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The closest thing I’ve ever had to a journal is probably you.

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This quote (Simon writing to Blue) shows the dynamic between Simon and Blue and how integral it was for Simon to have a confidante during this transformational and stressful time in his life.

One of the most poignant statements in the book that shows the identity crisis Simon experiences is the following:

I try not to change, but I keep changing, in all these tiny ways . . . And every freaking time, I have to reintroduce myself to the universe all over again.

Another passage in the book that shows Simon's self-awareness and how he deals with the social pressure of revealing, or hiding, his sexual orientation is the following:

And this gay thing. It feels so big. It's almost insurmountable. I don't know how to tell them something like this and still come out of it feeling like Simon. Because if Leah and Nick don't recognize me, I don't even recognize myself anymore.

This is perhaps the most revelatory inner monologue in the book. The passage sums up the challenges, insecurities, and turmoil Simon faces throughout the book. It illustrates the pressures that LGBTQIA+ teenagers face in contemporary times. They have to balance their social dynamic with friends and their expression of individuality. It also highlights the identity crises many LGBTQIA+ youth face—especially those who have hidden their sexual orientation for many years. The Simon that Leah and Nick knew was only a partial character. The complete identity of Simon includes his sexual orientation, but he fears that revealing this would "erase" the "old Simon."

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