Book Review : Boy Meets Boy by David Levithan

October 23, 2013 Book review 8 ★★★½

Boy Meets Boy is an entertaining read that is high on the chuckle factor.  It does also make you ponder on whether society will ever be as accepting as the town that Paul lives in is.

Book Review : Boy Meets Boy by David LevithanBoy Meets Boy by David Levithan
on 21 Aug 2013
Genres: YA Contemporary
Pages: 185
Format: eARC
Source: NetGalley
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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

My Recap of Boy Meets Boy:

Paul is gay, totally happy in his skin and is lucky enough to be surrounded by family and friends that embrace who he is.  When he meets Noah, he finds a possible soul mate but then messes it all up very quickly and very thoroughly.  All is not lost though, with the help of his fantastic friends, he has a plan to win Noah back.

My Thoughts on Boy Meets Boy :

This was the first LGBT book that I read and I really enjoyed it.  It is whimsical, witty beyond words and romantic too.

The book is set in a town where being different is not just ok, it is celebrated.  Even in the high school, everything is quirky and diversity is flaunted and not hidden away which was fun to read about.  It might have felt a bit OTT at times but I still enjoyed it.  You want examples?  The cheerleaders have rejected pom-pom routines in favour of revving around the fields on Harleys.  The star quarterback is also a 6 foot 2 drag queen who wears false eyelashes, high heels and a red wig to school.

I don’t know if any town will ever reach the levels of acceptance that Paul’s town has but it does make you hope.  However, initially I thought I would be reading a book where the main character is struggling to be accepted by those around him.  And this I feel might be more realistic for what life is really like as a young gay person so I was a bit disappointed that this was not the case here. The book doesn’t skim over the issues though as Paul’s best friend who lives in another town faces the struggles that I thought might be more present here.  His parents feel his sexuality will mean that he is dammed and try to fix him.  This part felt more realistic to read about and I had genuine sadness when Tony broke down from pressure at one stage.  Paul and Tony have an amazing friendship which was fun to read to about and it feels like a friendship that is so strong that they will be there for each other through thick and thin forever.

The romance between Paul and Noah was all I hoped it would be.  It was tender and swoony with moments that melt your heart.  They have instant chemistry but they take the time to build a real friendship too, writing letters to each other and talking about everything under the sun.

“I know this is right.  I know he’s not going to be amazing all the time, but there’s more amazingness in him than in anyone else I’ve known.  He makes me want to be amazing too.”

My favourite thing about this book though is the writing.  I had lots of moments where I had a little giggle to myself over the way something was phrased or over a quick, snappy comeback by one of the characters. Overall, I really enjoyed this book even though it was different to my expectations.  I’ll certainly be reading more by David Levithan in the future.

Rating Report
Did I feel it?
Overall: four-stars


Who should read Boy Meets Boy?

I’d recommend this one to you if you are a fan of contemporary YA romance books.  It really makes no difference what sexuality the characters are, a swoony romance is always heart-warming. Thanks to NetGalley and HarperCollins UK, Children’s for giving me a copy of this book in exchange for an honest, unbiased review.


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8 Responses to “Book Review : Boy Meets Boy by David Levithan”

    • trish

      The town was inspirational which made it fun to read about. I loved the cemetery too, that idea of the boxes was just so cool, I wish that really happened! Mostly though I loved the romance, it was just so romantic, especially all the things that Paul did to win him back.

    • trish

      Thanks Michelle! This book was so much fun and yes I loved all the things that Paul arranged. They would have melted the coldest heart!

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