Monday, March 19, 2012

Review: Boy Meets Boy by David Levithan

Title: Boy Meets Boy
Author: David Levithan
Series: None
Release Date: September 9th, 2003
Number of Pages: 185
Publisher: Alfred A. Knopf
Source: Bought
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 set in a strange Gay Utopia. Why strange? Well, it seems so unreal, a town where most characters seem to be gay (or at least, most characters we meet), where everything seems perfect. It is almost a dream town, where people or so open-minded. Even Tony’s religious parents seems kind of okay with it (well more than some religious family I’ve known…) Still, it felt kind of strange, mostly with the fast food restaurant turning meat-free because of some vegetarians being against their use of meat (I’m vegetarian, and sometime it can be hard to find a good alternative in a restaurant…)

Now, the characters were mostly great. Paul really made me laugh, and he seems like the kind of guy I would love to have as friend.  He was just seems to be bringing something to all his friends. The only thing, I have to say that he was a little of a drama queen. Out of all his friends, I have to say that I didn’t like Joni. I’m sorry, but I’m the kind of girl that thinks that friends should come first. Her relationship with Chuck just brought the worst out of her, in my opinion. Now, let’s talk about Noah, Paul’s love interest. I liked him, yet he wasn’t my favorite character. (No, I don’t prefer Kyle, it’s just that I feel like Noah should been more open to what Paul wanted to tell him, when he tried to explain everything.

Overall, I did enjoy this novel. It wasn’t love, but I would recommend it. It was a short read, enjoyable enough. It was my first book by David Levithan, well written only by him (I’ve read Will Grayson, Will Grayson, which he wrote with John Green).  No completely what I expected though. I wasn’t expecting that much of an “utopic” setting.


  1. I've heard so many great things about this one! I really want to find the time to read it. I didn't know that it was a utopic setting though, that comment sparks my interest a little more for this book. Great review!

    1. It's not an Utopia exactly. It's simply that the town where Paul lives seems to be so perfect for any gay teenagers: Everyone so understanding, so many proudly gay. It sounds so utopic these days when you know that many teenagers are bullied for being gay.

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