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Thursday, January 11, 2018

#Book #Review: 4 out of 5 stars for Boy Meets Boy by David Levithan #DavidLevithan @AAKnopf

TITLE: Boy Meets Boy
AUTHOR: David Levithan
PUBLISHER: Alfred A. Knopf
PUBLICATION DATE: May 10, 2005 (first published 2003)
FORMAT: Paperback
LENGTH: 185 pages
GENRE: Young Adult, GLBT
ISBN: 0375832998
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 for. Until he blows it. The school bookie says the odds are 12-to-1 against him getting Noah back, but Paul’s not giving up without playing his love really loud. His best friend Joni might be drifting away, his other best friend Tony might be dealing with ultra-religious parents, and his ex-boyfriend Kyle might not be going away anytime soon, but sometimes everything needs to fall apart before it can really fit together right.

This is a happy-meaningful romantic comedy about finding love, losing love, and doing what it takes to get love back in a crazy-wonderful world.

MY REVIEW:

I own a couple of Levithan's book, so I decided to start with his debut!

Paul is a high school boy, who has always known that he was gay. Even his kindergarten teacher picked up on it, writing on his report card that he was "definitely gay." Of course, he didn't know what that meant but just knew that he liked boys. He "came out" to his BFF Joni in second grade, and he was the first openly gay Class President in third grade. His family is very supportive and he's very comfortable in his own skin. For Paul's friend Tony, things are quite different. Tony's parents are very religious, and he has to lie to his parents about his friends and himself in order to have a social life. Tony's parents would never let him hang around a gay friend, so even Paul's sexuality is a secret. Tony is also gay, but his relationship with Paul is strictly platonic. As far as Tony's parents are concerned, he is in a bible study group with Paul and Joni.

Paul meets a boy named Noah, and he become smitten with him. At first, Noah is much the same way but then he pulls back as he is "once bitten, twice shy." Paul was willing to deal with that, but then he goes and does something stupid like kiss his ex-boyfriend. So, the majority of the story has to do with Paul trying to win Noah back. 

The Paul/Tony/Joni trio becomes fragmented when Joni starts dating a new guy, and she doesn't have time for her friends anymore. Meanwhile, Paul and Tony miss her and need her...Tony especially, given the tough time he's having with his family. He wants to be able to be open and honest with his parents about who he is, and he's afraid that his parents won't be able to deal with it. He wants their acceptance so badly, and it was just heartbreaking to read. He could have been rebellious and just done his own thing anyways, but it was so important to him to be true to himself but also have his parents' blessing. For me, this secondary storyline about Tony was my favourite part of the book.

If you are looking for a diverse book to read, this one is it! The football team's star is also a drag queen, and I loved how Levithan created such an interesting cast of characters and -- most importantly -- their acceptance of one another. If only people in the real world were so non-judgmental and open-minded. It definitely gave me food for thought.

I really enjoyed this book, and I look forward to reading more of this author's work.

MY RATING:

4 stars!! It was really good, and you should put it on your TBR list if you enjoy books with diverse characters.

This book qualifies as:
#2 for my Strictly Print Reading Challenge
#1 for my Mount TBR Reading Challenge 2018
#1 for my 2018 Reading Assignment Challenge
#2 for my 2018 Beat the Backlist Challenge
#1 for my The Backlist Reader Challenge 2018
#2 for my New Authors 2018 Reading Challenge
#2 for my 2018 Try Something New Challenge
#2 for my 2018 POPSUGAR Reading Challenge
#2 for my Blydyn Square Books 2018 Reading Challenge
#1 for my 2018 Island Reader Reading Challenge
#2 for my 2018 Badass Books Reading Challenge
#2 for my For Reading Addicts Challenge
#2 for my Full House Reading Challenge 2018
#2 for my GWB Book Bingo 2018
Task #2 for my 2018 Reading Challenge (Linz the Bookworm)
#2 for my Ivyclad Bingo 2018
#1 for my 2018 Monthly Motif Reading Challenge
#1A for my Monthly Keyword Challenge
#2 for my Color Coded Reading Challenge
#1A for my 2018 Literary Escapes Challenge
#A2 for my Good Rule Reading Challenge
#1 for my Charity Reading Challenge
#2 for my 2018 Alphabet Soup Reading Challenge
#2 for my 2018 A to Z Reading Challenge
#1 for my 2018 Platypire Diversity Challenge
#1 for my 2018 YA Reading Challenge
#10 for my Bookish Bingo Winter 2017-18
#2 for my Chapter Break Bingo January 2018

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