What's Simon up to?

SIMON is one of twenty nominees for the 2016-2017 Georgia Peach Award for Teen Readers!

SIMON is one of sixteen titles selected for Oklahoma's 2017 Sequoyah Book Award!

- September 6 2016

Greg Berlanti has signed on as the director for the SIMON VS movie, and an early 2017 start date for filming is being considered! 

- July 19 2016

From Publishers Weekly: Donna Bray of HarperCollins/Balzer + Bray has bought two more YA novels from Becky Albertalli, author of Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda and the forthcoming The Upside of Unrequited. The first book will be set in the same universe as the author's previous novels. Publication is planned for spring 2018; Brooks Sherman at the Bent Agency brokered the deal for North American rights.


Creekwood High School, senior year, Leah POV. :-)

- June 21 2016

The cover for THE UPSIDE OF UNREQUITED was officially revealed on Pop! Goes the Reader! 

- March 16 2016

SIMON is one of six finalists for the ABA 2016 Indies Choice Award Book of the Year - Young Adult.

- March 8 2016

SIMON is a finalist for the 28th Annual Lambda Literary Award in the category of LGBT Children's/Young Adult (along with so many incredible books). 

- February 16 2016

SIMON has been nominated as one of five finalists in the category of TEEN CHOICE DEBUT AUTHOR for the ninth annual Children's Book Awards! 


- January 30 2016

Becky Albertalli's Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda is a coming-of-age and coming-out story about a boy who must step out of his comfort zone by choice before he is pushed out involuntarily when an email falls into the wrong hands. This geeky romance is poignant, funny, and so sweet.

Hilary White for Popsugar

- January 15 2016

CHICAGO – The Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA), a division of the American Library Association (ALA), announced its 2016 Best Fiction for Young Adults (BFYA) list.

The list of 64 titles, drawn from 114 official nominations, is presented annually at the ALA Midwinter Meeting. The full list can be viewed at www.ala.org/yalsa/best-fiction-young-adults.

In addition to the full list, the committee has also chosen the following titles as the top ten:

  • Albertalli, BeckySimon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda. Harper/Balzer and Bray. 2015.
Anna Lam for Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA)

- January 14 2016

From www.ala.org:

Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli, read by Michael Crouch. Harper Audio, 2015. 6 hours, 45 minutes; digital download. 9780062411501. When an email to his secret almost-boyfriend is intercepted, Simon is thrust on a heart-breaking, yet hysterical journey of self-discovery. Crouch authentically voices the raw emotions of Simon in all of his neurotic and witty glory.

- January 11 2016

2016 Winner

Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda written by Becky Albertalli, published by Balzer & Bray, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers

On the brink of coming out, Simon's plans are derailed by a scheming classmate who learns about Simon's email exchanges with a mysterious boy that Simon may just be falling in love with.

From www.ala.org:

The William C. Morris YA Debut Award, first awarded in 2009, honors a debut book published by a first-time author writing for teens and celebrating impressive new voices in young adult literature.  The award's namesake is William C. Morris, an influential innovator in the publishing world and an advocate for marketing books for children and young adults. Bill Morris left an impressive mark on the field of children’s and young adult literature. He was beloved in the publishing field and the library profession for his generosity and marvelous enthusiasm for promoting literature for children and teens.

- January 11 2016

From glbtrt.ala.org:

*Albertalli, Becky. Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda. 2015. 320p. Balzer + Bray, $17.99 (9780062348678). Gr. 8-12.

Closeted high schooler Simon Spier is being blackmailed—either help Martin Addison get together with the girl of his dreams (Simon’s good friend) or Simon’s sexuality and email romance with mystery classmate “Blue” will be made public.  Follow Simon as he comes out, handles his bully, and navigates how to be with “Blue” in real life. 

- January 8 2016

From www.lapl.org:

16-year-old Simon finds himself the target of blackmail when a schoolmate finds Simon's email sent to a boy anonymously met online. and who also goes to their school. As his email correspondence with “Blue” progresses, Simon must deal with not only his blackmailer, who wants to be set up with Simon’s friend, but his own circle of friends and family as he decides how and when to come out, and on his own terms.

- January 4 2016

From bookgeekconfessions.com:

Can I just say that I am extremely happy! I haven’t read Winter, but I love Simon and All The Bright Places. But, more importantly Booklr, the readers, picked a POC protagonist, a book that deals with mental illness and an LGBT book as BEST ROMANCE!

