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Now a major motion picture from Twentieth Century Fox: Love, Simon.

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 compromised. 

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.

©2015 Becky Albertalli (P)2015 HarperCollins Publishers

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Crouch should be getting another award

I love everything about this book. It is sad. It made me furious. It is funny as heck. The characters are the kids next door. Sometimes you want to bang their heads together and say, “Really? F^cking really?” I’ll have to check out another Becky Albertalli book.

Michael Crouch does a superb job performing the book. He emotes well without overacting. His character voices are not extreme, yet recognizably different. He enhances the tale without distracting the listener at all. Not a lot of voice actors have the narrative ability Mr. Crouch does. He’s definitely a favorite reader.

17 of 17 people found this review helpful

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Amazing, powerful, joyful book!

I went back and forth between smiling at what was happening and occasionally getting upset. Sometimes Simon just does the complete wrong thing and I just wanted to say nooooooooooo. But that’s part of what being a teenager is about. As this plays out over a few months, including the Christmas holidays, Albertalli gives us such full, dynamic characters that you feel the weight of the events on Simon, which is also helped by the use of first person/present tense. In the last forty five minutes, I smiled and cried because of the perfect ending that played out before my ears.

I suspect I'll listen to it again, and I might pick up the physical book as well because this story deserves to be savored and enjoyed

34 of 37 people found this review helpful

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A wonderfully written, unique YA

Simon is a 16 year old closeted gay kid, who has been sending emails to another closeted kid in his high school who he knows only as "Blue." Unfortunately for Simon, one classmate gets a hold of the emails and begins to blackmail him with them.

What I appreciated about the novel - despite beginning with blackmails and secret identities - ultimately did not feel too sensational. Instead, it actually felt quite real, with well-developed characters (a lot of people have a sense of interiority even if it isn't fully explored in the book itself). The characters are DEFINITELY the strongest part of this book...as they really are fantastic and fascinating. Overall it's an interesting - and definitely for me - relatable take on the stakes of coming out when they do not involve family disownment and such. A lot of the conflict on that end comes from the inherent change in how others see you, no matter their intentions, and the desire for a stable identity...fake as it may be. It's a refreshing version of a coming out tale, but one I think that a lot of people can relate to. And, even if the stakes are lower than disownment, there are definitely still important stakes (and I think it's a testament to the author that she can pull off real stakes when already ditching the ones most people assume)

Crouch also is a fantastic reader. He gives Simon so much emotion and brings him to life in a way that allowed this book to hit me even more in the feels. I've already given it a second listen and will be listening much more, I'm sure.

12 of 13 people found this review helpful

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Overflowing with Humor and Heart

Simon's personality is so distinctly drawn--every nook and cranny, every nuance--and the narrator is so perfectly cast, that you walk away from the experience feeling like you've gotten to know someone REAL. You haven't simply been told a story; you've gotten inside Simon's head and shared his experiences.

Along with Simon, Albertalli has crafted a team of three-dimensional characters filled with intriguing qualities. You may think you've mastered them (as Simon does), but as the story develops many of them turn around and surprise you. In both subtle and not-so-subtle ways.

A thoroughly engaging listen for Adults and Teens alike.

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Yes!!!!

Excellent. Heartfelt. Funny. Just RIGHT. I'm in love with this book. I want to feed it Oreos and hold its hand.

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Wow, To Be 17 Again!

If you could sum up Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda in three words, what would they be?

Heartfelt, intriguing and honest.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda?

I loved the Tilt-O-Whirl scene when Simon finally meets Blue.

Have you listened to any of Michael Crouch’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

I haven't but his narration is excellent. He did a great job of capturing the characters and their nuances.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yes.

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Wish I had this when I was 16!

Perfect coming out story. Heartache and sorrow matches with friendship and love! I plan on listening over and over!

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A fun and cute story

What did you like best about this story?

This is one of those Contemporary books that I normally wouldn't care about in the slightest, but luckily Simon was a fun character whose head I enjoyed being inside of, so his thoughts saved the book for me. Nothing much happens, it's basically about Simon's daily life with his friends and family and his email correspondences with Blue (his crush). There were a lot of comical moments and I particularly enjoyed the emails between Simon and Blue. Everything was pretty light-hearted and realistic.

I connected very easily with Simon and I genuinely liked him. He's very grounded for a teenager, although he's not without his faults, and I enjoyed all his little quirks. I liked that you get a well-rounded picture of Simon and his life and all the relationship dynamics are portrayed here very nicely. Becky did an outstanding job in that aspect. He has some drama with his friends, and there's a realistic push and pull there that I appreciated. You also get a crazy mix of characters in his family, but I loved how supportive they were of each other. Plus, that world of Oreos? Sign me up!

One thing I have to point out though was so many times the characters kept referring to Tumblr as "the Tumblr" and I was scratching my head in wonder. I mean, these are teenagers and I know for a fact that teens nowadays are all over social media, especially Tumblr, and no one calls it "the Tumblr". It just made it cringe. Maybe it's because it's the school's Tumblr so they refer to it as such?! I don't know, it just irked me like nails on a chalkboard.

But that's beside the point. The book was a decent read as far as the genre goes. It's a quick read and Simon is a quirky character that you can't help but like. It's not really exciting, but I expect that with these kinds of books, and Albertalli made up for it with her characters. I think I just have to accept that this is how this genre is. It's not exactly my favorite thing to read, but it makes me extra happy when I can find the gems within that I genuinely like. I'm glad that the book didn't focus on the fact that he's gay and how different that it, but more about how normal it is. Also, that ending was almost too cute and it left me smiling and feeling very happy. A truly feel-good read if there ever was one.

Have you listened to any of Michael Crouch’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

This was my first time listening to Michael and I could totally imagine him as Simon. He had just the right amount of sarcasm and snark, with a touch of sweetness that added to how much I liked and connected with Simon. Michael just has a relatable voice and made the book so enjoyable for me to listen to.

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  • 05-25-15

So delightfully conflicting and heartwarming

This story about Simon and his struggle was amazingly poignant and touching. I felt all the moments of pain and confusion as Simon experienced it and all the moments he felt loved. Because when you're 17 and trying to figure it out, everyone can be a little bit horrible and wonderful at the same time. Such a great listen!!

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I am in LOVE!

I love this wonderful book, and all the unique, real characters, especially Simon. I laughed and cried as Simon navigated his world trying to be in love in a straight world, and for a high school kid even today, it is not easy. Michael Crouch's performance as Simon is perfect. He was so into the soul of Simon, that at one point in the book, I had to stop walking in my neighborhood I was crying so hard about a heartbreaking moment for Simon and his contrite friend. I am the mother of a gay son, and this important book helped me understand him on a deeper level. Thank you, Becky Abertalli and Michael Crouch!

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