16 April 2013

Review: Boy Meets Boy by David Levithan

Boy Meets Boy by David Levithan

Published: 9 September 2003 by Knopf

Pages: 185 (hardcover)

Genre/s: YA, Romance, GLBT

Source: Own library


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.

My Thoughts

I love David Levithan - he has a fabulous mix of fantasy and characters that are so easy to like, and I've been eagerly awaiting a chance to read his debut YA novel for months now.  And Boy Meets Boy is such a short, sweet story it was a fast, but very memorable read.

The world that David Levithan has created in Boy Meets Boy is a vision of how the world should be - everyone is pretty much accepted for exactly who they are, be they gay, straight, bi-sexual or transgender.  Groups freely mix together and although not every person is as accepting as the next, there is very little ridicule or uncomfortableness, and in fact choices of sexuality are openly discussed.

Paul himself is an interesting character - he has known who he is, both in sexuality and personality from his childhood.  Openly gay, he also encourages his friends to be exactly who they want to be - and in a way this is actually one of his faults, as he doesn't realise to begin with just how lucky he is to know exactly who he himself is.

There's a fabulous bunch of varied characters, from Paul to his love interest Noah, the flamboyant drag-queen Infinite Darlene, his childhood best friend, Joni and his newer friend, Tony, who is forced to hide his homosexuality from his ultra-religious parents.  I loved the interactions of all the characters, they felt real and at times very funny, at other times incredibly moving. 

In between the world and the characters, there is also a very sweet love story between Paul and Noah - David Levithan knows how to make anyone's heart melt, romantic or not.  If someone did the things for me that Paul did for Noah, well....

My only criticisim of this book is that the ending felt a little too rushed, and in fact it felt like everything was resolved in just a handful of pages and I didn't turn the final page feeling fully satisfied.   David Levithan has certainly evolved as a writer, even if he didn't start off half bad to begin with!


  1. I read this quite a while ago now, and I remember it being an incredibly short read (or at least one that I read all in one go!). I really liked the concept and I think my main issue was probably the one you raised here, about the ending being a bit quick - I do remember wanting there to be more, somehow!

  2. I dream about this world! *sigh*

    I plan to read all of Levithan's books, at some point. Every Day proved to me that he is worth reading. :)

  3. i have only read one levithan book before but i really liked it and he is awesome in person. this is on the short list of books i want to read by him. i also want to read every day, which i hear is awesome. thanks for the review!

    fishgirl182 @ nite lite book reviews

  4. Everything I've read so far by Levithan I've loved and I'm eager to see how his first book measures up. You can definitely tell that Levithan is an eternal optimist by the worlds he envisions and the characters he creates. There isn't a single story of his that I've read where I haven't walked away with a smile on my face and a pep in my step, he's just THAT good. A total romantic at heart and I can't wait to read this one. So happy it's got your seal of approval, Kat!

  5. Awesome! I have this one, but, you know, time, blah blah blah. I'm beginning to feel like a broken record. Why haven't I read every book ever yet?

    Anyway, this sounds totally awesome. Drag queens! In YA!

  6. I've only read one Levithan book and I'm kind of in love with his writing so I'll definitely have to try this one out.
    (I just hope it's at the library...though their may be little chance of that considering where I live).

  7. The first book by Levithan that I've read is Will Grayson, Will Grayson. I loved his colaboration with John Green, but I have yet to read a solo of his. I actually have a list made, with this, Every Day and Lover's Dictionary.
    There aren't many GLBT books that aren't erotica, but the ones I have read are awesome. I'm sure I will love Boy Meets Boy ;D
    Thank you for sharing, Kat!



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