Title: Boy Meets Boy
Author: David Levithan
Length: 185 pages
Read from August 8th to August 9th
Description: 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.
My Rating: 5 of 5 stars
My Review: The first thing I gotta say is, I’m mad at myself for not reading this the moment it arrived in the mail!
The other first thing I gotta say is, I want to go to this high school!!! There should be a television show about this high school because I would watch the hell out of it!
This book was just beautiful. I loved the story and the characters. It’s about Paul, who is best friends with Joni and Tony, ex-boyfriends with Kyle, and very interested in the new boy, Noah.
Let’s talk about Paul. This kid is really put together. And what I mean is, he comes from a loving home with understanding and fun-loving parents and a pretty cool older brother. They all accept Paul and his friends for who and what they are, no questions asked. Besides typical teenaged angst, Paul is very secure in who he is. He’s out, he’s dated boys in junior high and high school; he’s even had his heart-broken. He’s the kid all parents wish their kids could be, without him seeming ridiculously fake. He’s a good person with family and friends. He goes to school and does well, he participates in school plays and helps to plan school functions. He’s supportive of his friends. And, most important, he makes mistakes.
Then we have Tony who is gay and sort of out, but he has devout Christian parents who pray for his soul and fear that he is headed straight for hell if he doesn’t get back on the right path. But the catch is, they truly, truly love their child. They haven’t thrown him out or tried to send him to a facility to geared to force him straight. But they do continuously pray for his salvation, they are strict about what activities he can participate in, they (sort of) screen his friends and get super excited whenever a girl is mentioned. Tony is so sad and I just want to hug him and adopt him as my own child. His parents mean well, but they haven’t gotten to the point where (good parents) realize that loving your child means letting them be who they are and not who you wish they would be.
There’s Joni, who loses her damn mind a few chapters into the book. She becomes the epitome of love making you ditch your family and friends and making you do stupid things. She, in my opinion, is a bad friend, and she gets no redemption from me.
Kyle is Paul’s ex who broke up with him when being gay and in a relationship freaked him out. He gets halfway to redemption in my book because (and I can only imagine) having an identity crisis at 15-16 years old is insane and would make you do crazy, stupid things that teenagers often do, and then later regret.
And Noah is the new boy in town who is sweet and artsy and has been hurt before. I just wanted to hug him as well because he has the travelling-for-work-parents. They’re never really home and have moved him and his sister around quite a bit. He doesn’t even realize what he’s looking for when he meets Paul and gets a little freaked-out himself. Only he handles his freak-out much better than Kyle did.
Infinite Darlene. She is a drag queen, the star quarter back, and the homecoming queen. ‘Nough said.
There are more characters that I won’t get into. But they are all wonderfully written. I feel like we were given a glimpse of who they all are as people and teenagers just struggling to get through high school life. The story is funny and sad and sweet and lovely. All-in-all this is a well-written tale of old love, new love, friendship, betrayal, growth and redemption. While I wish it was longer, the length was perfect. It left me wanting more, but I wasn’t left unsatisfied.