We did it! Diversity! :-)

- January 1 2015

From chipublib.bibliocommons.com:

Simon isn’t ready to come out—his online pen pal, Blue, is the only person he’s told that he’s gay. But now someone else has gotten ahold of their e-mails, and if Simon doesn’t help him get what he wants, Simon’s secret will become everybody’s business.

- January 1 2015

From www.kirkusreviews.com:


"Funny, moving and emotionally wise. (Fiction. 12-18)"

- December 31 2015

From best-books.publishersweekly.com:

Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda

Becky Albertalli (HarperCollins/Balzer + Bray)

In a book that's both a timeless look at first love and a timely contemplation of identity, debut novelist Albertalli introduces a boy named Simon who embarks on an online relationship with an classmate—which one, he isn't sure—while working to understand what his attraction to men means for himself, his friends, and his family.

- December 31 2015

From www.nypl.org:

Simon is being blackmailed by a classmate. Can he protect his secret online admirer and still make it to rehearsal?

Committee Pick for 2015

- December 21 2015

Not only is it hard to come out as a teenager, but it’s insanely difficult when someone is using your secret as blackmail. Martin knows about Blue, an anonymous boy Simon has been communicating with online, and if Simon doesn’t help set up Martin with his friend Abby, he runs the risk of Martin coming out for him. This spectacular debut brings an honest, refreshing, and laugh-out-loud voice to the YA world and perfectly captures the inner turmoil of wanting your friends and family to accept you as you are.

Arielle Calderon and Farrah Penn for Buzzfeed Books

- December 15 2015

I know; I did a double-take when I realized this was a debut novel, too. Becky Albertalli absolutely slays this funny, heartfelt, and compelling story about closeted Simon who is blackmailed into helping a class bully get a date with his BFF. This is coming-of-age done in the best way, and I absolutely can't wait to see what Albertalli does next.

Caitlin White for Bustle

- December 10 2015

Things get complicated for Simon when he's blackmailed into helping the class clown win over his friend Abby, or else he, and his crush Blue, will be outed as gay. Just try not to fall for Simon and he tumbles through the trials and tribulations of coming of age, with the added pressure of coming (or not coming) out. It's both heartfelt and hilarious, and it feels so authentic to the high school experience. I just wish my high school was populated with some of the electric personalities on display here.

Caitlin White for Bustle

- December 7 2015

The Young Adult genre definitely upped its game in 2015, adding diversity in terms of main characters and challenging topics. It’s nice to know things are taking a step in the right direction, and the books just keep getting better and better.

In addition to veteran writers making great comebacks, some smash debuts came out of 2015 (*cough* Becky Albertalli *cough*), making the genre even more prosperous...

Emily Maas for Popcrush

- December 3 2015

Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda, by Becky Albertalli
This first-love story about two boys who meet on a high school Tumblr and fall in love through anonymous emails is joyful, immensely satisfying, and so quotable you’ve got to read it with a stack of Post-its. Simon knows his family and friends will be cool with him coming out, but he isn’t quite ready to test the theory…until classmate Martin sees an email he shouldn’t, jeopardizing both Simon’s privacy and that of “Blue,” his correspondent and crush. The threat of Martin blabbing, and the price of his silence—he wants to get in good with Simon’s pretty friend—provide impetus to the story, but the larger focus is on Simon’s quest to identify Blue, pick the right time to come out, and try to grow into the person he’s meant to be.

Melissa Albert for BNTEENblog

- December 1 2015

From ukla.org:

Simon is happy being in the background while he decides when and how how to come out. When one of his emails is read by a class blackmailer, everything is out of Simon’s control. Though it deals with difficult themes relevant to teenagers, this is certainly not a solemn book. It includes light, funny and romantic material while never sentimentalising or ridiculing.

- November 30 2015

You’ve already heard me rave about Simon vs. the Homo-Sapiens Agenda, by Becky Albertalli. But to recap, this is a fluffy summer-sky cloud of a YA novel that will make a lot of different kinds of readers happy. You got your epistolary romance between two hilarious, articulate dudes (one Jewish, one not). You got growth and bravery and Oreos and friendship and Harry Potter references. There’s quiet wisdom, too. Simon observes, “It is definitely annoying that straight (and white, for that matter) is the default, and that the only people who have to think about their identity are the ones who don’t fit that mold. Straight people should have to come out, and the more awkward it is, the better.” Preach. (12+)

Marjorie Ingall for Tablet

- October 29 2015

Fox 2000 has acquired a package for an adaptation of a popular YA novel that’s described as John Hughes-style coming-of-age, coming-out story. The studio bought Simon Vs The Homo Sapiens Agenda, a debut novel by Becky Albertelli that will be produced by Wyck Godfrey, Marty Bowen and Isaac Klausner (The Fault In Our Stars) of Temple Hill, and Pouya Shahbazian (Divergent) of New Leaf. The script will be written by Isaac Aptaker & Elizabeth Berger, who planned to pitch studios all over town, only to see Elizabeth Gabler’s division quickly take it off the table, preemptively.

