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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...more
Paperback, 185 pages
Published May 10th 2005 by Alfred A. Knopf (first published September 9th 2003)
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karen
hm. i don't really know what to make of this one.

see, here's the deal - i know this is a hugely popular gay teen fiction book - it has been around for a while and everyone loves it (LGM) , but in light of recent current events, it just makes me nervous.

this book takes place in a gay utopia, really. a world where there would be no need for the "it gets better project". and on the one hand, i'm sure gay teens would love reading it because it is like an escapist fantasy where everyone is tolerant...more
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I want to live in the world David Levithan has created. It's fun, it's fabulous, it's the literary equivalent of unicorn fart! Sure, I know there probably doesn't exist a place where all the teenagers gather together to dance away Sunday nights in the local bookstore. Where the school's star quarterback is a crossdresser with the improbable name of Infinite Darlene. Where the Boy Scouts quit and reform as the Joy Scouts because the Boy Scouts would...more
Ami
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Tatiana
Any book that makes me cry deserves at least 4 stars. Boy Meets Boy managed to squeeze tears out of me on several occasions. It doesn't mean, however, that this is one of those downer novels where someone dies or suffers horrible decease or misfortunes. Quite the opposite, this book is actually upbeat and lighthearted, and my tears were tears of pride and relief mostly.

The setting of the novel is unusual. In fact, I am dying to borrow from Tony Kushner and call Boy Meets Boy a gay fantasia. A to...more
Calilibrarian
When I first read this book, I fell in love...

in love with the main character and with the writer. David Levithan nailed what I'd been looking for for some time; a type of book that should be written many times over for alot of different kids.



Here is the review I wrote June, 2004

I just read an incredible book. Its called Boy meets Boy by David Levithan. I loved it on so many levels; the main one being its normalcy. Through my book travels, I read alot of teen angst, where the main character is...more
Laura

I have said this several times over, but hell--let me just shout it out once more—I love David Levithan! His descriptions, words, stories, and characters bring a smile to my face and an extra sparkle to my heart. The way Levithan infuses his pages with warmth, love, and hope inspires me to move, create, blast the radio, dance around like a fool, and love with all my heart. But this time out, I did hit a bump or two along the way.

Boy Meets Boy is the story of when Paul meets Noah. Sounds simple,...more
Tenley Nadine
At the beginning I couldn't see the town in the book being real. I liked the town, it seemed awesome, just not realistic. I was very much like Tony in that sense; "The first time I met you, I honestly couldn't believe that someone like you could exist, or even a town like yours could entirely exist." But as I got to the middle, a little after I read that quote, I realized two things. First, Paul is the exception not the rule. He's grown up in this amazing home with a really supportive family and...more
Christina
Sadly this really didn't work for me.

1 star for Tony - loved him!
1 star for the World - (town where everyone co-exists, gays, lesbians, bi's, drag-queen/quarterback and Joy Scouts).

The story is told in first person from Paul's POV. Paul is a gay high school student who's dealing with all the "fun" that high school tends to bring, seeing his ex-boyfriend on a daily basis, enduring all the drama his friends can dredge up in a day, and also falling for the new boy in town. The biggest problem I h...more
Thomas
Boy Meets Boy is about Paul, an openly gay kid in high school. Of course he has his problems and his drama but none of it really involves his sexuality - he's just that comfortable with it. However, his friend Tony does have a problem with it. Or more like his parents do, because Tony's parents are like the bible worshiper type. Then there's Kyle, Paul's ex-boyfriend who can't seem to decide what he wants. Joni is Paul's best friend who might not be his best friend for much longer. Infinite Darl...more
Briynne
Another enforced read, courtesy of YA Lit. I think this book was maybe a 2.5 on the scale, but I chose to round down since there were a few things that really bugged me about it. On the positive, there are parts of the book that manage to really resonate. When the book stops trying to be cool, it's not bad at all. I liked the character of Noah, who seemed nicely human in spite of the role he had as the perfect guy. At times I also enjoyed Paul, the main character; he was honest, he screwed up an...more
Mike
Parts of this book were brilliant (and what I hoped for more of) and other parts were exactly what I hate about young adult literature. Here are two sample passages that will demonstrate exactly what I mean.

