2021 Book Review Book Reviews YA Fiction

Simon vs. The Homo Sapiens Agenda

Simon vs. The Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli

Rating: 3 out of 5.

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.


Simon vs. The Homo Sapiens Agenda has such an addicting story and plot! I loved all the twists and turns added to the story and this novel had me sitting on the edge of my seat in anticipation of what Simon was going to face next. One thing I especially loved about this novel was getting to read Simon’s anonymous emails to Blue. The emails really showed you Simon and Blue’s difference in characters but also how they are really dynamic together (even just over emails). They were adorable together when they finally met and even their conversations through emails were awesome.

Becky Albertalli’s writing style was perfect for this novel. Since the story was from Simon’s perspective, the wording and ways of describing scenarios really reflected his personality and suited him well.


Was it just me, or was the outcome of who Blue actually turned out to be slightly obvious? I was able to guess who Blue was in the first time the author actually introduced you to the character who ended up being his true identity. Already knowing one of the main revelations before it happens didn’t really taint the story. Although I already figured out who Blue was, the story continued to surprise me. Simon and Blue were by far my favorite characters. They seemed like the type of people you’d want as friends, supportive, funny, and great music taste. Plus, Simon likes Harry Potter and knows about Drarry which I absolutely love.


Simon vs. The Homo Sapiens Agenda was an entertaining and heartwarming novel. I loved all aspects of this story and wouldn’t change a thing about it. I would recommend this novel to anyone who loved John Green’s famous novel The Fault In Out Stars or are looking for a quick, fast paced read.

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