Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda

by

Becky Albertalli

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Cal Price Character Analysis

Cal is a senior at Creekwood High and the stage manager for Oliver. He's blond with piercing blue-green eyes, which leads Simon to believe that Cal might be Blue. Though Cal isn't Blue, he does enjoy drawing superheroes and expresses romantic interest in Simon. After Simon comes out, Cal admits that he's bisexual and thinks they should hang out.

Cal Price Quotes in Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda

The Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda quotes below are all either spoken by Cal Price or refer to Cal Price. For each quote, you can also see the other characters and themes related to it (each theme is indicated by its own dot and icon, like this one:
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). Note: all page numbers and citation info for the quotes below refer to the Balzer + Bray edition of Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda published in 2016.
Chapter 17 Quotes

I mean, how does a person look when his walls are coming down?

Related Characters: Simon Spier (speaker), Blue / Bram, Cal Price
Page Number: 131
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Chapter 32 Quotes

I guess I assumed that Blue would be white. Which kind of makes me want to smack myself. White shouldn't be the default any more than straight should be the default. There shouldn't even be a default.

Related Characters: Simon Spier (speaker), Blue / Bram, Cal Price
Page Number: 261
Explanation and Analysis:
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Cal Price Character Timeline in Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda

The timeline below shows where the character Cal Price appears in Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter 3
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...she is nasty about it. Ms. Albright leads the cast in some blocking exercises as Cal, the student stage manager, makes notes on his script. Simon suspects that Cal might be... (full context)
Chapter 5
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...isn't so bad. He watches people come over to listen to Nick and thinks about Cal Price, who he's pretty sure is Blue—when they look at each other, he feels as... (full context)
Chapter 7
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...for Nick, but Simon decides to sit with the drama club. He sits next to Cal and can barely think, given how attractive Cal looks. He thinks about saying something to... (full context)
Chapter 9
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...the two of them having sex. He fantasizes about kissing Blue, who he thinks is Cal Price, and masturbates before he goes to bed. (full context)
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...cake to rehearsal. He sits on the risers to watch when he's not onstage, and Cal joins him to wish him a happy birthday. Nervous, Simon chooses not to tell Cal... (full context)
Chapter 11
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...means "the one who hears," and Spier means "the one who watches." Simon smiles at Cal and feels his day might be getting better—until he notices that a girl's ankle is... (full context)
Chapter 17
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...but Simon feels actually a bit in love with him. At rehearsal, Simon stares at Cal, hoping for a clue. Cal pulls out a book that disappointingly turns out to be... (full context)
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Simon goes and sits down next to Cal, who is drawing in his binder. Cal comments on the Labradors on Simon's pajamas, which... (full context)
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Ms. Albright sends a group to the music room with Cal to practice some of the songs. The students goof off and Taylor throws away a... (full context)
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...freshmen race. When the group finally heads back to the auditorium, Simon notices that both Cal and Martin have been watching him. Martin angrily pulls Simon aside and accuses Simon of... (full context)
Chapter 25
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...isn't surprised that Blue figured out his identity, but he feels horrible for thinking that Cal was Blue. All through the morning, Simon moves like he's in a daze. He keeps... (full context)
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On Thursday, Cal casually mentions he's bisexual and suggests that he and Simon hang out. Simon can barely... (full context)
Chapter 27
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...self-conscious and decides not to. Simon feels happy all day until rehearsal, when he and Cal pass each other on their ways in and out of the auditorium. They smile at... (full context)
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...Abby and Simon peek at the audience and point out Nick and Leah, they notice Cal frowning about whatever he's being told through his headset. After a minute, Ms. Albright fetches... (full context)
Chapter 30
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...that every email from Blue is time-stamped, and most were sent while Simon, Martin, and Cal were in rehearsal in the auditorium, where the internet is blocked—so Blue can’t be Martin... (full context)