Book Review: Boy Meets Boy by David Levithan

Title: Boy Meets Boy
Author: David Levithan
Details: Paperback, 185 pgs.
Published: May 10, 2005 by Knopf Books for Young Readers
isbn: 0375832998 (ISBN13: 9780375832994)
Reading Level: Young Adult
Source: Paperbackswap
Description:

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 Thoughts:
I got this book in large part because of the author.  I am in love with the quirky characters he creates.  I was expecting a contemporary love story but with a gay protagonist.   And that’s what it was!  Other then there being a ridiculous amount of gay characters as well as lesbians (all walks of life are very welcome in this town!) it could have been a love story about a girl and a boy.  
I really loved the main character, Paul.  He’s like the gay best friend I always wanted.  Even when he makes a mistake it’s because of all the kindness in him and his overwhelming need to forgive and make everything good again.  Paul doesn’t have a mean bone in his body and it seems everyone loves him.  His life is far more perfect then most any other gay boy out there.  His parents accept him, his friends, teachers, heck~ the entire town accepts him.  So I thought it would be hard to see the troubles that a gay teen may have to go through.  But Levithan throws in the gay boy the next town over who has over the top religious and strict parents and the boy who doesn’t know if he’s gay, straight or bisexual.  We get to see some troubles that gay teens may have, but it’s more from Paul’s point of view.  
Although not realistic as far as an utopian community, I felt like the author wrote a story that’s almost like magical realism.  They can imagine that community, that perfect little town that accepts everyone freely and they can dream of things maybe being like that one day.  

You can find David Levithan at his website.  
 
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Comments

  1. I loved, loved, loved this book. I honestly tried to get it on the “Required Reading” list for my local High School district (to no avail).

  2. Great review, you’ve been reading some fantastic books lately. I like Adam really loved this book as well. It was one of my favourites for a while a few years ago

  3. I love David Levithan. I don’t think I’ve read anything by him that I disliked and I’m sure I’d enjoy Boy Meets Boy as well. It’s so easy and much more common for stories with a gay MC to be all about the hardships of being gay and not accepted, so it’s different and very much a Levithan thing to do it the opposite.

    Levithan’s writing always has some wonderful quirks in it that I absolutely adore.

  4. Glad you liked it! I loved this book when I read it a couple of years ago. It had its funny and touching moments, as well as a truckload of memorable characters. I’ve always thought it would make a great little indie movie.

  5. I just barely finished reading this one! I was surprised by how much I enjoyed it. Although I completely agree that the town was unrealistic, I like that the author made the story of Paul more about his life, and the typical teen/human desire to love and be loved than anything else.

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