Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda: Special Edition
Author: Becky Albertalli
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Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda is an incredibly funny and poignant twenty-first-century coming-of-age, coming-out story—wrapped in a geek romance—from debut author Becky Albertalli. Think You’ve Got Mail with gay teen boys.
Sixteen-year-old (and not-so-openly gay) Simon Spier prefers to save his drama for the school musical. But when an email from his secret Gmail account 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, it’ll compromise the privacy of Blue, the pen name of the boy he’s been emailing.
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.
The best kind of book challenges your assumptions and opens your eyes to a new way of thinking about the world. The best kind of romance makes you forget age, gender, and sexual orientation and sweeps you off your feet. Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda is the best kind of both.