Cringe-worthy:
"The gymnasium doors open and the cheerleaders come riding in on their Harleys. The crowd goes wild...A few years ago, it was decided that having a posse of motorcycles gun around the fields and courts was a much bigger cheer-inducer than any pom-pom routine could ever hope to b...more
Walter
A near-perfect fantasy novel. No dragons or wizards, but a six-foot-four drag queen high school quarterback named Infinite Darlene; no quests or curses, but a remarkable town where they got over the tension between gays and straights a while back.

Yes, it couldn't happen here yet, but as long as writers like Levithan keep creating wonderful "what if" novels for gay teens, there's hope!
karly
It's one of the BEST love stories ever written. I think everyone should read it! Straight, Gay, Lesbian or Bi, I'm sure you'll feel all the goosebumps I felt while reading throughout the book. Three cheers for David Levithan!
Leanne
Irrepressible. Fun. Whimsical. Wise. Poetic.
This book blew me away and I'm not a gay teen. How is that possible? Perhaps because it's told with such simple elegance and sensitivity. Perhaps because it gave me a sense that this world in which the football star is also a flaming transvestite, might one day actually be a reality. And perhaps because those bitter-sweet memories of high school and finding acceptance, and love, still resonate many years later.

I started listening to a (most excellent!...more
Jeremy
This book was recently recommended to me. I loved it! I loved its innocence. I loved its fairy tale like quality. But, most of all, I loved the romance. Finally a gay love story that focuses more on the romance than the sex. Also, the novel was filled with a cast of quirky characters that you just can't help but fall in love with. I felt I most identified with Tony, who's parents have a hard time with his homosexuality due to their religious beliefs. I was very nervous he was going to commit sui...more
Lauren
This book takes place in a sort of gay-utopia. Everyone is gay or bisexual or at least bicurious. The school's star quarterback/prom queen is a drag queen. The only intolerant folks are cartoonishly evil in their religiousness, but they are an anomaly in a town where it is apparently appropriate for a kindergarten teacher to write "Paul is definitely gay" on a student's report card (????). Not only is it a gay-utopia, but it is an everything else-utopia as well: the school janitors are rich but...more
Joanna
This is a story so whimsical that you half-expect the book to turn into cotton candy and start dissolving in your mouth. It's quite pleasant to spend a hundred odd pages in the utopian world of a town where the Boy Scouts are Joy Scouts and a cross dressing quarterback named Infinite Darlene can be elected Homecoming Queen. It's fun to spend a few hours reading about a high school that is more escapist fantasy than educational institution, where the pep rallies celebrate the math team and people...more
AnnaLund
Apart from the fact that I truly enjoyed the scenario of a town of people who mostly seem cool about teenagers, life and sexuality—also when this sexuality is being gay—it was with great appreciation that I read this book. I read it with a smile on my face all the way through. This does NOT happen very often in stories where the main character is a gay teen, and it is most certainly something I would wish to see more often. The power of Positive.
Yes, gay teens do usually NOT have this kind of l...more
Kaje Harper
This book is typical Levithan. The romance is wonderful, sweet, tentative, with ups and downs. The characters are teens who seem believable and are young men you would love to meet and get to know.

There is an optimism here, about acceptance and equality, that pervades many of Levithan's books (Like Wide Awake) - the sense of how things would be if we were just a few decades further down the road to acceptance.) Not a total absence of homophobia (for example Tony's parents.) But even they make s...more
Lightreads
I guess if I were the sort of person who bought books for young teens I cared about, I'd get them this one. But I don't buy books for teens because I generally don't care about them. (The teens, I mean. I care about books plenty.) And that, I think, is the problem.

