BOOK REVIEW: Will I ever write a novel as good as ‘Simon vs. the Homo sapiens Agenda’?

Today is the third birthday of Simon vs. the Homo sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli, and I took that as a sign that I need to talk about how much I adore it.

This is one of the best books I have read in a long time, okay? It even beats Turtles All the Way Down, which is saying something considering I finished that in about two days because I just couldn’t put it down.

But the love I have for Simon vs. is just different than Turtles, somehow. I don’t know if it’s because I’m a sucker for romances or what, but Albertalli just reeled my emotions in and wouldn’t let them go until the very last page.


Simon vs. is about 17-year-old Simon Spier, a closeted gay high schooler who, while comfortable in his sexuality, is unsure of how to come out. He’s fallen in love with an anonymous classmate, nicknamed Blue, through a series of emails, and the book begins with Simon being blackmailed by another (annoying) classmate with the threat of those emails being shared.

And it’s a wild ride, let me tell you.

The way that Albertalli writes each character, especially Simon, is so authentic and well-rounded that they feel real. You feel their happiness and their pain with them, and you’re rooting for them every step of the way.

You just want Simon to be happy, and you can’t stop reading until he is.

The plot itself helps a lot too, of course. There’s this constant question of who Blue may be, and every person you think it might be is like…okay, but are they good enough for our son Simon? Probably not.

And when you finally find out who Blue is? Oh boy, you’re in for it. And by “it,” I mean lots of tearful giggles.

Then there’s the humor, which Albertalli managed to weave into such an emotional and real novel. But that’s what makes it even more real, right?

I found myself hoping for another glimpse into Simon and Blue’s email exchanges with each page I turned, just so I could laugh a little more. But then again, Simon’s internal dialogue is pretty hilarious too.


If you’re thinking about reading Simon vs. or even just seeing the movie based off of it, Love, Simon, I would highly recommended it. It’s one of those books that I had absolutely no qualms about giving 5 stars to (even though I give every book I read 5 stars).

It’s just such a brilliant novel that I can hardly put into words how much I love it. As I edit my own novel now, I consider rereading Simon vs. all over again, just to take notes on how amazing characters, plot, and humor are done.

And I really might, because I truly think Becky Albertalli is a genius.

Thanks for reading! What are your thoughts about Simon vs.? Have you seen the movie yet? Let me know!

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