Book Review: Simon vs. The Homo Sapiens Agenda

Simon Vs. The Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli

Posted February 15, 2018 by Amber in Reviews / 6 Comments

Simon Vs. The Homo Sapiens Agenda

Simon Vs. The Homo Sapiens Agenda

by Becky Albertalli

Series: Creekwood #1
Publisher: Penguin Books on April 25, 2015
Genre: Contemporary, LGBTQIAP+, Romance
Target Age Group: Young Adult
Rating: ★★★★½

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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.


I’m having a weird moment where I don’t know what to say about a book.

Simon was adorable.  110% of myself wanted nothing more than his complete and total happiness.  I liked Simon.  I liked Simon a lot.  I wanted to sit and watch his antics and frustrations and being human all day long.  Every time I sat down with this book, it hooked me.  So much love, honestly.

It is a really quick read.  Legit, I sat down to read a couple chapters because I had a smidge of downtime and read the entire rest of the book.  The dialogue is quick and fun and witty.

I liked it.

It was a light read that dealt with coming out in a very respectful way.  I cannot begin to understand the struggles of coming out, but I got the impression that Simon Vs. The Homo Sapiens Agenda was very thoughtful and respectful and even though some people are total toolbags, that’s the world.  I think Becky did a great job.

I’m very much looking forward to reading Leah on the Offbeat.

That’s all I have to say.  It was sweet, adorable, heartwarming and lovely.  Totally recommended.

Ratings Breakdown

Setting: ★★★★
Plot: ★★★★
Characters: ★★★★★
Writing: ★★★★★
Pacing: ★★★★
Personal Enjoyment: ★★★★★

4.5 stars overall rating


Simon Vs. The Homo Sapiens Agenda Stays On The Shelf

I really liked this book and think I would be happy to read it again.  It was delightful and a really good, quick reading for a horrible snowstormy day.  Also, I think that the experience would be improved with Oreos.

Small thing, though?  Oreos with peanut butter.  As an Oreo expert AND with the Nick Cookie thing, I’m not sure how Oreos with peanut butter WEREN’T a thing in this book?  Try it.  And not the peanut butter Oreos – get the Double Stuf and dip them.  Life changing.

Um, yup, cookie deliciousness aside… I’m definitely keeping this book in my physical library.  It was great!


Have you read this book or anything by this author?  If so, did you enjoy it?  Tell me all about your experience in the comments!

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6 responses to “Simon Vs. The Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli

  1. Iris @ Hoard of Books

    I love this book so much! I’m glad you enjoyed it. And now I really want to try Oreos with peanut butter. ?

    • Amber


      You are legit the first person to ever have that reaction when I’ve suggested Oreos and peanut butter. I suppose you need to like them both separately, and to like chocolate and peanut butter together to make it work? I don’t think I’d use natural peanut butter – we just dip them in creamy Skippy peanut butter, so I suppose the type of pb helps…? You don’t have to try it. 🙂

      I’m also the type of person who thinks avocados are gross, so what do I know lol.

      • Danielle

        Pahaha I LOVEEE Oreos and I LOVEEE peanut butter but idk how that would work together?? I eat creamy peanut butter with apples and people think that’s weird af lol. And avocados are kinda gross lol