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Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda
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SOON TO BE A MAJOR MOTION PICTURE!William C. Morris Award Winner: Best Young Adult Debut of the Year * National Book Award Longlist"A remarkable gift of a novel."—Andrew Smith, author of...
SOON TO BE A MAJOR MOTION PICTURE!William C. Morris Award Winner: Best Young Adult Debut of the Year * National Book Award Longlist"A remarkable gift of a novel."—Andrew Smith, author of...
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  • SOON TO BE A MAJOR MOTION PICTURE!

    William C. Morris Award Winner: Best Young Adult Debut of the Year * National Book Award Longlist

    "A remarkable gift of a novel."—Andrew Smith, author of Grasshopper Jungle

    "I am so in love with this book."—Nina LaCour, author of Hold Still

    "Feels timelessly, effortlessly now."—Tim Federle, author of Better Nate Than Ever

    "The best kind of love story."—Alex Sanchez, Lambda Award-winning author of Rainbow Boys and Boyfriends with Girlfriends

    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 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.

    Incredibly funny and poignant, this twenty-first-century coming-of-age, coming out story—wrapped in a geek romance—is a knockout of a debut novel by Becky Albertalli.

 

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  • Becky Albertalli is the author of the acclaimed novels Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda, The Upside of Unrequited, and Leah on the Offbeat. A former clinical psychologist who specialized in working with children and teens, Becky lives with her family in Atlanta. You can visit her online at www.beckyalbertalli.com.

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  • Publisher's Weekly

    Starred review from February 9, 2015
    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.

  • Entertainment Weekly "Albertalli paints a stunningly three-dimensional, cliche-free world for Simon that bursts with unforgettable characters. Savor it, because you'll read it for the first time only once. Worthy of Fault in Our Stars-level obsession."
  • Andrew Smith, author of Grasshopper Jungle "Delightfully funny and at times heart-wrenching. Readers will ache for Simon's awkwardness, cheer his small triumphs, but, most of all, fall in love with this kid and with this remarkable gift of a novel."
  • Kirkus Reviews (starred review) "Funny, moving and emotionally wise."
  • Nina LaCour, author of Hold Still "I am so in love with this book."
  • Publishers Weekly (starred review) "Debut novelist Albertalli writes believably in the voice of a confused, openhearted 16-year-old. Readers will fall madly in love with Simon."
  • Tim Federle, author of Better Nate than Ever "Are we absolutely certain that Becky Albertalli didn't just steal the diary of a hilariously observant teenage boy? Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda is a pitch-perfect triumph of wit and wordplay that feels timelessly, effortlessly now."
  • Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books (starred review) "Though there are realistic moments of tension, the dominant sentiment here is the delicious excitement of finding your best self in the eyes of someone else; not since Levithan's Boy Meets Boy have readers been treated to such a happy sigh of a book about two boys falling in love."
  • Jennifer Niven, bestselling author of All the Bright Places "I love you, SIMON. I LOVE YOU! And I love this fresh, funny, live-out-loud book."
  • Alex Sanchez, Lambda Award-winning author of Rainbow Boys and Boyfriends with Girlfriends "Becky Albertalli has written the best kind of love story: the kind in which you fall in love with the characters as they fall in love with each other."

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