Review: Boy Meets Boy by David Levithan

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Summary:

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.

Review:

What a wonderful read! Seriously, this is exactly what the title says: a boy who meets a boy. It’s as simple as that.

I am amazed at the randomness, the comedy, and the faith that brings us all together and makes us hold on.

This book isn’t realistic. To stress that, there are elements at the beginning that highly suggest that, so expect something else entirely. What David Levithan does here is to create a new reality, a reality I pretty much wish was our reality, in which there is a town where acceptance and tolerance is everything. Paul’s life has been exactly as complicated as any other teenage’s life. The fact that he likes boys is just one of the things that make up who Paul is.

What I loved the most is that Levithan gives us this fantastic reality, but at the same time he hints at how things truly are through characters that aren’t from the same town as Paul, so being out of this utopic town they have to face our reality. Hate, violence, intolerance. It’s all there, even if it’s not. And that makes you want to fight for this reality so, so badly! Because even if the setting is surreal, the characters and their feelings aren’t.

In the end this book squeezed tears of joy, and hope out of me.

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