Boy Meets Boy

Boy Meets Boy

This is the story of Paul, a sophomore at a high school like no other: The cheerleaders ride Harleys, the homecoming queen used to be a guy named Daryl (she now prefers Infinite Darlene and is also the star quarterback), and the gay-straight alliance was formed to help the straight kids learn how to dance.When Paul meets Noah, he thinks he’s found the one his heart is made...

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Title:Boy Meets Boy
Author:David Levithan
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Edition Language:English

Boy Meets Boy Reviews

  • Vinaya

    Or Ten Reasons Why You Should Read Boy Meets Boy

    I want to live in the world David Levithan has created. It's fun, it's fabulous, it's the literary equivalent of unicorn fart! Sure, I know there probably doesn't exist a place where all the teenagers gather together to dance away Sunday nights in the local bookstore. Where the school's star quarterback is a crossdresser with the improbable name of Infinite Darlene. Where the Boy Scouts quit and reform as the Joy Scouts because the Boy Scouts would

    Or Ten Reasons Why You Should Read Boy Meets Boy

    I want to live in the world David Levithan has created. It's fun, it's fabulous, it's the literary equivalent of unicorn fart! Sure, I know there probably doesn't exist a place where all the teenagers gather together to dance away Sunday nights in the local bookstore. Where the school's star quarterback is a crossdresser with the improbable name of Infinite Darlene. Where the Boy Scouts quit and reform as the Joy Scouts because the Boy Scouts wouldn't accept gay members. But it's nice to suspend your disbelief and just

    this magical, happy place with it's accepting, encouraging populace where being gay is no more unusual than being straight and the love of your life would just walk up to you in the Self Improvement section. Hello, Narnia!

    I don't think I stopped smiling AT ALL through the first hundred-odd pages of this book. I asked for a happy gay romance, and boy, did this story deliver! Paul is a great protagonist - he is comfortable in his own skin, he is popular and well-adjusted, he has an adorable family I just could not get enough of, and the story of his and Noah's budding romance is all sparkles and rainbows without being cheesy in the least. I LOVED the fact that Noah brought him flowers on their first date, and I loved that we got to see them hang out with his quirky family. This book was like an episode of Glee - you know real life's not this easy, but that's kind of the

    !

    Despite the sunshine-y tone of the book, it manages to address several issues with a fairly large cast of characters who all steal your heart. There's Tony, struggling struggling with his sexuality in the midst of his rabidly religious family. And Kyle, Paul's ex, who is confused about whether he likes girls or boys, unable to understand that liking both is a possibility. And then there's Joni, who's been friends with Paul since forever, but now she's changing, because she's in love with the one boy who can't accept Paul for what he is. And Noah, so happy in the beginning, but filled with doubts on the inside, burned before and wary of being burned again. This is a story about a bunch of teenagers trying to find their place in the world, and the general tone of levity doesn't distract from the importance of the message.

    So there I was, coasting along on this pink cloud, when I got a rude shock!

    David Levithan must be some kind of genius. After a twist that left me fuming mad, I thought the rest of the book was going to be ruined. But somehow, he managed to explain it just right, in a way that was realistic and compassionate, yet without make lame justifications for Paul's behaviour. Somehow, somehow, he managed to not only bring me back to the point of liking the book, he had me smiling again!

    I am a complete

    when it comes to romance. Nothing melts my heart like hearts and flowers and grand gestures. And this book had some of the most satisfyingly cheesy romantic gestures ever written. Again, I say, I want to live in David Levithan's world! I loved the way the relationship between the two main characters was rebuilt, in a manner that was sweet and warm, and peculiarly their own, giving the reader a nice case of the warm fuzzies.

    If you are not a big fan of sweetness and light, I would suggest you stay away from this book. As you can probably tell from the cutesy cover, it is pure fluff - the kind of book you'd take with you to the beach. It is very well written fluff, however, and if straightforward romance floats your boat, I could not recommend this book more highly. Now, since I am running out of words, Reasons 9 and 10 shall speak for themselves!

    My recommendation? Date a Unicorn - Read this book - Up your fuzzy quotient today!

