Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda | Review

Title: Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda

Author: Becky Albertalli

Publisher: Balzer + Bray

Genre: Contemporary

Synopsis: 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 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.

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I’m really excited for this movie to come out, so I decided to read the book first. Plus I had  a very pushy friend who was about to force me to read it, so.



The writing style was perfect for a contemporary. Really easy to read, and very enjoyable. Same with the dialogue – none of it felt stressed or faked.

Which worked well, as it is also an LGBTQ book, so it’s important that is feels natural.


The plot was exactly to be expected from a contemporary – not necessarily complicated, but still interesting.



The characters were definitely my favorite part! Simon was such a fun main character, and I really enjoyed learning about his family and friends. They were all very realistic, and very relatable.



One of the best things about this book, is all the references to other books, movies, songs, stories etc.

For example: super random, but Tohru from Fruits Basket (which is one of my favorite mangas ever) was brought up, and it just made me so happy!



Overall Thoughts

This is most definitely a must-read contemporary! It’s super funny and relatable, and should be on your TBR!



Contemporary Writing Playlist

Writers Wednesday


It’s summer!


…Well, for most of you, anyway. But it’s already warming up (thankfully), so I figured to help bring that summer feeling around, I’d make a writing playlist themed around Contemporary.


Let me know what you listen to when writing contemporary! Did I forget any bands or songs?

Echosmith – Cool Kids

One Republic – Counting Stars

Phillip Phillips – Gone Gone Gone

L’Orchestra Cinematique – Top of the World

Walk the Moon – Shut up and Dance



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