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by David Levithan

eBook Boy Meets Boy download ISBN: 1602521018
Author: David Levithan
Language: English
ePub: 1532 kb
Fb2: 1937 kb
Rating: 4.4
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Category: Teenager
Subcategory: Social Issues

Comments: (7)
I love David Levithan's books, this one included. My only second thought on this particular story is that the setting is so completely unrealistic. My young gay friend said the same thing - if only a high school and community really responded like this to gay kids, life would be great. But it doesn't, so while it's a fun read, it's also a little disappointing if you're looking for something a little more true-to-life. Definitely something to aspire to for those of us in public education, though. Kids with gender and sexual identity questions can always find some hope and fun in Levithan's works. I book talk his work frequently, and kids love his books.
The beginning didn't feel like a David Levithan novel. His books always have been so grounded and real to me. This started out kind of ridiculous and outrageous. Many of the characters were larger than life. The city it takes place in also seemed nonrealistic. The high school contains a cheerleader biker gang, a high school cover band, and a few drag queens. All of the high school characters seem very sure of themselves. It felt like adult situations just transplanted into a high school and even earlier with stories that go as far back as elementary school. But I think Levithan did this all purposefully.

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.
Muy breve relato que juega con la idea de una realidad diferente (¿utópica?) en la que los conflictos de género que hoy se viven cotidianamente se han solucionado prácticamente en su totalidad. La historia, entonces, trata de mostrar cómo más allá de las dificultades externas, los sentimientos y las emociones nos hacen difícil la existencia por los propios miedos o expectativas que tenemos. Se queda un poco en la superficie y el final me resultó repentino y abrupto, pero es entretenido y, como siempre, los diálogos son divertidos o emocionantes.
Paul has it pretty easy. The high school sophomore discovered and accepted his homosexuality at an early age, his parents love him the way he is, and he apparently attends one of the most liberal high schools in America. The football team’s star quarterback is a drag queen, who is also elected homecoming queen. Paul has a close circle of friends, which includes his gal-pal Joni and Tony, who in sharp contrast has fundamentalist parents that are trying to pray his gay away.

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.