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Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda

(Creekwood #1)

4.20  ·  Rating details ·  389,234 ratings  ·  36,432 reviews
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 Blu ...more
Hardcover, 303 pages
Published April 7th 2015 by Balzer + Bray
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Elle (ellexamines)
in honor of me seeing the movie early and then seeing it again on a cheesy movie date: THE BEST MOMENTS OF THIS BOOK, NEW AND IMPROVED!!

🌷Simon putting Martin in his phone as “monkey’s asshole”
🌹I can’t believe “mom, pick me up, kids are drinking alcohol” isn’t in the book
🌷the Drarry fanfiction summer
🌹“there are some socks that shouldn’t be washed by your mom”
🌷the suck and dick nice weather typo, and Blue subsequently bringing it up, like, eight times
🌹the unfortunately correct representation of wh
Emily May
Jun 10, 2015 rated it really liked it
Oh okay, you I-told-you-so people. You were right. This book is so much fun that I baked cookies and listened to unfortunate nineties pop music.

No, really.

And I seriously didn't want to read this. I mean, why would I? I don't particularly like cutesy romances, LGBT or not. The cover is kinda sucky and not attractive. The title is an inside joke that only makes sense after reading the book. And, let's be honest, it's always easier to convince me to read books with phrases like "mind-bending twis
chai ♡
Reading this book is the most homely experience in the world. Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda was one of the early LGBTQ+ books that I've read. I was sixteen-years-old, three years removed from recognizing and embracing my own queerness, but I will forever associate this story with the genuine and inexplicable feeling of connection, the comfort of realizing the world stretches far longer than I'd imagined, and the first unfurling of something akin to freedom. This novel will always hold a soft ...more
Jesse (JesseTheReader)
This was a great read! Simon is a hilarious character and I loved reading through his perspective. I also liked that the story didn't just end right after the climax and how we got to see what happened past the big moment of the story. ...more
Hailey (Hailey in Bookland)
Jan 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: contemporary, owned, ya
Awesome. Video review to come.

And the fact that I am the last person in the mapped universe to have read it is not helping me define my emotions.


And my feeling
Kai Spellmeier
Apr 16, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: owned, queer
“White shouldn't be the default any more than straight should be the default. There shouldn't even be a default.”

The first time around, I liked this book. It was cute, it was fun, most of all it was real. I liked the story and the characters, but I didn't connect with them. For me, it was a nice book, but not an outstanding one and I really didn't get the hype about it. I had also figured out who Blue was after less than half of the novel, which kind of took the excitement away from reading it.
Sep 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This. Book. Was. So. Much. FUNNNN.

It has been ages since I stayed up late reading a book, propping my eyes open just to keep going. This book had me up at 2AM wanting to find out what would happen to our precious Simon. The family relationships were fantastic, the friendship dynamics were really well done, the musical was too much fun, I loved that the romance took place over the internet, I just completely soaked it all up!

If you're looking for a very readable, very happy, super fun book PLEASE
Virginia Ronan ♥ Herondale ♥
This book was so damn cute and extremely sweet and incredibly adorable! XD

It tasted like a hot cup of coffee in early spring,
it felt like warm summer rain caressing your skin,
it was as beautiful as a colourful sunrise in September and
it smelled like a clear night sky in the middle of a cold winter night.

In short: It gave me all those awesome fluffy, cozy and happy feels!! ! =)))

I loved everything about “Simon vs. The Homo Sapiens Agenda”! From the bands and the music that was mentioned throug
May 11, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: diverse-reads
This review contains *spoilers*.

If you love Oreos or waffles, boys kissing, and overall cuteness then please read this wonderful story, I promise that you won’t be disappointed.

This is the kind of book that I had to read in one sitting while eating the best snacks and listening to my current favorite song because it was just fun fun fun.
I’m still in a happy daze.

Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda follows sixteen-year-old and not-so-openly gay Simon Spier, who prefers to save his drama for the sch
Emma Giordano
Jan 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I absolutely loved this book!!! I'm so happy I finally had the motivation to read it. It was exactly as everyone described it; Cute, Fluffy, Healthy, a fast read, an *important* read, etc. I can clearly see why it's such an acclaimed novel for LGBT+ rep in the book community. I'm very satisfied with "Simon" and would recommend it to absolutely everyone in the world because y'all need this book in your life! ...more
"White shouldn't be the default any more than straight should be the default. There shouldn't even be a default."

I'm hardcore grinning right now. This story needed to happen and I couldn't be more thankful. I love this book so much it nearly undoes me. Every corner, every syllable, every page, every email of this book made sense. Every second I spent reading this book was worth it. This is the first gay romance book I've read and the romance was so cute I'm jumping and screaming my lungs out.
Jul 01, 2018 rated it really liked it
4.3/5 Stars ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️
“Why is straight the default? Everyone should have to declare one way or another, and it shouldn't be this big awkward thing whether you're straight, gay, bi, or whatever. I'm just saying.”

Look, this book started very slow for me. And I was very very hyped for it, for obvious reasons. Everyone has been talking about it for months, everyone is crying about it for months, there is a fucking movie about it, I mean, come on, I had high hopes. But for the first 150 pages I was
Jun 26, 2017 rated it it was ok
Shelves: reviewed
I’ve been putting off writing this review for months because I don’t want to piss anyone off. I really just need to get this out in the open though, before the movie comes out because I know I’ll love the movie and I really don’t want it skewing my opinion of the book.

