As an only son, Kiran has obligations-to excel in his studies, to honor the deities, to find a nice Indian girl, and, above all, to make his mother and father proud-standard stuff fo...more
The narrator of this book is Kiran, a 12 year old Indian boy, growing up in Ohio who just doesn't seem to fit in anywhere. Boys his age have always caused him to ...more
Before I tear this novel apart, I will share one thing that I found ref ...more
Kiran is a highly artistic, creative, and spiritual child. He is drawn to pink, dressing up, makeup, Strawberry Shortcake, and the finer things in life. He has an amazing sense of self in spite of the ridicule ...more
In the middle I thought things were heavy-handed: I didn't think he needed makeup AND dolls AND ballet AND supplements AND migraines before the godhead thing. I also thought the Country Crock bit was gratuitous and the Penthouse scene contrived.
Despite that though, the book really grew on me. The family and community painted around our protagonist are every bit as integral to the story as he is, particularly the quietly complicit mother. I ...more
"How to explain the universal intrigue of a tit?
There is something ever-calming about the roundness of a tit, its buoyancy, the peacefulness of the concentric circle in its middle, darker. The posturing of a tit can vary so greatly, and yet the allure of it never dissi ...more
This is a good book about finding yourself, acceptance with a bit of Indian culture and spirituality thrown in.
Blue Boy Review by Amira Soltani
In the fictional coming of age novel Blue Boy, author Rakesh Satyal writes about a twelve year old gay Indian American named Kiran Sharma. Kiran is a social outcast not only because of his ethnicity but also because of his “girlish” ways. Kiran's parents want him to be successful, find a nice Indian girl, and to make them proud. The protagonist struggles to find himself among the crowd and turns to the blue Hindu God Krishna, whom he identifie ...more
Some of my own favorites taken totally out of context, but it doesn't represent the style of the entire book.
. “I’ve been creating my own whimsy—or at least my heart has—and that whimsy ...more
The novel fo ...more
However, I would not recommend this book as a good novel to anyone. One of the biggest inconsistencies I noticed is the writer frequently switches between the innocence and nativity of a preteen boy Kiran (the hero of t ...more
Blue Boy is an extremely entertaining, heart ...more
First thoughts: This book has so much description - I could picture everything in each scene, down to the feelings in the air and on people's faces. It took me a bit to get used to the completeness and I had to rerea ...more
Kiran is highly intelligent and as his name implies full of "light". His flamboyance and sensitivity i ...more
Young Kiran isn't exactly what his traditionally-minded Indian parents expect him to be: he likes makeup and pretty clothes, and his best friend is a Strawberry Shortcake doll. As Kiran struggles to find his place in his parents' world, as well m ...more
The story is about an Indian boy, Kiran, who is going through some of the normal pre-teen growing pains that we all remember, such as bullying, friendships and discovering sexuality. But Kiran has another set of hurdles to face as he learns how he is different from the other kids at school when it ...more
Kiran is a sixth grader and he intends for the school talent show to do a tribute to Krishna. He will wear his mother’s blue eye shadow, has learned to play the recorder, will dance and sing and has designed a wild costume made from one of his mother’s saris all to a Whitney Ho ...more
He's caught between his Indian immigrant/Hindu temple community and his central Ohioan middle school community and not able to express his developing queer and artistic identities easily in either of these places. His emerging identity doesn't fit into any of the little boxes the people around him would like, but he's so dear and earnest he's bee ...more