Audiobook review: Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli. Can you die from cuteness?

Title: Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda
Author: Becky Albertalli
Narrator: Michael Crouch
Story rating: 5 of 5 Stars
Audio rating: 5 of 5 Stars
Overall rating: 5 of 5 Stars


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.


I’m sure you’ve already heard this, but I want to say it again, this book was so cute and adorable. This was such an uplifting “feel-good” story. It’s impossible not to fell in love with Simon a little or maybe a lot.

I loved almost everything about this book.


I think there are not enough books with well-done male POV out there. I’m always on the lookout. And this book is a wonderful example. Simon is realistic and likable character.


The emails between Simon and Blue were highlight of the story.


Oh, the mysterious Blue… I spent delicious time guessing and second guessing his identity.

Simon’s family

His parents were so supportive and loved him so much. Despite this Simon was in no hurry to come out. And this book gave me such an insight on why teenagers don’t tell their parents stuff about themselves, even when they have loving and supportive parents. There was a wonderful scene where Simon’s parents said that everything about his life was exiting to them and they wanted to know stuff. Simon said them: “You, guys are so freaking obsessed with everything I do. It’s like I can’t change my socks without someone mentioning it”. I need to process it some more, I’ll probably write a post on my blog.

My thoughts about the audiobook:

This audiobook is narrated by Michael Crouch. I’ve been told that he is good (thank you, Nereyda!). Now that I’ve listened my first audiobook narrated by him I want to tell that Michael Crouch is amazing. He has a perfect voice for YA, and he really brought to life Simon. I highly recommend to listen Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda in audio format.

Only one thing bothered me a little. There were a lot of emails between Blue and Simon and the narrator read “from, to, date and subject” part every single time.

All in all, this book was light and fluffy and a little bit unrealistic (you know in that “everything is too perfect” way). But we all need such positive pick-me-up books in our life.

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8 Comments on “Audiobook review: Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli. Can you die from cuteness?

  1. Ahhhh this review has me so excited, Ksenia! I’ve been dying to read this forever — everyone seems to love it. The relationship between Simon and Blue sounds adorable. I’ve never listened to Michael Crouch, so I’m gonna go off to audible now and grab this so I can try out his narration. Thanks for bringing him to my attention! :)
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  2. I adore this book! And I can’t wait for the companion, The Upside of Unrequited. <3 I'm so glad you liked this one as well and thought it was cute and fluffy.

    I'm not a huge fan of audiobooks though, so listening to it is not for me lol. 😛

    I agree everything was a tad bit unrealistic, but I think that makes up for the tragic contemporaries out there. Gotta have that balance, haha!
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  3. Oh my gosh, yes! This book was a seriously adorable!! I loved Simon and the emails! I think maybe the ending is a bit unrealist perfect but I felt the rest of the story was pretty realistic (ie. The friendship, teen angst etc) haha. Great review, glad this was an awesome listen for you!

  4. I’ve heard such great things about this book Ksenia, but I never considered before to give it a go on audio, and I’ve never listened to anything by Michael Crouch either. Think I need to change this soon! Fab review! :)

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