Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda

by

Becky Albertalli

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Nick Character Analysis

Nick is one of Simon's best friends; they've been friends since they were four years old. As such, Simon insists that he and Nick don't actually have to talk about important or deep things, as they already know so much about each other. This holds true at times; Simon finds his afternoon hangouts with Nick and Leah in Nick's basement to be comforting in their familiarity. He also enjoys it when Nick, who's an accomplished guitarist, finds guitars to play at parties. Nick is also a soccer player and as such, knows Bram much better than Simon does in real life. For much of the novel, Nick is caught in the middle of a love triangle: Leah has an obvious crush on him that he doesn't return, while Nick has an obvious crush on Abby. This causes a great deal of tension in the friend group and causes Nick to on occasion choose to exclude Leah, as her unrequited crush makes her snappy and self-conscious. Despite this conflict, Nick and Leah rally to support Simon when he's forcibly outed over Christmas break. They go to Simon's house to make sure he's okay after reading Martin's post on creeksecrets, and though they don't tell Simon what they read, their support is clear to him when Nora shows Simon the post later. Nick also does his best to honor Simon's wishes that he not make a big deal out of it when Simon does officially come out to his friends. In January, Nick and Abby do start dating and seem very happy and in love. At the school talent show, Nick admits to Simon that he's been working with Nora on the guitar for several months in secret.

Nick Quotes in Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda

The Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda quotes below are all either spoken by Nick or refer to Nick. 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 hate feeling so distant from Nick and Leah. It's not like keeping a normal crush a secret, because we never talk about our crushes anyway, and it works out fine. Even Leah's crush on Nick. I see it, and I'm sure Nick sees it, but there's this unspoken agreement that we never talk about it.

Related Characters: Simon Spier (speaker), Leah, Nick
Page Number: 133
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Chapter 27 Quotes

The problem is, I'm beginning to realize I hardly know anything about anyone. I mean I generally know who's a virgin. But I don't have a clue whether most people's parents are divorced, or what their parents do for a living […] And these are my best friends. I've always thought of myself as nosy, but I guess I'm just nosy about stupid stuff.

Related Characters: Simon Spier (speaker), Blue / Bram, Abby Suso, Leah, Nick
Page Number: 211
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Chapter 28 Quotes

“But they're supposed to be Alice and Nora. They're not supposed to be different,” I explain.

“They're not allowed to change?” Abby laughs. “But you're changing. You're different than you were five months ago.”

“I'm not different!"

“Simon, I just watched you pick up a random guy in a gay bar. You're wearing eyeliner. And you're completely wasted.”

Related Characters: Simon Spier (speaker), Abby Suso (speaker), Nick, Alice Spier, Nora Spier
Page Number: 235
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Nick Character Timeline in Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda

