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Ultimate Reading List Book Review: Simon v.s. the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli

I have read the actual second book on the list now. The following book in the series comes soon. Here are my thoughts on this popular book.

Cover Judgment

The cover of my copy is different from the one above, but they both look pretty simple. The main things that make you want to read it are the title and the awards on the cover.


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 with, will be jeopardized.

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 ever met.

Inside cover of Simon v.s. the Homo Sapiens Agenda

Star Rating

Rating: 1.5 out of 5.

1.5/5 stars

Representation Score

(What is this?)

5/5 — gay protagonist and secondary characters, Jewish secondary characters, Black secondary characters


Based on that teaser, it seemed like this book could be terrible or great. Everyone I know who has read it said it was amazing. It’s a popular book that has been made into a movie and even a spin-off TV show. At the beginning, there’s a whole page that lists the awards it won.

I read the first fifty pages and was so bored. It felt like nothing at all was happening and we were just on a loop inside Simon’s head. Then I accidentally spoiled myself, so I just gave up on it. I don’t think this review will do the book or the author justice, since I didn’t finish it, but I found it just uninteresting and pointless. It felt like nothing at all happened from page 5 to page 50.

To say one good thing, it cut to the chase of the very little “excitement” it had right away. The first lines are, “It’s a weirdly subtle conversation. I almost don’t notice I’m being blackmailed,” which begins the first scene of the main plot.

I don’t have much else to say, since I don’t know what happens in the rest of the book. I didn’t like it and didn’t want to waste my time on it. I was excited to read one of the sequels, Leah on the Offbeat, but now I just hope it’s better than this.


A teenager obsessed with words of all kinds. When I’m not reading or writing, I like drawing, musical theatre, and D&D.

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