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.
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