Review: Boy Meets Boy by David Levithan

Boy Meets Boy by David Levithan

The whole time I was listening to Boy Meets Boy, I wasn’t sure what to make of it. It’s almost a futurist or fantasy type story. The high school and town portrayed in this book has an unusual amount of homosexual people in it, and the acceptance of these students is very idealistic. The beauty of this situation was that David Levithan was about to tell a story about gay teens without making it a story about coming out. That was pretty cool.

Unfortunately, that doesn’t mean that I loved this book. It was enjoyable, but it was too character driven for me. Not much actually happened. As the title states a boy, Paul, meets another boy, Noah, and romance ensues. Along the way there are other boys and friendship drama, football games and a homecoming dance, and many other stereotypical high school experiences that unfold in ways you’ve never imagined.

Paul drove me crazy. He’s one of those “popular” kids that I despised in high school. And although he’s very in touch with what he wants from life, he’s ignorant to how his behavior affects others. He inadvertently hurt his friends over and over again. Noah was great although not developed enough. My favorite character was Tony, Paul’s long-time friend, who is also gay. He struggles a lot with his identity and his relationship with his parents, but he went through some great character growth that I loved reading about.

Audio Comments

I listened to the Full Cast Audio version of this book on Overdrive, and it was a bit much. The voices were fine, minus some weird special effects. But the music between chapters was really annoying.

Rating: 3 Stars

Boy Meets Boy
David Levithan
Young Adult Fiction
Full Cast Audio
April 1, 2005

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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    1. It’s written as if being a gay teen is completely normal, so it’s almost like the characters just happen to be gay. Most gay romances are about one partner coming out or struggling with their identity. This book doesn’t have that – except with a minor character. It was nice to read an LGBT book that moves beyond that trope.

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