Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda

by

Becky Albertalli

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Taylor Metternich Character Analysis

Taylor is one of Simon's classmates and the lead actress in the school production of Oliver. Though she's an exceptional actress, singer, and dancer, and is also blond and beautiful, Simon insists she has a dark side: she often makes comments about her own superiority that make a point to reinforce others' inferiority. However, she also becomes extremely emotional and runs after the bullies who wave homophobic signs at Simon during rehearsal, and Abby tells Simon she thought Taylor was going to punch the boys. At the talent show, Simon discovers that Taylor is the lead singer in the band that Nora and Leah are a part of. Despite these positive attributes, Simon remains firm in his belief that Taylor is exhausting and too perfect for her own good.
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Taylor Metternich Character Timeline in Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda

The timeline below shows where the character Taylor Metternich 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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...other actors to rehearse a scene. Abby hugs Simon and tells him that she's in "Taylor hell," referring to lead actress Taylor Metternich. Taylor is perfect, but she is nasty about... (full context)
Chapter 13
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...attention back to the script. Simon finds the whole thing painful. Finally, Abby laments that Taylor already has her lines memorized. Martin and Simon insist that of course Taylor does because... (full context)
Chapter 17
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...music room with Cal to practice some of the songs. The students goof off and Taylor throws away a mysterious set list of classic rock songs, which Simon thinks fits right... (full context)
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Abby and Taylor have a go on the chairs, and when they're done, Abby collapses into Simon. They... (full context)
Chapter 23
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...of Simon and gay sex. Simon feels as though he's watching from far away as Taylor and Abby race towards the boys, with Ms. Albright close behind them. Simon notices that... (full context)
Chapter 35
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...opens to five girls on instruments. Simon is shocked—the drummer is Leah, the singer is Taylor, and Nora is playing lead guitar. (full context)