Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda | This Book is Basically Just About Oreos {Review}

Title: Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda
Author: Becky Albertalli
Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary, #diversebooks
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.



  • A lot of books exist. A lot of types of books exist. You’ve got your magical, adventurous, heart-racing reads; there are those subtle, slithering, toe-curling novels. But Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda? Definitely a we’re-just-gonna-have-a-chat-and-be-best-buddies kind of book. 
  • MMMKAY WE NEED TO TALK ABOUT THE OREOS. JUst. There is nothing more satisfying than reading a book about ALL THE OREOS while ACTUALLY EATING OREOS. Basically just read Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda if you need an excuse to eat Oreos. (holy heckers how many times have I just said Oreos???)


  • The characters are so swirly and delicious! They’re ACTUALLY FLAWED. LIKE REAL HUMAN BEINGS IN REAL LIFE!!! WHAT A NOVEL CONCEPT!!! But not annoyingly flawed. Cute little jelly bean that I like flawed. It’s all good.
  • Simon’s voice is so cayooooot (even if he’s desperately clueless). The writing is so casual and chatty. It’s just: Hi! Hello! What’s up! We are friends now! Congrats!
  • This read includes all the things all the bookworms hold dear. And by all the things all the bookworms hold dear I mean Harry Potter. Duh.

“What’s a dementor?”
I mean, I can’t even. “Nora, you are no longer my sister.”
“So it’s some Harry Potter thing,” she says.

  • THE TITLE MAKES SENSE. After you flip through the pages, you will understand the title! This is my bookish quirk. I know not why it makes me so splendorously happy!! It feels a bit like having an inside joke with the book, like you’ve developed this true friendship. *sighs dreamily*
  • Despite its delightfully fluffy and fun mood and flair, this book deals with real things and real issues. Honesty about homophobia. Honesty about racism. Which leaves you with the empowering: now let’s fix it 😉
  • DOG ALERT. DOG ALERT. DOG ALERT. (because let’s talk about the characters we actually care about) There is a dog. His name is Bieber. This is good because no story is good unless there is a dog. This is a fact.



  • There just wasn’t—enough. The book felt more of a dream than a story. MORE DETAILS, PRETTY PINKY PLEASE. The lack of details in Simon’s life (aka hardly any details on his friends, his sisters, even his own history and present) left a shadowy cast on me rather than a yes-I-am-full-consumed-in-this-story delight.


All you need to know is that this book is basically just about Oreos. Because if that’s not enough to convince you to read it then I don’t trust you and you don’t deserve to read SImon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda.



What fluffy tuffy reads snuggle up in your heart? Any #diversebooks recommendations? Which Oreo do you prefer? Favorite dog breed? Chat with me my scrumptious chums!

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21 thoughts on “Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda | This Book is Basically Just About Oreos {Review}

  1. I have no qualms about reading a book just for an excuse to eat oreos. Plus I’ve heard so much hype about this, and your glowing review makes me even more interested in seeing what all the fuss is about!

  2. Honestly dogs can save books. Except when they die. Boring book? It’s okay have a dog imagine him being all cute wagging his tail and licking ya and you’re good. Book has been saved

  3. You’re welcome! 🙂 Haha all is forgiven, I may have some at home so I’m looking forward to that.
    It’s totally great to see different perspectives! We’d all be pretty boring if we all thought the same way!

  4. SHANKS, FRIEND!! Oh no. That is sad. Forgive me.
    Hmm i see what you mean. I still would’ve liked more, but i think it’s splendorous that we can read the same book and have different views!! Literally my favorite thing about blogging 😊

  5. Great review! It kinda made me want to go and eat Oreos, sadly I do not have any 😦
    This was such a good book I agree I wish there was more, but I’m also happy that there wasn’t because then (I don’t know to me) it would feel like forced writing.

  6. I love this review! I haven’t read Simon Vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda yet, but I will be keeping my eye out for it! It sounds adorable!

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