It's a slight, cute LGBT high school romance, set in an island of utopian well-adjustment. The quarterback is also the homecoming queen, the narrator came out to his parents at the age of five, and their only reaction was to think it w...more
Becky
There's something about stories like this that just make me cry from sheer pride and happiness. I love when people are who they are, and when they're willing to fight to be happy and not live in someone else's world, but make their own if that's what it takes. It's the opposite of the gut-wrenching, soul-crushing, hollow-me-out-and-leave-me-weeping stories that I love. These fill me up with such pride I just want to SQUEE! all over the place, but end up always with something in my eye instead, m...more
Alexis Hall
This book is ridiculously important to me. I friend of mine gave from university gave it to me, back when we were both messed up 18 year olds with no clue who we were, what we wanted or how to get it. "You have to read this!" he said. And I know it's about teenagers, really, not young men who were supposed to be adults. But it was the first time, really, we'd ever read something that was just about two boys falling in love, where it wasn't angsty, hostile or doomed to death and failure.

So I'm in...more
Evan
Sep 30, 2007 Evan rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: anyone who likes YA fiction
I loved this book. At some time while reading this book I turned to the front to see if it was something I checked out of the library or something that was mine and then I remembered a very good friend had given me the book the Christmas before last. I was really grateful for that because it's a book that I must own. It is the story of Paul and his friends. Paul meets a boy named Noah and falls in love. He's also dealing with his ex-boyfriend, his other gay friend Tony who has super religious pa...more
Mark Oshiro
Many thanks to my friend Mary L. for dogging on me to read more Levithan. She got me to read Dash and Lily's Book of Dares, which I liked, but I wish I'd started with this one.

This is explicitly (not explicit) gay YA, with a trans character (I think? The author switches between this distinction and "drag queen" towards the end, but I thought Infinite Darlene was a trans girl, so I'm sticking with that), people of color, set in a high school, and written in a deceptively simple style that is GUT-...more
Yuri Aoi
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Ery
I must be a 16-year-old boy, because this book really resonates with me. The book itself is set in a gay Pleasantville, where high school quarterbacks can be drag queens without repercussion, high school students can openly express their preference for either same-sex or opposite sex relationships, and individuals differences are widely accepted. Yes, it's a dream world, but it's one to aspire to.

That aside, boy meets boy is a standard young adult novel, in which the main characters discover the...more
Shannon
Jul 14, 2008 Shannon rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: teens
Shelves: ya-books, queer
It was cute. I'm not sure if I like the constant cheery-ness of it, though. It's fairly unrealistic, how nice everyone is. I mean, there are issues, but they are pretty mild, and the main kid is SO nice.. teenage boys are never that nice. So.. it wasn't exactly believable, but it was sweet and kind of funny, even though it took place in a fantasy-land. (Though, it should be noted, I certainly wish we did live in a time when non-straightness was so accepted and viewed as normal. Maybe this book t...more
Jackie "the Librarian"
Oct 01, 2008 Jackie "the Librarian" rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: ages 13 and up
Shelves: glbt, youngadult, humor
Set in a world where all sexualities are accepted, and the captain of the football team is a transsexual named Infinite Darlene, this is the sweet story of a boy named Paul finding love with another boy, with all the giddiness and excitement that comes with a new relationship when you're a teenager.
It's kind of like chic-lit, bubbly and fun, with no worries about coming out, no angst other than whether the object of affection returns it. It made me wistful that the world isn't more like this fo...more
Camila, the opinionated Catruler
I could tell you how entertaining this book is, or how mind-blowing it is that this idealistic town can feel so real, so right. I could talk all day about David Levithan being the perfect mix of Pretentious Contemporary, Romantic Contemporary and Realistic Contemporary, and about his simply perfect writing. I could scream that he just gets it, he gets how it gets better, but also how it can not be so bad to begin with. There are so many reasons why you should read this book, so many reasons why...more
Kassa
The tagline on this book is “A dippy happy gay teen book.” This definitely describes the gay utopia atmosphere and the purposefully happy focus of the book and its message. Boy Meets Boy is a fantasy story set in a contemporary time. If you can indulge in the crazy city with its over the top antics, the story doesn’t fail to entertain and delight. The characters and details are whimsical and fantastical from the day trading janitors to the transvestite drag queens to the gay proud city. Yet the...more
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David Levithan (born 1972) is an American children's book editor and award-winning author. He published his first YA book, Boy Meets Boy, in 2003. Levithan is also the founding editor of PUSH, a Young Adult imprint of Scholastic Press.

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