Shame Book Review: Simon Vs. The Home Sapien Agenda by Becky Albertalli

March 12, 2018 Book Reviews 0

Shame Book Review: Simon Vs. The Home Sapien Agenda by Becky AlbertalliSimon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli
Published by Balzer + Bray on April 7th 2015
Pages: 303
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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.

Reading Challenges: Blogger Shame, Mt. TBR


For once this isn’t a Netgalley review! This particular beauty was sitting on my TBR since I read The Upside of Unrequited. A book that I not only loved but devoured! Thank you OwlCrate for introducing me to lovely, fabulous YA authors! After falling in love with Becky Albertalli’s writing, I instantly went to Amazon to purchase this and that was April of last year. It’s been sitting in my Kindle ever since.

Once I finally got to this, I read it in a day! Actually, I had a lot of ups and downs with the pups, they’re fabulous but this in/out/in/out thing is for the birds. They are never happy! I don’t even know how many times I put my Kindle down to do something for them. People say that pups aren’t like children. I beg to differ!

Anywho, on to this fabulous story! When I was able to read, I absolutely loved it. For those that do not like reading in the LGBTQ section of the library, I can say that the major plot of this story is about how Simon holds up against his blackmailer and the spots this puts him in. There are some more moments in the much later portions of the story, but it is a minor point when compared to all that Simon has to go through.

And it is a lot! Everyone can attest to the fact that this age is extremely awkward and difficult to begin with! Friends can start being weird, parents are weird (well they are always weird), and then there’s this huge crushing secret that adds weight to every single thing you do. That’s a LOT to deal with. To say the least. I can only imagine how Simon feels, but once again Becky Abertalli is a superb story writer and draws the reader into the character and gives them multiple reasons to have empathy for him.

The story in itself is also something that many teens have to go through, so I think it is important to put emphasis on opening up and accepting beautiful books like this!

There are some other fantastic characters that are honestly, going through almost as much as Simon is! He’s also in drama, so that is near and dear to my heart, but most of the characters were just likeable! Again, props to the writer! The characterization in the emails could have come off a little different. I felt like I didn’t know who was talking to who at times and had to check the email addresses. But really, that’s a small critique!

Obviously I loved it. I am not sure if I will see the movie, sadly. There are just so many movies that are coming out this year but I definitely suggest either reading this or going to the movie if you have already read it! It’s cute and quirky and there’s a book two!

Rating Report
5 / 5
Character Development
5 / 5
Writing Style
5 / 5
Personal enjoyment
5 / 5
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Overall: 5 / 5


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

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