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In this school,the gay kids and the straight kids all get along just fine, the quarterbackis a cross-dresser, and the cheerleaders ride Harleys-- yetthe road to true love is still a strange and winding path, as Paul discovers when he meets the boy of his dreams. ...more
Audio CD, 192 pages
Published April 1st 2005 by Full Cast Audio (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
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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
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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
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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
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Josu
Una novela tierna y entretenida con una pareja protagonista altamente shippeable. Se nota que es su primera novela, y que con el tiempo ha ido mejorando, pues me he encontrado con quizá demasiados personajes y alguna que otra escena con menos ritmo que el resto de la novela. Aun y todo, Boy Meets Boy nos da grandes citas (como siempre nos da Levithan) y consigue mantenerte en vilo con la trama principal. La historia en sí es muy simple, pero no es eso lo que creo yo que se debería de valorar en ...more
Karly *The Vampire Ninja & Luminescent Monster*
Every single time I read this title it makes me think of:



My random musings on Boy Meets Boy by David Levithan.

This is one of those stories that I look at and do the internal yaying about .... and then read and am left wondering why I didn't love it?! Why am I left questioning whether this book is helpful, harmful or offensive..... and why does it prey on my mind so badly?!

This is a Gay Teen Utopia about a boy named Paul who falls in love with a boy named Noah, and all the blathering craziness t
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Tenley
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
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,
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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
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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
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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!
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
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!
Heather K (dentist in my spare time)
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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
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!
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Daphne
Sometimes after reading a book, I find myself wishing I had read this book in my early teens instead of now. This is either because I didn't like it but feel like I would have at age 14 or because it's the type of book I that my teenage self really could have used. This book falls into the latter category.

I think what makes Boy Meets Boy so amazing is that it's a book about being gay without the story being incredibly sad or focused on coming out. It's a funny, happy book with a nice, relatable
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Jamie (The Perpetual Page-Turner)
Really enjoyed the audio of this -- Full Cast Audio is fantastic!
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3.5 stars

"Someday your prince will come," I assure him.
"And the first thing I'm going to say to him is,'What took you so long?'"


This is my first read by D. Levithan and after reading it I can definitely understand why readers enjoy his books. Boy Meets Boy is a sweet, charming, fun, fairy-tale-alike, but inspiring story about positive and negative side effects of growing-up, friendship and falling in love. It is told from 1st pov by the
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Ciara
Short, sweet, quirky and endearing to a fault.

Boy Meets Boy is by far one of the most refreshing books I've read in a while. The informal writing style made me feel as though I was hearing this story first-hand from a friend, which made the book funnier and quirkier. But the protagonist, while extremely witty in his own right, was the main aspect of Boy Meets Boy that caught me off guard. It's very rare for me to find protagonists who don't struggle, or struggle very little, with their identity
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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
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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
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
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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
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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-
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Yuri Aoi
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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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