Friday, March 29, 2013

Review: Boy Meets Boys

Boy Meets Boy by David Levithan

Publisher: Alfred A. Knopf
Publication Date: May 10th 2005
Pages: 185
Source: Library
Genre: LGBTQ, Romance, Contemporary

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.

Okay. This book. I decided to read this book right after reading the synopsis for his newest book and I knew I had to get caught up on his work because... well I haven't read any of his work before and his up coming book follows up on two of his works. I knew absolutely nothing about this book other than the fact that it was an LGBTQ book, and I was very hopeful that I would enjoy it. I am very glad I picked up this story.

The characters are pretty much what made this book so awesome. Each character was a little different, and each character had something to put on there. My favorite thing about this book was that no one was afraid to put a themselves out there and just be who they are. With a gang like Paul, Noah, Tony, Ultimate Darlene, and Joni I really can't help but love each one of those characters. 

I really liked what an open minded atmosphere this story takes place in. Everyone just is who they are and (almost) no one cares. This idea really works with my next point on this story so I'll combine the two. With my experience, the school atmosphere is really not really realistic in this book. Sure, a lot of people WANT schools to be as open minded as this school is, and we what kids to who they are and we want all that. But is that real? No. People do not treat others fairly, it's just what happens, and that's what makes this story just a little more special. This books gives the impression of an ideal situation, and I really like that.

I know this is a short review, but hey- it's a short book. All in all I really enjoyed this story!


  1. Hmm, a short and sweet review! Although I'm still slightly conflicted about whether or not I should pick this one up. The characters sound phenomenal though, and while it's neat that everyone is pretty open-minded, you're totally right that this isn't very realistic in a real school setting.

    Fantastic review, Erika! <3

  2. I've been wanting to read this book for awhile (and, okay, everything David Levithan has ever written) but it was the cover reveal/announcement for his newest book that made me want to immediately get my hands on a copy of this. I have yet to do that, but I'm glad to hear that you enjoyed this! I'm excited to read about these characters, since they sound amazing!