Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda

Becky Albertalli

Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda
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Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda

Becky Albertalli

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. And worse still, so will the privacy of ‘Blue’, the pen name of the boy he’s been emailing.

With messy dynamics emerging in Simon’s once tight-knit group of friends, and his email correspondence with Blue growing more flirtatious every day, Simon’s life suddenly becomes just a little complicated. Now 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.


Why do only gay people have to come out? Shouldn’t straight people have an awkward time declaring themselves too? So thinks sixteen-year-old Simon Spier, the charming hero of this coming of age (and coming out) story. Simon has lots of friends and is involved in the theatre production at school, but he doesn’t quite know how to tell them that he is gay. When another student starts blackmailing him after discovering his secret, Simon finds events spiralling out of his control. Meanwhile, he thinks he might be falling in love online but he doesn’t know the true identity of his email lover. Can he discover it before he is publicly humiliated by his blackmailer? This is a charming novel, reminiscent of The Perks of Being a Wallflower, which will have you cheering for Simon on the sidelines and asking ‘Why shouldn’t everyone have to come out?’

Angela Crocombe is the Children’s Book Buyer at Readings Carlton.

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