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Becky Albertalli​'s Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda was turned into a motion picture in 2018. The story contains all the emotions that tend to make for an effective narrative and a compelling motion picture. The themes of the story are relatable to anyone who has once experienced the transition from adolescence to adulthood.

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Coming of age: Simon is sixteen years old and coming to terms with his sexuality. He is figuring out who he is and how he wants to live within his local community and his family. While he grows up and changes, his family goes through their own periods of growth and change.

Relationships: Simon's relationships are tested over the course of the novel. He has to learn where he fits in within his family, how to relate to his friends, and where to find the support he needs for his own struggles. Simon's best friends—Abby, Leah, and Nick—have problems and lives of their own, which Simon realizes he doesn't know much about. He discovers that asking people about their lives is as important as opening up to them about his.

Identity: The most prominent example of the use of identity in the novel is Simon coming to terms with his sexuality. Simon realizes that most people assume someone's gender, race, and sexual orientation without any compelling reason to know this for sure. While he tries to deal with his own plans for coming out, Simon sees that all people are faced with a similar struggle. His online friend "Blue" has to reveal to Simon that he is black, while Simon just assumed that he would be white. Simon's default assumption was that Blue would be white and straight, putting Blue in the position of having to "come out" as black.

Agency : Agency is a person's ability to act on their own and make their own decisions. In the novel, Simon's sexuality is revealed to Martin, who uses the information as a tool to blackmail Simon. In order to avoid assisting Martin, and to retain the...

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