Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda

by

Becky Albertalli

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Mom Character Analysis

Mom is Simon, Nora, and Alice's mom. Simon takes major offense to the fact that Mom is extremely observant about any changes her children make, and gets overexcited about those changes. Mom, more so than Dad, is extremely strict about following Georgia's teen driving laws. After Mom speaks to Abby when Simon comes home drunk, Abby tells Simon that Mom is terrifying. Despite her ability to terrify teens, Simon also describes her as being a "cool mom" who desperately wants to know about her children's lives at school. Mom does her best to be supportive of Simon after he comes out, and Simon suspects that Mom spoke to Dad about no longer making homophobic jokes or comments.

Mom Quotes in Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda

The Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda quotes below are all either spoken by Mom or refer to Mom. 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 3 Quotes

Leah once said that she'd rather have people call her fat directly than have to sit there and listen to them talking shit about some other girl's weight. I actually think I agree with that. Nothing is worse than the secret humiliation of being insulted by proxy.

Related Characters: Simon Spier (speaker), Leah, Alice Spier, Nora Spier, Mom, Dad
Page Number: 17
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Chapter 5 Quotes

I need to spend some time in my head with this new Simon. My parents have a way of ruining things like this. They get so curious. It's like they have this idea of me, and whenever I step outside of that, it blows their minds. There's something so embarrassing about that in a way I can't even describe.

Related Characters: Simon Spier (speaker), Mom, Dad
Page Number: 54
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But I'm tired of coming out. All I ever do is come out. I try not to change, but I keep changing, in all these tiny ways. I get a girlfriend. I have a beer. And every freaking time, I have to reintroduce myself to the universe all over again.

Related Characters: Simon Spier (speaker), Mom, Dad
Page Number: 56
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Chapter 19 Quotes

It's Christmas Eve day, and something feels a little bit off.

Not bad, just off. I don't know how to explain it. We're hitting everyone of the Spier traditions.

Related Characters: Simon Spier (speaker), Alice Spier, Nora Spier, Mom, Dad
Related Symbols: Holidays
Page Number: 151
Explanation and Analysis:

In this moment, all I want is for things to feel like Christmas again. I want it to feel how it used to feel.

Related Characters: Simon Spier (speaker), Alice Spier, Nora Spier, Mom, Dad
Related Symbols: Holidays
Page Number: 157
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Chapter 30 Quotes

“I owe you an apology, kid.”

I look up at him.

“What you said on Friday. About the gay jokes.”

Related Characters: Dad (speaker), Simon Spier, Mom
Page Number: 247
Explanation and Analysis:
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Mom Character Timeline in Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda

The timeline below shows where the character Mom 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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As Mom and Alice discuss one contestant, Dad insists that contestant is gay and a "one-man Pride... (full context)
Chapter 5
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Mom greets Simon and Abby when they arrive with a plate of snacks. Abby tells her... (full context)
Chapter 19
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...until everyone else gets up, thinking about Blue. Everyone else is up by nine, and Mom makes a big fuss when Simon pours himself coffee. Simon thinks his parents are so... (full context)
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...else pregnant. Simon plays along for a moment before saying that he is indeed gay. Mom and Alice are happy and proud, but Dad asks which girlfriend turned Simon off of... (full context)
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...to tell anyone in the first place. Simon gets it, and Alice promises to tell Mom and Dad about Theo. (full context)
Chapter 21
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On New Year's Eve, Simon and Mom argue about Simon needing to clean the basement before having a party. She also says... (full context)
Chapter 28
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When they get to Simon's house, Simon lurches inside. He finds Mom and Dad watching TV. They ask him why he's home, and Simon's explanation clearly shows... (full context)
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Mom comes back inside and sends Simon to get water. Mom and Dad talk for a... (full context)
Chapter 30
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...seen her cry before. After dinner, Simon listens to music in his bedroom. Around nine, Mom and Dad knock and ask if they can talk. They establish that Simon shouldn't get... (full context)
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Simon says he only hesitated to come out because he knew Mom and Dad would make it a big deal. Simon insists that they make a big... (full context)
Chapter 33
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Mom notices that Simon is in an unusually good mood, but Simon declines to explain why.... (full context)
Chapter 35
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...Theo and says he has a message from Alice: Simon and Bram are to refuse Mom and Dad's offer of dinner out, and they should go home to do homework—which translates... (full context)
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...of Emoji come out from backstage, and Nora flings herself at Alice for a hug. Mom and Dad give her a bouquet, and they all join one huge group with Bram,... (full context)
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Bram and Simon are seated in the living room with textbooks by the time Mom and Dad get home. Mom looks slightly disapproving that the boys were home alone, and... (full context)