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

Title: Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda
Author: Becky Albertalli
Genre: Young Adult Fiction
Rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars
Format: eBook


  • “Sometimes it seems like everyone knows who I am except me.” (Chapter 6)
  • “I shouldn’t care what people think of me. But I always care.” (Chapter 27)
  • “Maybe it’s a good thing, the way we never stop surprising each other.” (Chapter 35)


Simon Spier is a teenage boy who is struggling to come out to the people around him. Only one person knows he is gay – and Simon doesn’t even know this person’s true identity because they just speak over email. Told through Simon’s perspective, this is a coming of age story that is beautifully told and had me hooked right away. I couldn’t put this book down – so much so that I started and finished this book in one plane ride!  

I highly recommend Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda to anyone looking for quick and fun young adult read. You will fall in love with Simon and his bravery pretty quickly – and root for him along the way. I haven’t seen the movie that is based on this book yet (Love, Simon), but I’m definitely glad I read the book before seeing the movie!

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