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Simon vs. The Homo Sapiens Agenda is a young adult novel by Becky Albertalli, which focuses on the life of 17-year-old Simon Spier, a gay teenager who is struggling to come out.

Plot

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.

Characters

  • Simon Spier – The 17-year-old gay protagonist
  • Blue – A gay boy that Simon engages in an online relationship with
  • Leah Burke – Simon's female best friend
  • Nick Eisner – Simon's male best friend
  • Abigail Suso – Simon's friend
  • Martin Addison - The class clown, who blackmails Simon after finding out he is gay
  • Cal Price – The stage manager of the school production and Simon's crush
  • Bram Greenfeld – A quiet kid who sits at Simon's lunch table
  • Emily Spier – Simon's mother
  • Jack Spier – Simon's father
  • Alice Spier – Simon's older sister, a freshman at Wesleyan University
  • Nora Spier – Simon's younger sister, who is a freshman

  • Taylor Metternich – Simon's theater mate, who plays the lead, Oliver
  • Ms. Albright – Simon's theater teacher
  • Mr. Wise – Simon's English teacher
  • Anna – Simon's ex-girlfriend
  • Morgan – Anna's best friend
  • Theo – Alice's boyfriend
  • Garrett – A soccer player who sits at Simon's lunch table and has a crush on Leah; Bram's best friend
  • Maddie – A member of the student council
  • Peter – A college guy Simon picks up in a bar
  • Carter Addison – Martin Addison's gay brother

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