Date of Completion


Thesis Type

College of Arts and Science Honors



First Advisor

Valerie Rohy


coming out plot, thesis, queer studies, English


This paper examines two modern young adult novels to consider the ways in which these novels have adopted portions of the coming out. The books being examined are The Miseducation of Cameron Post, by Emily M. Danforth and Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda, by Becky Albertalli, and are important as representatives of queer modern young adult novels because of their fame and because the novels appropriate portions of the coming out trope to begin discourse on the importance of narrative. My goal is to understand why the coming out plot, which typically targets adults, has been adopted by a younger audience and how this adoption further builds into our understandings of the books: how can one gain or regain control of their own narrative?