oozing! I just loved it so so much!
The story was easy to read and the pace was on point. The rest of the characters were hilarious and cute in their own ways. The author didn’t just put them there, they had their own voices.
What I loved most though was when I had these theories inside my head about who Blue was. I was like, what if Blue was a girl (like, what?)? What if Blue was him? What if Blue was one of the jocks? It was a very wonderful and ecstatic experience. The cuteness and mystery were blended so well. And thanks to this, I’m now craving for Oreos.
Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda is a book that would keep your feelings elated that whole time you are reading it. It will show you that friendship is not just between people who can make physical contact, that you can also have friends even if you’re just talking via email or other forms of social media.
I really recommend this book to all of you.