Simon vs the Homosapien Agenda is about a boy named Simon being blackmailed by his classmate(friend?). When the aforementioned classmate finds out that Simon is gay and in an online relationship with another boy, he uses it agains
Jul 21, 2016 rated it it was amazing
As someone who does not typically like books set in high school, I absolutely adored this book. It is possibly the cutest romance I've ever read. And I think it is mostly because Simon and Blue feel in love with each other without knowing what the other looked like. They 100% loved each other for what's inside and that made it all the more beautiful.
Simon felt like a real person. His voice was so genuine and honest. And Blue is the most precious person ever.
I can definitely see myself rereadin
April (Aprilius Maximus)
Jun 17, 2015 rated it it was amazing
1.) Simon Vs. The Homo Sapiens Agenda ★★★★★
2.) The Upside of Unrequited ★★★★
3.) Leah on the Offbeat ★★★★★
3.5) Love, Creekwood ★★★★


Whitney Atkinson
Jun 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing
so when does the sequel come out bc i feel like i need 300 more pages of this
Caz (littlebookowl)
4.5 stars... Maybe 5? I'm going to let things simmer and I'll get back to you on that, but OH YES THIS THIS THIS! Loved. So much. All of the things. ...more
Ben Alderson
Dec 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Can I just give this book a hundred stars...
megs_bookrack ((is on vacation))
((Screams to the sky: Why did I wait so long to read this?!?!))
Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda was such a fun read!!

There really isn't too much I can say about this book that hasn't already been said. I think pretty much everyone knows the premise, so I won't reiterate that here.

What I do want to touch on is how this book made me feel. I have been in a long-term relationship for just over 11-years.

In the beginning, we were long-distance. A lot of our initial 'getting to know you' was perpetu
✨    jami   ✨
reread update holy freakin hell how is this book so fucking incredibly cute? Everytime Blue was mentioned (but like, actual Blue) I'd be like fjghkf my sweet sweet soft boy !!! I love (view spoiler)so much. HE'S SO SWEEET.

I adored this book just as much as I did the first time and I read it in one sitting, again. So It is STILL an all time favourite. What a blessed book. Keeping my OG review bc it's actually good.

“Why is straight the default? Everyone should have to dec
Jan 13, 2018 rated it really liked it
this book is the equivalent of getting a hug from someone you deeply care about - warm, comforting, strong, and loving. my heart is so full.

and i know, no matter how many times i re-read this, it will forever feel like coming home. <3

4 stars
Lara (SapphicBookClub)
I wanted to DNF after 20 pages. It's a book written by a straight person for straight people. A few things were major red flags and they made me angry as soon as I picked up the book. I only finished reading because curiosity got the best of me and I wanted to see how much worse it gets.

The first horrible thing happens right away. A straight kid reads Simon’s emails (where he talks about being gay), takes screenshots and blackmails Simon. And what does Simon do? He complies and then thinks ‘hey
Heather K (dentist in my spare time)
Update 1/15/18: Anyone else hyperventilating over the movie trailer?!! OMG!!!


I LOVED this book. Loved, with no ifs, ands, or buts.

I don't often read YA for a few reasons. For one, there is nothing I hate more than silly drama, and I feel like so often YA authors resort to petty fighting or similar antics to put a "twist" in their plots. That makes me grumpy, and a grumpy Heather is a low-rating Heather. I don't like to give low ratings.

Cece (ProblemsOfaBookNerd)
Reread update 3/16/18:
I love Simon Spier so much my heart is ready to burst. Also, I’m now fully prepared to go see Love, Simon a second time

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Original review 9/12/16:
This was so adorable people are giving me looks on the train because I'm grinning in a possibly frightening level of happiness. I loved this.
Charlotte May
“People are like houses with vast rooms and tiny windows.”

I loved this! No idea why I seem to stay away from contemporaries because all the ones I’ve read this year I’ve loved!

Simon was a wonderful character. He is kind, sweet and hilarious! After seeing a post on Tumblr, Simon starts up an online email relationship with another person - Blue, that way both can keep their identities hidden.

This doesn’t last very long until another person finds out about these emails and uses them to blackmai
Jan 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
Some of my favorite quotes. :S

-“White shouldn't be the default
any more than straight should be the default.
There shouldn't even be a default.”

-“I’m too busy trying not to be in love
with someone who isn’t real.”

-“It feels like we’re the last survivors of a zombie apocalypse. Wonder Woman and a gay dementor. It doesn’t bode well for the survival of the species.”

-“The closest thing I’ve ever had to a journal
is probably you.””

If this beauty is any indication of how 2017 is going to turn out,
❀ Lily ❀
Been a while since i last finished a book.
I think was just the book to get me out of a slump
Trina (Between Chapters)
Audiobook Reread (2018):
Not much to add. Loved this just as much the third time around! Still warmed my heart. The audio narration was really great for Simon, my only gripe is that the narrator read all the female characters in the same unamused sounding voice which usually didn't fit their emotions.

Original Review (2016):
This book was SO good. There are 10 million great things I could say about this book but here's the shortlist:

-It kept me up til 6 am to finish the whole thing.
-It made me cry
destiny ♡ howling libraries
update - november 2019:
I'm changing my rating because I constantly think about this book and how much I hate some of the content in it (like Simon's friends never really being challenged on their TERRIBLE treatment of him while he's being outed???) and frankly, I don't know why I gave this 4 stars to begin with, other than the hype and how lenient I used to be when reviewing books. :(


“People really are like houses with vast rooms and tiny windows. And maybe it's a good thing, the way we neve
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Becky Albertalli is the author of the acclaimed novels Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda (film: Love, Simon), The Upside of Unrequited, and Leah on the Offbeat. She is also the co-author of What If It's Us with Adam Silvera. A former clinical psychologist who specialized in working with children and teens, Becky lives with her family in Atlanta. You can visit her online at ...more

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