Review: Boy Meets Boy by David Levithan

Boy Meets BoySource: Library
Publisher: Knopf
Series:
Edition: Paperback, 185 Pages
Genre: Young Adult Contemporary
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Rating: 4/5

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.

Boy Meets Boy is a different kind of contemporary. It’s set in a world where acceptance is the norm and everyone can be who they want to be without fear of persecution from most of society. It’s an idealistic society and it gives us an interesting view of each relationship in this book.

I mostly enjoyed the really idealistic view for the city that this is set in, but there were moments where I felt it went beyond the realm of ‘possibility’ for example the Harley driving cheerleaders. It’s not that they can’t drive Harleys, it’s that they are doing it in the gym that gets me. Nevertheless the out there stuff takes a backseat to how much I enjoyed this one, and I found myself daydreaming of having at least a margin of that acceptance where I live. (Hello Georgia citizens I’m looking at you).

Paul is a really nice guy with a great life. He tries to be there for his friends when they need him and after his heartbreak with Kyle it seems he finally has the possibility of starting new with Noah. However he’s had it easy and when things become complicated he learns what it means to fight for someone. I loved Paul’s growth in this because it’s rather unexpected. He’s already a nice guy and he already knows who he is, but Levithan still gives him room to grow. The relationship between Paul and Noah is really sweet and I was definitely rooting for Paul…even when he did something stupid. It’s even better because he’s not the only character who grows.

Boy Meets Boy is a really unique story and it definitely has it’s own really unique voice. I’ve only read one of other Levithan book but I can definitely identify this as his. It’s short, sweet, and has a ton of depth.

4 stars

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6 Responses to Review: Boy Meets Boy by David Levithan

  1. Sounds like a lovely story with some great character development. Great review Michelle!

  2. I love Levithan and while I don’t really read middle grade books, I am curious enough to grab it from the library.

  3. I really enjoyed this one, it was the first LGBT book that I read and it was great fun. I love how witty the author is. I did feel at times that the town was OTT as well and I doubt any town will ever be that accepting but as a direction for society to head in, it would be great.

  4. I totally rooted for Paul too even though he did something stupid. I loved the ‘showing’ part.

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