Thursday, September 2, 2010

Review of Boy Meets Boy by David Levithan

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 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.

I have no idea why I waited so long to read David Levithan, but I was mistaken. You can all feel free to chastise me and yell at me to read the rest of his books (trust me, I want to). I decided to pick up Boy Meets Boy because Kristi of The Story Siren was having LGBT lit days. I’ve read few LGBT books and nothing Levithan, so I figured I could kill two birds with one stone. I am eager to read the rest of his books.

What I loved most about this book was the quirkiness of it all. I don’t know of any communities quite as quirky as the one which Levithan has created, which felt both creative and original. As I was reading, I got the feeling that this was a town that was tolerant of people regardless of gender and or sexuality. I thought this was awesome, because I think many communities could benefit from being more like the one in this book.

This book is slim volume, and while there’s a lot of optimism, there’s also struggle. Levithan writes about love, both platonic and romantic, and manages to successfully depict how passion or spite can cause us to act in a way we normally wouldn’t otherwise, or how easy it is to feel entirely alone. The characters are not perfect, and while optimistic, I think Levithan leaves his ending open for interpretation. All of these elements felt so honest to me, which I absolutely loved.

Boy Meets Boy is not only a fantastic book, but an excellent introduction to LGBT YA lit (even acronyms for you?). It was impossible for me not to fall in love with the quirkiness of this book. If you have yet to read any of David Levithan’s work, I highly suggest remedying your situation as soon as possible. I can’t wait to check out his other novels!

Disclosure: I purchased a copy of this book.

8 comments:

  1. David Levithan is my third favourite author of all time. I love his writing style, and I'm so glad you liked his book!

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  2. Oh, I love David's writing! I definitely need to read this one. Great review :)

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  3. I'm going to have to add this to my TBR list! I just read Will Grayson, Will Grayson and absolutely loved it.

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  4. I'll be sure and check this out. I've heard great things about David Levithan.
    Lisa ~ YA Literature Lover

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  5. I LOVED this book. I enjoyed reading your review!

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  6. I am so crazy fangirl when it comes to David Levithan :)

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  8. David Levithan is wonderful! I love this book, too :)

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