BOOK REVIEW: Boy Meets Boy by David Levithan

Title: Boy Meets Boy
Author: David Levithan
Published: May 9th 2003
Edition Language: English
Source: borrowed from MHS library

From Goodreads:
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.

Mrs. Beamer's Review:
I like this book...I do.  But I don't LOVE this book, like I thought I would.  I'm sure some of that has to do with my overwhelming giddiness at finally cracking the spine on this one :)  We all know the perils of high expectations.

I am thrilled by the LGBT characters in the book and their ordinariness within their school.  If only all schools/students were like that... *sigh*  But they are not.  This is where the book lost me...I felt disconnected by its setting.  It's like realistic fiction...but not.  So while I enjoyed the storyline and the growth of the characters, felt disjointed.  Because I kept wishing my school was more tolerant to differing lifestyle choices, the book often lost its flow for me.  Other than that, I did enjoy it :)  I'm a huge fan of David Levithan and so happy I finally got around to reading this book that has LONG been on my TBR list :)

My Favorite Quote (from this book):  "Self-esteem can be so exhausting.  I want to cut my hair, change my clothes, erase the pimple from the near-tip of my nose, and strengthen my upper-arm definition, all in the next hour." 

Mrs. Beamer’s Wrap-Up Rating: 0-5 (0=none, 5=lots) click here for more info
Language: 1
Violence: 0
Sexual Content: 1
Drugs/Alcohol: 0
Recommend for High School Libraries: YES
Comfortable With My Child Reading: high school
Potential Controversial Topics: LGBT teens

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