Simon says he has a “normal life, except for one giant secret” – he’s gay and doesn’t know how to tell his parents or his friends. When an anonymous kid at school “comes out” on a public forum, Simon leaps at the chance to connect to him. He looks around his room for ideas about his secret identity and picks a username and a sign-off from things right in front of him (a photo of him in Paris becomes his name in French, and the song he’s listening to is his Gmail name). Simon is a good student, down to earth, and heavily concerned with how people might change their opinions of him when he comes out. He’s fearful of his father’s reaction, since he’s always making gay jokes. Simon has a good relationship of honest communication with his mom and friends (minus that big secret) and isn’t afraid to talk about how he feels. He pours out his heart in his e-mails and is too quick, he thinks, to sign off with “Love, Simon” (oops). Once his secret comes out, Simon desperately needs to find out who he’s been talking to, and have an ally who isn’t hiding behind a screen name. He challenges the person to meet him at the Ferris wheel and “come out” with him, but also uses this person’s courage to inspire him to admit the truth to one of his friends. Simon is always thinking about things, and trying to figure them out. He tries to figure out who he is corresponding with due to minor clues in their correspondence, but his own poor intuition soon leads him astray. He mistakes Bram as straight after seeing him kissing a girl (and never thinks of any alternatives), he assumes Leah is talking about their mutual friend rather than being in love with him, and he tries to match up two people who aren’t interested in each other, to keep his secret. He starts spinning little fantasies around each person who he assumes must be “Blue, working up to their romantic connection.

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Simon doesn’t want trouble and he hates conflict; when his friends confront him about having told them lies about each other, he shrinks away from them. He hides rather than deal with things – after his traumatic exposure to the entire school as being gay, Simon doesn’t reach out to his friends for comfort. He remains in his room for days and doesn’t answer his phone or make any attempts to communicate. Though constantly angry about being blackmailed, he goes along with the scheme to keep himself safe, out of anxiety at being exposed. Even though he’s angry about being exposed, Simon does forgive his friends for abandoning him and his blackmailer for forcing him to come out. He is more straightforward and blunt with his family than his friends, telling his father that the movie he’s making is crap and it looks like a fourth grader did it. Then he offers to do it over. He has occasional flashes of fiery anger in which he lashes out at people, tells them off, or give them his true thoughts, but he will soon fade back into being pleasant.