- Reading level: 12+ years
- Paperback: 224 pages
- Publisher: Ember; Reprint edition (10 May 2005)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0375832998
- ISBN-13: 978-0375832994
- Product Dimensions: 14 x 1.2 x 21 cm
- Average Customer Review: 1 customer review
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,12,515 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Horn Book, March 26, 2013:
"Using a diverse cast of queer characters, David Levithan’s semi-utopian Boy Meets Boy...affirm[s] that there is a whole rainbow of ways to be gay."
"In its blithe acceptance and celebration of human differences, this is arguably the most important gay novel since Annie on My Mind and seems to represent a revolution in the publishing of gay-themed books for adolescents."—Booklist, starred review
"In a genre filled with darkness, torment, and anxiety, this is a shiningly affirmative and hopeful book. —The Bulletin, starred review
"Levithan's prophecy of a hate-free world in which everyone loves without persecution makes this a provocative and important read for all young adults, gay or straight."—School Library Journal, starred review
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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.
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Top customer reviews
The first thing I would like to say is that I am very, very glad I read this book.
The story is magical! I loved the narrator’s voice. It felt like he was directly talking to me and telling me his tale. The writing is unique, almost poetic. The book is full of love and emotions shown through its heartfelt writing. It felt realistic as well as out of this world.
I loved Paul’s character. I liked that he was confident and comfortable with being himself. I also really liked how Paul and Noah met. They were sweet and quirky and I loved seeing them together.
Every character in this book is different and brilliantly made. They are interesting and very unique.
I took my time in reading this book, savoring the experience. It is one of the those special books that really know how to tell a love story, where you can truly feel the love and romance between the characters. I could tell right from the start that it was heading towards the path of a great romance!
One of the things that made this book so special is the audiobook. It was brilliantly done with a full cast! It had music in between and I felt like I was watching, or in this case hearing, a movie. It was the best audiobook experience I’ve ever had!
This book is a fantastic contemporary LGBTQ book. David Levithan did an amazing job and I enjoyed every second of this novel. It was one of those books that I know will stay with me for a long time. Also, the title couldn’t have been more simple and perfect.
This was not just a book but an amazing experience and I highly recommend it!
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About 80% into the book I finally understood why Levithan created a world like this. With the protagonist "having it easy" it creates a unique lens to look at other gay youth in different situations. The chapter entitled "Tony" had me on the verge of tears.
This was David Levithan's first published book and I think you can tell. Many of his signatures are just beginning to emerge. The wit and charm of his writing are there. Unique, quirky, and random still describes his writing, but his writing has grown in his more recent books.
I did enjoy this book and I give it a 4/5. But, if you are looking for a modern gay story you should read "Two Boys Kissing". If you are looking for depth and conversations of sexuality, gender, and individuality you should read "Every Day". I will continue to consume as much of David Levithan's writing as I can.
However, while Paul may be free from many of the more unpleasant issues often faced by gay teens, his life is far from uncomplicated. As “Boy Meets Boy” opens, Paul has a chance encounter with Noah, a new kid at school who takes his breath away. Paul has had boyfriends before, but nobody he felt as strongly about as he does for Noah. And, apparently the feelings are mutual, but things don’t go smoothly for our hero, as his life gets even more complicated and he has to struggle to win Noah’s heart.
I usually avoid books labeled “Young Adult” (YA). I’m definitely not young, and I’m not really crazy about the adult part either, but this book came highly recommended so I decided to give it a try. Told in the first person by Paul, the story starts out a little over the top, with the boy discovering he is gay in kindergarten and running as the first openly gay class president of the third grade. By the time you get to the cheer-leading squad on Harleys, you’re most likely at the whatever stage of just going with it. Oddly, it’s right about this point that the tone gets a little more restrained.
While the writing remains relatively breezy throughout, the tone does get more somber as Paul faces some real challenges in trying to balance the demands of his friends, his budding romance and being in high school. While Paul faces many of the typical issues of being a teen in love, the story is thankfully free of all the angst that usually makes YA books so avoidable. Yes, he has the occasional moment of doubt, but he never sits on the fence for long. The characters may not grab you, but they won’t bore you either.
That the characters didn’t grab me, I put down to the enormous difference between us, both in terms of age and experience. It’s been a very, very long time since I was in high school, and that was back in the dark ages when those of us who were gay generally tried to blend in as much as possible. There were no openly gay students in my rather large suburban high school, so Paul’s world is something I have a hard time even imagining. Paul’s world is so far removed from my own that it almost reads like speculative fiction, rather than simply an exaggerated view of what the world can be like for teenagers today.