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Penguin presents the audiobook edition of Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli, read by Michael Crouch.

Straight people should have to come out too. And the more awkward it is, the better.

Simon Spier is 16 and trying to work out who he is - and what he's looking for. But when one of his emails to the very distracting Blue falls into the wrong hands, things get all kinds of complicated. Because for Simon, falling for Blue is a big deal.... It's a holy freaking huge awesome deal.

©2015 Becky Albertalli (P)2017 Penguin Books Ltd

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So cute!

Sweet story. Nice to listen to. Made me smile stupidly constantly while I was listening.

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bursting with rainbow happiness

This book is very cute and enjoyable. I couldn't stop myself from crying and smiling during some emotionally tugging scenes.

Becky did a wondrous job at getting into Simon’s head, and Michael was equally amazing at bringing out Simon's emotions through narration.

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Nothing impreasive

Dont mean to be rude but this is just a time killer beach book, nothing profound. I don't know if its cause i just read "Call me by your name" but this left me somewhat irritated for its narration and vocabulary of fifteen year old mediocre-intelligent girl.

Also reading from who is it and to whom is it to every email is superfluous.

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  • Linda
  • 01-18-18

Simon vs the homosapien agenda

I really loved this book, and found it extremely hard to stop listening. I love the ending and most things in the story, besides the outing and friendship drama. However, it's set in high school concerning teenagers so drama is to be expected. I found myself relating to Simon a lot and was grinning like a fool in most things concerning him and Blue. It's all very sweet.

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  • Naomi Shepherd
  • 02-22-18

My new favourite book

During listening to this i smiled, laughed, squealed and sat tense. I listened at every possible moment, very relatable. Definitely recommend.

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  • Mr Anthony D Washington
  • 04-25-18

freaking brilliant.

Great book really enjoyed it. made me smile and remember school times and a great coming out story.

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  • Lael H.
  • 04-25-18

Different from the movie

If you’ve watched the film, listening to this is like that, but with a whole lot more scenes that weren’t even hinted at in the movie, it was an amazing experience to listen to this.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 04-24-18

A beautiful story about a relatable struggle

I laughed and I cried, there are truly no words. Simon is a hilariously relatable character and I have to admit that more than once I found myself exclaiming "Ha that's so me!". Becky Albertali has perfectly captured the inner cycle of coming out, I wasn't scared to come out as bi but like Simon I knew a big deal would be made out of it. Thank you for letting me know that I'm not alone!

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  • Eoghan
  • 04-23-18

Adorable.

Relatable and realistic and heartwarming. And adorable. Seriously considered going straight back to the beginning once it ended.

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  • Daniel Natt
  • 04-20-18

Simon Vs the honosapian agenda

A beautiful book. For once there is a book about gay love that doesn't revolve around sex or something supernatural. This book feels real and grounded.
Simon's story and emotions evoke so many real experiences and feelings, he's sympathetic and flawed and perfectly human. Becky Albertalli perfectly captured the experience of a young gay boy coming to terms with his sexuality and falling in love with somebody that is on the other end of a screen.
Well worth a listen as Michael Crouch's performance gave life and nuances to the various characters, whilst not relying on over the top voices and performances.

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  • Edmund Yu
  • 04-18-18

Pretty good, read this before watching the movie

Not bad a bad book, it’s cute story about being gay in high school. Was kinda expecting a bit more to happen in the story but it was decent, look forward to watching the film and compare

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 04-14-18

heartwarming and engaging

I loved this book, it was well written and narrated. I couldn't stop listening fantastic!

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  • Amie Jordan
  • 04-10-18

Didn't expect to feel how I did at all

I'm not new to the gay scene from a straight point of view, I went through the high school coming out experience when my best friend did it and my sister is married to a woman so I kinda thought that I'd just be like, 'ok cool, whatever, no big deal, bit soppy and boring' after this story like I would be with any straight romance thing, and not find the novelty in the fact that there are not that many books of this type out there... but I'm so pleasantly happy and surprised by this novel. I actually listened to the whole thing pretty much in one sitting as I sat at my work desk today and in the roughly 6 hours I listened I laughed, cried, felt happy, angry, cute, upset and triumphant in that space of time - a rare feat for a book to truly bring out pretty much every emotion in a person especially in such a small space of time.
It's no kind of deep plot with twists and turns and shocking reveals (I'd worked it all out just past about half way) so if you're looking for something mega intense you're not gonna get it in a 6 hour highschool diary set up. But it was just right for something thought provoking, but uplifting and not too serious.
It ends perfectly, and I kinda want a second book just to get more info on how Simons life pans out going forward, but how it ends is pretty much how it should have and be left at that.
Also, the narrator is brilliant. He gets it just right so it doesn't feel like its being read and his tone of voice and delivery of funny bits is perfect.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 04-09-18

AMAZING

I listened to this book after I watched the movie just the other day and the book and the story line is so much better than the movie. It's so engaging and it really made me feel like I was Simon. I was able to feel really connected to the charters but I thought Leah would have had more of a bigger role than she did. It was still amazing. I recommend this to anyone wanting a love story.

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  • Casey
  • 04-05-18

Underwhelming

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

The book was really underwhelming. I saw the movie first and thought it was mediocre so I was interested to see how the book differed and read all the extra little details. After reading this, I think the movie was a lot better. I didn't find any of the characters relatable, they came across in the book as completely self absorbed and pretentious and the story itself was far less engaging.

Has Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda put you off other books in this genre?

no

Would you be willing to try another one of Michael Crouch’s performances?

sure

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  • Anonymous User
  • 04-03-18

Great love story / coming of age story

Absolutely loved the way this story was told! great narrator and very well written. Could really imagine how he felt.

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  • Lucy
  • 04-02-18

Loved it

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I could not have loved this book more. It was the perfect balance of adorable and funny. Completely impossible to put down.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 03-30-18

Raw, real and emotional

It’s amazing how reading (or in this case listening)about someone’s struggle to share their identity really makes you reflect on your own.

Becky Albertalli captures the struggle to be vulnerable and share oneself with others perfectly.

Look forward to reading Book 2 next month

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  • Catherine
  • 03-22-18

absolutely loved this book and the narrator

love love loved it, brilliantly written and the narrator was clear and very easy to listen to.

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  • kristen
  • 02-14-18

Amazing

I really enjoyed listening to this book, Michael Crouch was so good as Simon, So pleased I finally listened/read it.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 03-08-18

Phenomenal

I adored how well this book was read, the story really came to life and I had no troubles finishing it

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  • Anonymous User
  • 02-23-18

I laughed, I cried, my heart can’t take it any more

This book was exactly what I needed. The characters are so relatable and real. This is a story the young LGBTQ+ community needs.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 02-07-18

Good read but I don't love the ending

This book was an enjoyable read with a very sweet story. The end does fall a bit flat though. It just seems a little rushed considering it had such a big build up.

The characters are great though. I have to admit I'm a little bit in love with Blue too. Definitely still reading.

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