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Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda

Narrated by: Michael Crouch
Length: 6 hrs and 45 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (4,036 ratings)
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Publisher's Summary

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.

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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

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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.

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  • GC
  • 04-09-15

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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  • amw049
  • Kirksville, MO United States
  • 03-06-18

Mediocre and forgettable.

Filled with dated pop culture references, and the social media insight of a generation exer, this book reminds me of why I stopped reading YA.

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Okay for not my usual fare

A few of us from book club have an interest in books to movies. Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda is our first selection. The movie releases sometime in March as Love, Simon. Had it not been for the above I wouldn't have read this book. It was good though, although the beginning and ending were both drawn out and sappy. For someone who doesn't read coming out stories or pry into my friends' histories, it did make me think about that process in totally new ways.

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Emails are boring

My personal pet peeve is when a book insists on relying on emails or texts often. A handful is all I can tolerate. They’re boring and lazy writing. Enjoyed the rest of the book though.

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