    Oh, and thank you to Hannah Moskowitz for recommending a book that

    met my requirements! :)

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  • karen

    hm. i don't really know what to make of this one.

    see, here's the deal - i know this is a hugely popular gay teen fiction book - it has been around for a while and everyone loves it (LGM) , but in light of recent current events, it just makes me nervous.

    this book takes place in a gay utopia, really. a world where there would be no need for the

    and on the one hand, i'm sure gay teens would love reading it because it is like an escapist fantasy where everyone is tolerant

    hm. i don't really know what to make of this one.

    see, here's the deal - i know this is a hugely popular gay teen fiction book - it has been around for a while and everyone loves it (LGM) , but in light of recent current events, it just makes me nervous.

    this book takes place in a gay utopia, really. a world where there would be no need for the

    and on the one hand, i'm sure gay teens would love reading it because it is like an escapist fantasy where everyone is tolerant and heterosexuals actually seem to be the minority and the homecoming queen is the same entity as the quarterback. football players in drag, what more could an acceptance-seeking gay teen want??

    but on the other hand, doesn't this kind of hyperbolic fantasy make teens feel

    ?? because it is totally not like this anywhere i have ever heard of. where the boy scouts have been banned from town for not being gaycepting and changed to "the joy scouts". where the vegetarians win and get the local mcdonalds changed to a veggie d. where everyone's parents are cool with their gay kids coming out when they are 8. (but not one town over, mind you, just in this weird rainbow-gated community). doesn't a kid read that, and then go to their real high school and get called a fag, and doesn't it make them feel worse?

    i have no idea.

    apart from my squeamishness about how this book operates psychologically in a real-world context that has lately been more dramatic than usual, the book itself is okay. it's a fine little story about first real love and loyalty and all the regular ups and downs of high school. not particularly illuminating, but it is only 185 pages, so what can you do??

    however, all social climate stuff aside, this got me peeving:

    "joni's brought us here because sometimes you just have to dance like a madman in the self-help section of your local bookstore."

    this is untrue. no dancing, please. it is a place of business. take that shit outside, capice?

  • Fabian

    Despite its pretenses & it's overall theme of goodness, friendship, the story is kinda, sorta pedestrian*. A love triangle not in the least bit bizarre, our character is a prancing, megaconfident & hyperpositive social Pollyanna. These kids seemingly live in a perpetual children's museum--their hometown caters to them all, and to SUCH a staggering degree as to make you go "ick."

    "On the seventh day I gave him me." Yeah, Paul. You and your buddies have a god complex. The atmosphere is too

    Despite its pretenses & it's overall theme of goodness, friendship, the story is kinda, sorta pedestrian*. A love triangle not in the least bit bizarre, our character is a prancing, megaconfident & hyperpositive social Pollyanna. These kids seemingly live in a perpetual children's museum--their hometown caters to them all, and to SUCH a staggering degree as to make you go "ick."

    "On the seventh day I gave him me." Yeah, Paul. You and your buddies have a god complex. The atmosphere is too sweet, often unbelievably. Plus references to "Breakfast Club"? (Cliche even in popular movies like "Pitch Perfect".) Yeah. These characters definitely DO NOT EXIST. Or ever will. Or ever did.

    *It's always convenient for an adolescent idyll/fairy tale/hormonal angst to have two dudes go for you at once (see: Twilight, ...etc.) cos, you know, YOU DESERVE IT, girl!

  • Lola

    3.5 stars. Although this is a very short novel—not even two-hundred-pages long—it explores different themes worth contemplating, with a huge emphasis on romantic and friendly-inclined relationships.

    Paul’s high school is like no other. Every student feels free to be who they are or want to be—gay, lesbian, drag queen, transgender—without fear of being targeted by other classmates.

    Though, to make things clear, this is no utopian novel.

    3.5 stars. Although this is a very short novel—not even two-hundred-pages long—it explores different themes worth contemplating, with a huge emphasis on romantic and friendly-inclined relationships.

    Paul’s high school is like no other. Every student feels free to be who they are or want to be—gay, lesbian, drag queen, transgender—without fear of being targeted by other classmates.

    Though, to make things clear, this is no utopian novel. Paul’s high school is indeed magnificent—his whole town is amazing!—but not absolutely everyone is open-minded. His best friend Tony’s parents, for instance, are uber-religious and forbid him from going near other gay boys.

    This is a love story, a coming-of-age story, a slice-of-life revealing how things could be if LGBTQ+ people were better treated and more respected and a collection of truthful moments in the life of a teenage gay boy who may have found the love of his life and lost him forever.

    David Levithan writes like he can feel every single emotion his characters are feeling. I’m sure he is the type of author to cry along with the people he’s writing about when their hearts are breaking.

    If this book had been about a boy meeting a girl, I would have found it clichéd. The diversity makes is quite interesting. The high school is original and the set of characters heart-warming. Some secondary characters weren’t fleshed-out enough to make them memorable—I’m looking at you Joni!—but they all had a part to play in this story.

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  • Manju

    Cute love story about love, friendship, coming out, and heart break.

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