Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Review: Boy Meets Boy by David Levithan

Boy Meets Boy by David Levithan
Published by Harper Collins
Date Published: February 7th 2005
Rating: 5/5 stars

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 was my first just Levithan novel. I’ve read all the Cohn co-writes and the Green co-write. So I was very excited to see what Levithan would create on his own. Needless to say I was completely blown away! As you may know from my DUFF review, I am a hideously gushy romantic for love. Whatever form that love comes in. And if you can’t tell from the title, this is a gay love story about Paul meeting Noah.

Love and trials come hand-in-hand just as they would with any straight love story; you have exes, best friends and maybe ex best friends, brothers, controlling parents and the occasional football playing drag queen. Okay, so usually less on the last one but hey, adds flavor, no?

This is an easy, breezy read (I think I read it in one night!) and it’s sweet, funny and even slightly nerve-wracking. But the last 50 pages or so, had me by the heart strings and I was on the verge of tears from the freaking cuteness of it all. I really cannot emphasize the cuteness of it, people!

One thing I really, really loved about this book was that most of the characters in this book were gay boys, but none of them where the over-the-top, OMG, limp-wristed, super effeminate gays that are too easy to stereotypically create. These characters explored more of the “real” gays. Some of them confused and unsure, another with horribly strict, religious parents and another just wounded. It’s one thing to simply have a stock gay character, it’s another to portray them as they really are, human.

On that note, as for the world in which they live, I think the term “gay utopia” would work perfectly. There was no real hate, no judgement other than the one set of conservative parents. I wish the world was like this. I wish my high school had been like this. Some might think it’s not hard enough to be realistic, but I think it creates an idyllic image of what the world should be like.

I really cannot wait to meet David Levithan at Texas Library Association conference in two weeks and get to gush over how much I loved this book AND get a strange look from him as I do it! I would honestly recommend this book for anyone who is such a bleeding heart like myself, or if you have an interest in books with multiple gay characters, OR a book with a male POV! Lastly, can I get a little love for the beautifully simplistic cover? I ADORE it! Kelsey from Reading or Breathing would like it too!


  1. I can't wait to read this! Great review. :)

  2. I loved this book! This was definitely the book that made me a Levithan fan.

  3. This review just convinced me of reading this book and that's great.
    I really want to read about that gay utopia.