TITLE: Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda

AUTHOR: Becky Albertalli

Rating: ★★★★

PAGES: 303

PUBLISHER: Balzer + Bray


GENRE(S): Contemporary, LGBT, Romance

The Night Door Book Review - The Contented ReaderSixteen-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.


This is such a cute, funny and fluffy contemporary read that also has important themes and messages behind it.

In January, HarperCollins Canada and HCC Frenzy invited me to an advance screening of Love, Simon. Obviously, I jumped at the chance to attend even though I still hadn’t read the book.

I quickly bought a copy and read the book before the advance screening and I am so glad I did. The book is so wonderful and I now understand the hype surrounding it.

Simon is a wonderful main character. His character develops throughout the length of the book in such a way that is totally realistic.  He is definitely a protagonist that will stick with me for a long time, and I’m so happy about that!

I LOVE Simon’s relationships with his family and friends. Seeing these relationships come alive in the movie adaptation will totally bring tears to your eyes. Leah is definitely my favourite of all his friends, but I wish I got to see more of her (YAY for her own novel!)

Albertalli is incredible with her writing and I am so thankful for the charming and witty Simon that she brought into our lives. I can’t wait to read Leah and the Offbeat when it comes out this year. I think it will be so interesting to see more development with Leah in her own novel!

If you have the chance, totally go see the movie! It comes out TODAY! Go see it a million times and support this incredible LGBTQ+ story. It’s charming, witty, oh-so funny and incredibly heartwarming. You’ll laugh, you’ll cry. I know I will be going to see it many times and bringing all my friends and family to see it! Nick Robinson did a wonderful job of bringing Simon to life. I’m so happy he played the role!

I highly recommend this book to everyone and anyone. I think it is incredibly important for everyone to read this book at least once in their lifetime. It’s wonderful.

Sometimes it feels like everyone knows who I am except for me.

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About The Author

Becky Albertalli Author Photo - The Contented ReaderBecky Albertalli is a clinical psychologist who has had the privilege of conducting therapy with dozens of smart, weird, irresistible teenagers. She also served for seven years as coleader of a support group for gender nonconforming children in Washington, D.C. She now lives with her family in Atlanta. Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda is her first novel.

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  • Alex says:

    Ahh, I LOVED this book! The characters were all adorable, and I literally couldn’t put the book down. I haven’t gotten to see the movie yet, sadly, but I’m hoping to soon. I didn’t know Leah was getting her own spinoff adventure though! That’s going on my TBR list for sure.

    • They were such loveable and adorable characters for sure! The movie is fantastic – I can’t wait to go see it again. You will not regret seeing it. I know, I can’t wait to read it. It’s going to be a perfect read, I’m sure of that!

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