Dec 062010
Title: Boy Meets Boy
Author: David Levithan
Publisher: Knopf Books for Young Readers
Publication Date: May 10, 2005
Pages: 285
From Goodreads:
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.

Hhmmm…so I have been reading a lot of really awesome books lately. I figured I was on a hot streak and the good books would just keep coming. Unfortunately, Boy Meets Boy did not live up to my expectations. Now don’t get me wrong – I definitely enjoyed certain aspects of the book, but I just couldn’t get into it as much as others.
To start off, the setting was really hard for me to grasp. A high school where the star quarterback is also the homecoming queen? Cheerleaders that ride Harleys and jump ramps in the gymnasium? While it would be amazing if a high school like this actually existed, I found it hard to actually believe it.
I also had a really rough time figuring out where the location of the book was. Are they in New York, New Jersey, or the UK? The characters would throw around these random words and phrases used more commonly overseas but then they would mention a landmark in the US. I was totally confused – does anyone know the actual location??
As unbelievable as the star quarterback/homecoming queen was, I totally loved Infinite Darlene. I wish she had played a bigger role in the book because she was fantastic. She reminded me so much of Tiny Cooper in Will Grayson, Will Grayson (and who doesn’t love some Tiny Cooper?!) and I found myself laughing out loud whenever she spoke.
While this wasn’t my favorite book, I am glad I read it and I plan to read more of David Levithan’s books in the future. I do enjoy his writing style and his characterization, even if I can’t completely believe the storyline.


  8 Responses to “Boy Meets Boy by David Levithan”

  1. Aw, sorry to hear it didn’t live up to your expectations. This is definitely one of my favorites of his. It’s so short and sweet.

  2. Awesome honest review, Tara :)

    I’ve heard of this one, but it doesn’t sound quite as good as Will Grayson, Will Grayson to me either…I loveddddd Tiny!

  3. I’ve been wanting to check out more books by this author. I appreciate an honest review. So I should probably check on some others of his first, huh?

  4. A fair review! I’ve been putting off reading this book for quite awhile, though I have enjoyed the few co-written books of his that I’ve read. I’m glad you’re open to reading more of his work!

  5. I loved this as a fun utopia, unfortunately not so realistic these days :( YET anyway!

  6. I have to agree. I just couldn’t buy the setting — maybe because I work in a high school, and it was too big of a stretch. I couldn’t finish it. I’m glad the book is out there. There are some people who really like it — it’s not that it’s bad writing, just not my thing. Thanks for the review!

  7. The setting was why I loved this book so much! It’s a make-believe utopia – a place David wishes would really exist.

    That said, there are plenty of books other people love that I just don’t get. We all have our differences. Thanks for an honest review!

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