Here at GAY YA we are extremely excited about the upcoming SIMON VS. THE HOMO SAPIENS AGENDA by Becky Albertalli, and today we have the pleasure of featuring an excerpt from the book!

Get excited because SIMON it’s an amazing debut, and you do not want to miss it. No seriously, all that praise it has been getting online? Completely worth it and you need to check it ouuuut.


Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda (Balzer + Bray, 2015)

Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda (Balzer + Bray, 2015)

But first, what is it about?

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.

Curious ? The following excerpt, is from one of the emails exchanged between Simon (Jacques in his emails) and Blue. Not only is the book adorable, but the humor is pretty on point…



DATE: Oct 31 at 8:26 AM

SUBJECT: Re: hollow wieners


aaah—autocorrect fail. DICK a good guess.

SIMON VS. THE HOMO SAPIENS AGENDA comes out on April 7th, and it was chosen as the GAY YA BOOK CLUB pick for April! Don’t miss out on the fun and pre-order it now: B&NAmazonIndieBound. (The date for the official twitter chat will be announced soon.)

Aaaaand if you can’t get enough of SIMON, don’t worry we have got you covered.

You can read and fangirl over the other tour stops here: Part 1Part 2Part 3. Tomorrow you can check out part 5, here.

And then you can go ahead and read our interview with Becky Albertalli here. See you at the book club!

About the author:

Becky Albertally

Becky Albertally

Becky Albertalli is a clinical psychologist who has had the privilege of conducting therapy with dozens of smart, weird, irresistible teenagers; some of these experiences inspired her debut novel. She also served for seven years as co-leader of a support group for gender nonconforming children in Washington, DC. These days, she lives in Atlanta with her husband and two sons, and writes very nerdy contemporary young adult fiction.  Visit her at and on Twitter: @beckyalbertalli.