The timeline below shows where the character Nick appears in Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter 1 
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...helps Simon calm down, as does the familiar sight when he arrives at his friend Nick's basement. Nick and Leah are sprawled in armchairs, playing video games, just as they do... (full context)
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Nick and Leah are drinking sweet tea from Chick-fil-A, and Simon admits he feels weird eating... (full context)
Chapter 3
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...says nothing to Abby. He does his best to avoid Martin by sticking close to Nick and Leah. One morning, Nora asks if something is up when Simon insists on sitting... (full context)
Chapter 5
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...a tail, and Abby comes home with him after school so they can carpool with Nick and Leah to Garrett's party. As Abby cuddles with Bieber in her Cleopatra costume, Simon... (full context)
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...of alcohol, while Simon accepts a beer and Abby asks for vodka and orange juice. Nick runs to find a guitar, leaving Simon standing awkwardly with Abby and Leah. Leah is... (full context)
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...thinks better of Garrett when he goes and pulls the lid over the piano keys. Nick returns with a guitar and sits down. Simon, Abby, and Leah sit on the floor... (full context)
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Abby pulls Nick up to dance. Martin jumps up too and insists that everyone needs to admire his... (full context)
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At midnight, Leah drops everyone off at Nick's house and Abby and Simon walk to Simon's house. He observes the smashed pumpkins and... (full context)
Chapter 7
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...Mr. Wise shows Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night in English class, and Simon watches soccer boys including Nick, Garrett, and Bram squeeze onto Mr. Wise's couch in tiny cheerleading uniforms. Simon is surprisingly... (full context)
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...avoids Martin and sits down in the middle of an argument between Leah and Garrett. Nick sits down and suggests they go to the game later instead of going to Waffle... (full context)
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As Nick and Simon return to school that evening for the parade, they discuss that they're on... (full context)
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After the parade, Simon and Nick head to the bleachers to find the soccer team. The team is able to make... (full context)
Chapter 11
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...family moves to the living room, where Nora gets peanut butter so they can have "Nick Eisners"—cookies with peanut butter on top, which is what Nick thought peanut butter cookies were... (full context)
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Alice asks how Nick is doing and is happy to hear he still loves his guitar. She's quiet for... (full context)
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...and he feels like he's on the outside of everything when he sees Leah leaving Nick's house. (full context)
Chapter 17
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Simon grabs his dog Bieber and walks to Nick's house. He runs into Leah just pulling into Nick's driveway, and Leah and Simon head... (full context)
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...He mulls over the fact that he didn't take any of his chances to tell Nick and Leah that he's gay this past week, and tries to not think about how... (full context)
Chapter 19
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Simon gets a text from Leah that she's outside. He goes to let her and Nick in and finds them standing awkwardly on the step. They suggest they take a walk,... (full context)
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...but wait for the administrators to take the post down. He says he thinks that Nick and Leah already know, and he insists he doesn't want to deny the fact that... (full context)
Chapter 21
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...having a party. She also says that they'll need to talk about how to handle Nick sleeping over in the future, which makes Simon angry. Regardless, the party proceeds as Nick,... (full context)
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...says that he is gay, but he doesn't want it to be a big deal. Nick simply says "okay," which Abby finds an inadequate response. She suggests that Nick say something... (full context)
Chapter 23
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...the girls discuss who Simon should date, though things devolve quickly when someone jokes that Nick is gay, and Abby suggests they find Leah a boyfriend. Leah icily says she's not... (full context)
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...Simon feels somehow responsible. They decide to go watch soccer tryouts so they can pester Nick. Abby hangs over the fence and Simon enjoys the view. Nick, Garrett, and Bram all... (full context)
Chapter 25
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...it until the next day in English, when he walks into the classroom to find Nick on Abby's lap. Nick wants to know all about Cal, and Simon doesn't know how... (full context)
Chapter 27
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As 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... (full context)
Chapter 28
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...and tells him to leave some of the eyeliner on. She says that she and Nick are taking him out, and they're going to spend the night at her house. As... (full context)
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Abby and Simon meet Nick in the parking lot. Abby asks if they've talked to Leah, and Nick carefully suggests... (full context)
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There's a short wait, during which Simon, Abby, and Nick giggle over the menu items, all of which are innuendos. Simon tries to not make... (full context)
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...school. Simon admits he's only seventeen. Peter steers Simon into the restaurant to Abby and Nick, deposits him in the booth, and hugs him goodbye. Simon digs into his cold hamburger,... (full context)
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Nick and Abby walk Simon to the car as Simon talks about how cute Peter was.... (full context)
Chapter 29
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...is waiting for him, worried. Simon explains his parents took his phone and grounded him. Nick walks up as Abby apologizes, thinking it's her fault, but Simon insists it was all... (full context)
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...Simon finally catches Leah coming out of the bathroom. She asks if he, Abby, and Nick had fun on Friday. Simon apologizes, but Leah isn't willing to accept it. Simon walks... (full context)
Chapter 32
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...gone, but busies himself buying tickets and riding all the rides. He notices Abby and Nick sitting on a curb, surrounded by stuffed animals that Abby won for Nick. Abby invites... (full context)
Chapter 33
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...his best friend. Simon explains that he came out to Abby first because Leah and Nick know him too well, and he doesn't have that history with Abby. He says that... (full context)
Chapter 35
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Nick and Simon arrive for the school talent show just as the lights are going down.... (full context)
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...that Bram was right that people are like houses, with big rooms and small windows. Nick admits that he's been secretly working with Nora on the guitar for a few months... (full context)