The Resource Simon vs. the Homo sapiens agenda, Becky Albertalli

Simon vs. the Homo sapiens agenda, Becky Albertalli

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Simon vs. the Homo sapiens agenda
Title
Simon vs. the Homo sapiens agenda
Statement of responsibility
Becky Albertalli
Title variation
Simon versus the Homo sapiens agenda
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Language
eng
Summary
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, 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
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Award
  • Nutmeg Children's Book Award, High School category, 2018.
  • Rainbow List, 2016.
  • William C. Morris YA Debut Award, 2016.
  • YALSA Best Fiction for Young Adults, 2016.
  • YALSA Best Fiction for Young Adults: Top Ten, 2016.
Review
  • /* Starred Review */ Grades 8-11 Simon’s pretty sure no one will be upset when he comes out as gay. Though he lives in Georgia and kids at his high school can be cruel, his friends and family are all very accepting. But announcing that he likes guys is still a huge transformation. That’s why he is so spooked when classmate Martin stumbles on secret, flirty e-mails Simon has been sending to Blue, a mysterious boy at his school, and gently threatens to reveal his secret. As the e-mail correspondence heats up, however, Simon is less concerned with keeping his sexuality a secret than he is with meeting the enchanting Blue. In Simon’s affecting and authentic voice, debut author Albertalli supplies an exceptionally nuanced account of his coming-of-age. For Simon, coming out is less about negative repercussions as it is about what such a statement will change. After telling everyone he is gay, will he still be the same Simon? Though Martin’s blackmail threats and Simon’s dreamy romance with Blue are pivotal, compelling plot points, Albertalli shrewdly gives much more weight to Simon’s emotional journey. Though they are certainly tied to his sexual orientation, Simon’s worries will resonate with many readers coming to terms with something new about themselves. Albertalli’s sensitive, incisive novel expertly gets at the complexity of identity, the difficulty of change, and the importance of growth. -- Hunter, Sarah (Reviewed 08-01-2015) (Booklist, vol 111, number 22, p60)
  • Gr 8 Up — Simon Speir, high school junior, walks away from his computer at school for just a moment, and that is when his biggest secret is discovered. He has been emailing a boy in his grade anonymously ever since a poetic waxing on his high school's gossip Tumblr caught his eye, and now Martin Addison has taken a screenshot and has a powerful way to blackmail Simon into getting his friend, Abby, to date him. Although it is filled with trendy pop-culture and digital-age references (Tumblr, Justin Beiber, The Bachelor , etc.) that may not stand the test of time, the message will resonate. Rife with realistic, high school relationships and drama, with a laugh or two at every turn, this is a coming-of-age, coming-out, and defying-the-odds story with which many teens will identify. With a very tidy, feel-good ending, the book will appeal to readers who enjoyed Tim Federle's Better Nate Than Ever (2013) and Five, Six, Seve, Nate! (2014, both S. & S.) and will find a familiar, slightly more mature home with Simon.—Brittany Staszak, St. Charles Public Library, IL --Brittany Staszak (Reviewed January 1, 2015) (School Library Journal, vol 61, issue 1, p105)
  • /* Starred Review */ After a “goobery nerd” named Martin discovers Georgia teen Simon Spier’s secret email relationship with a boy who calls himself “Blue,” Martin blackmails Simon into helping him romance Abby, a new girl who has been welcomed into Simon’s lunchroom clique. The threat of being outed by Martin forces Simon to come to terms with his sexuality, and his wise insights—Why do only gay people have to come out? Why is that the default?—add heft to a plot that is both hilarious and heartbreaking. Debut novelist Albertalli writes believably in the voice of a confused, openhearted 16-year-old. The large cast of companionable and well-developed characters contains a heroic drama teacher and Simon’s embarrassing but well-meaning parents. Page-turning tension comes from the anonymous quality of Simon’s emails with Blue, which are interspersed with chapters written in Simon’s first-person voice that chronicle Simon’s increasing frustration with Blue’s reluctance to divulge his identity, as well as the deepening nature of the boys’ relationship. Blue may hesitate, but readers will fall madly in love with Simon. Ages 14–up. Agent: Brooks Sherman, Bent Agency. (Apr.) --Staff (Reviewed February 9, 2015) (Publishers Weekly, vol 262, issue 06, p)
  • /* Starred Review */ A gay teen comes out to friends, family and classmates after his secret correspondence with another boy is discovered.Ever since he discovered a post about being gay on his school's unofficial Tumblr, Simon has been corresponding with its author, an anonymous gay classmate who calls himself Blue. Their conversations, which readers see interspersed with prose chapters written from Simon's point of view, are heartfelt, emotionally intimate and increasingly flirtatious—enabled, perhaps, by the fact that neither boy knows the other's identity. Simon is impulsive, full of heart and not always as careful as he should be. When he leaves himself logged into Gmail at the school library, a boy named Martin reads Simon's emails with Blue and uses the threat of outing Simon to insinuate himself into a relationship with one of Simon's female friends. Simon's social landscape is carefully and seemingly effortlessly drawn. Through light and often humorous detail, readers see clearly not only each individual character, but also the complex set of group dynamics at play in Simon's loving family and circle of friends. While Simon is focused on Blue, other characters go on journeys of their own, and the author is careful not only to wrap up Simon's story, but to draw attention to the stories the romance plot might overshadow in lesser hands. Funny, moving and emotionally wise. (Fiction. 12-18)(Kirkus Reviews, February 1, 2015)
Awards note
William C. Morris Award winner, 2016
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DLC
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Love, Simon (Motion picture)
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Albertalli, Becky
Dewey number
[Fic]
Index
no index present
Interest level
  • High School
  • UG
LC call number
PZ7.A434
LC item number
Sim 2015
Literary form
novels
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  • 8
  • 12
Reading level
  • 4.4.
  • 4.7
  • 4.4
  • 4.4
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True
Study program name
  • Accelerated Reader
  • Reading Counts
  • Accelerated Reader AR
  • Accelerated Reader AR
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  • Secrecy
  • Gay teenagers
  • Extortion
  • Friendship in adolescence
  • Pen pals
  • High schools
  • Secrets
  • Gay teenagers
  • Extortion
  • Friendship
  • Pen pals
  • High schools
  • Schools
  • Extortion
  • Friendship in adolescence
  • Gay teenagers
  • High schools
  • Pen pals
  • Secrecy
Target audience
adolescent
Label
Simon vs. the Homo sapiens agenda, Becky Albertalli
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Control code
ocn882738769
Dimensions
22 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
303 pages
Isbn
9780062792167
Lccn
2014022536
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
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  • 99966683494
  • 9780062348678
  • 9780062348685
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(OCoLC)882738769
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Simon vs. the Homo sapiens agenda, Becky Albertalli
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Publication
Copyright
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
ocn882738769
Dimensions
22 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
303 pages
Isbn
9780062792167
Lccn
2014022536
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other control number
  • 99966683494
  • 9780062348678
  • 9780062348685
System control number
(OCoLC)882738769

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