Mike Fleming Jr in Deadline

- October 19 2015

Simon vs the Homo Sapiens Agenda has been nominated for the CILIP Carnegie Medal for 2016.

From www.carcarnegiegreenaway.org.uk:

The CILIP Carnegie and Kate Greenaway Medals are the UK's oldest and most prestigious children's book awards. Often described by authors and illustrators as 'the one they want to win' - they are the gold standard in children's literature. The CILIP Carnegie Medal is awarded by children's librarians for an outstanding book for children and young people.

- October 15 2015

Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens AgendaBy Becky Albertalli. 2015. HarperCollins/Balzer+Bray, $17.99 (9780062348678). Gr. 8–11.

Blending prose and e-mail correspondence, Abertalli describes high-schooler Simon’s coming-of-age and coming-out with sensitivity and insight. An expert look at the complexity of identity, the difficulty of change, and the importance of growth.

Julia Smith for Booklist Online

- September 21 2015

Sassy gay teenager Simon Spier is at the risk of being outed at school. If he doesn’t play wingman for the class clown everyone will know that he’s gay. And Blue – the boy he’s been emailing – will be outed too. A brilliant book for any LGBTQ teen in search of optimism.

Max Wallis for The Independent

- September 15 2015

Simon would like to know the identity of Blue, the guy with whom he’s been exchanging flirty e-mails, but things get complicated when a classmate considers blackmailing him. A sensitive and incisive novel.

Ilene Cooper for Booklist

- September 14 2015

New York, NY (September 14, 2015) – The National Book Foundation announces the Longlist for the 2015 National Book Award for Young People’s Literature. Finalists will be revealed on October 14. 

Among this year’s ten Longlisted books is a past National Book Award Winner, a two-time National Book Award Finalist, a three-time Newbery Honor Book recipient, a Michael L. Printz Honor Book recipient, and an Eisner Award winner. Three novels are by debut authors. 

The range of writing styles and genres of the ten titles on the Longlist is wide and addresses contemporary teen issues such as coming-out, coming-of-age, mental illness, and accepting loss. 

There are three nonfiction books: One uses music as an entry into Russian history, another focuses on a central figure in the politics of the war in Vietnam, and a third is a memoir of the author’s relationship with animals. There are six novels, one based on the early years of civil- rights leader Malcolm X, written by his daughter; and a graphic novel with the female sidekick of a supervillain, which was first serialized on the web. The Longlist also presents a novel that blends folklore and mythology. 

2015 Longlist for the National Book Award for Young People’s Literature:

Becky Albertalli, Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda 

Balzer + Bray/HarperCollins Children's Books

Sherrie Young for National Book Foundation

- July 1 2015

From www.juniorlibraryguild.com:

When an e-mail falls into the wrong hands, not-so-openly gay Simon is blackmailed into being a classmate’s wingman—or risk having his secret relationship exposed to the entire school.

- June 26 2015

Albertalli sent [Brooks] Sherman [of the Bent Agency] the query on a Saturday. On the following Monday, he requested the full manuscript. By Thursday, he offered to represent her. A week later, editor Donna Bray made an offer for a two-book deal, including the first novel, Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda (HarperCollins/Balzer + Bray, Apr.).

This is not how publishing works. Except when it does.

Sue Corbett for Publisher's Weekly

- May 25 2015

...over the course of this radically tender debut, we're reminded that while high school mercifully ends, the stumble toward growth continues, one freaking awkward step at a time.

Natalie Beach for Oprah Magazine

- April 3 2015

Worthy of Fault in Our Stars-level obsession. A

Stephan Lee in Entertainment Weekly

- March 1 2015

Albertalli offers a beautiful coming-of-age story that leaves the reader with much to think about. Through the voices of her characters, Albertalli has done a fine job of pointing out the many outdated prejudices and assumptions still held by too many in today's world and how unfair and unnecessary they are. I have long believed that it will be the current generation that will finally achieve the change we need to allow issues of sexual identity to become a thing of the past, and this book and these wonderful characters give voice to many insights that are spot on. Absolutely everyone should read this book!

Emoke B'racz, Malaprop's Bookstore/Cafe, Asheville, NC for Indie Bound