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Boy Culture (Movie Tie-In): A Novel

3.78  ·  Rating Details ·  272 Ratings  ·  28 Reviews

X a wily hustler, has a dilemma. The object of his affections is his roommate Andrew, who is confused about his sexuality. Meanwhile, X's other roommate--a seventeen-year-old precocious partyboy--is falling for X in a big way. The result is an old-fashioned (well, sort of) love triangle peppered with savage one-liners-a touching portrait of love and lust among three very d
Paperback, 192 pages
Published January 23rd 2007 by St. Martin's Griffin (first published 1995)
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Jun 09, 2011 Jeruen rated it did not like it
There are things that I do, and regret later. One such act is reading this book. I figured that after reading such a heavyweight book as 2666, I would read a book that uses less resources. So I figured I venture again in the genre of LGBT literature. For that, I picked up Boy Culture, as it wasn't a mammoth book like the previous one I was reading, and so this would go smoothly.

Well, the story is simple, that's good, but it was also annoying, and that's bad.

The novel tells the story of X, who is
May 05, 2009 J.M. rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: glbt
I was surprised at how much I enjoyed this book. X tells himself he's only in the hustling business because the money is good, but the few repeat customers he's retained over the years each help showcase a different aspect of X's personality, giving three dimensions to a character who might have easily been portrayed as just another gay stereotype. His affection for his roommates is heart-felt, and I really felt his frustration with wanting to go farther with Andrew while fending off the advance ...more
Mirvan  Ereon
I love this book so much! It hurts me so much to finish it. I fell in love with it totally. This is so delightful.

I love books about prostitutes and intense sex, and unrequited love. This book covered all of that so exquisitely and so erotically. I also love the honesty of the main character.

I have the lovely menage-a-trois book cover movie-tie in edition of the book. It seems so dirty in my shelf and I so love it. A definite great read. The movie is also very good. I would love to read this aga
Feb 28, 2011 Rick rated it liked it
Shelves: queer-fiction
Normally I like to read the book before I watch the movie, I think when I first saw this movie I didn't know it was a book. In any case I decided to wait a long time after watching the film before reading the book, I even chose to not re-watch the film in order to give myself as much space between the movie and the book as I could. Now, having finally gotten enough time since reading the book, I decided it was time to read the book.

My first reaction was that the book was nothing like the movie,
Bryan Ball
Jul 08, 2008 Bryan Ball rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: My worst enemy.
Shelves: fiction, lgbtq
Some very good parts that almost save the story as a whole in the end, simply, cannot overcome the annoying and immature characters. What I liked about the novel the destroyed in the film adaptation, and what I hated about the novel they improved upon, making an uneven companion piece.
Elisa Rolle
It's always an hard task to write a good novel from a very good movie, and I think that most of the time you like one of them, the novel or the movie, but not both. So I was hesitant to read "Boy Culture" since I think the movie is one of the most wonderful gay romance movie out there. But the book is even better! Maybe since it's not an adaptation, but it was a novel way before it was made into a movie?

I think that the novel is better since the main hero, "X", has an innocence that was lost in
Oct 23, 2009 Nicola rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, lgbt
Usually I’m happy to disparage any novel that fails to set my heart alight with its storytelling power, but actually, Boy Culture is a pretty apt example of how you can be a decent writer with some intelligent, pithy things to say… and you can still end up writing a crappy novel.

Boy Culture is a light-hearted, gay-themed rom-com with an inoffensively dumb premise: a hustler who’s only ever had sex for money falls in love with a starry-eyed virgin who has aggrandized sex as a loving act to the po
Jordan Lombard
May 01, 2013 Jordan Lombard rated it it was amazing
Series/Standalone: stand alone
Genre/sub-genre: humor/sorta romance
Book Format: print
HEA/HFN: yes
Relatable characters: yes
Abuse/Rape: no
Violence: no
Ratio of sex/plot: even-ish
Well written/editor needed: well written
Would I re-read?: yes
Personal thoughts: This is not a traditional romance, but the main character, X, does fall in love and seems to think he's going to be happy for the rest of his life. I really enjoyed this. I liked how the chapters were little insights to his life, and how each one
Dec 04, 2014 Nico rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
-"Lo que ves es lo que hay" supongo que sería una buena forma de definir el libro, escrito como una serie de confesiones, cuenta la vida de "X" como prostituto (¿Alguien usa en la vida real el término "chapero"?) sus aventuras y desencuentros amorosos, el triángulo amoroso con Joe y Andrew. Obviamente el narrador no se reprime de analizar y criticar su entorno y la "Escena Gay" (¿Así se dice?) de Chicago de los 90'; hacia al final con la historia de Gregory se insinúa cierto intento de hacer "un ...more
Sep 03, 2016 Nan rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: lgbt
What a waste of money and time! If I had known that this was about a movie a watched long time ago (which was better than this book, by the way), I would definitely not bought it. What can I say? Boy culture is a boring, old, outdated (the gay scene has changed a lot from then to now, that the guys and their lives in this book sound prehistorical), predictable, stupid, ridiculous story. The "erotic" descriptions are everything but erotic. His prose is so cheap and still tries so hard to be fun t ...more
Dec 14, 2007 George rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: collection
This was another of those, 'the cover, oh dear god, the cover!' books. However, what it contained inside was remarkably good. Rettenmund is an author after my own heart, citing such wonders as E. M. Forster (comparing his narrative to such - heathen!) and Maggie Smith ('the Maggie Smith of cinemas'). He whipped up some surprisingly genius phrases for the subject matter. His defense of prostitution, however, was a little thick. But, the ending was good, so what can I say. I recently saw the movie ...more
Dara Lebrun
Sep 28, 2014 Dara Lebrun rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
For a woman, there's almost nothing more fun than reading witty gay male fiction. Talk about "fly on the wall." Talk about relief from self-aggrandizing straight guy fetishes. Much more fun to read about men lusting after men. I'd take it any day over Fifty Shades of Puke.

Boy Culture cracked me up and showed me another side of life. Published in the 90s, it has that pre-Bush era levity and grit. Yet the characters were simpatico, and they changed by the story's end.

Would that life could remain s
Aug 20, 2010 Brian rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Would have been better named Hustler Culture. What happens when a hustler falls in love. The narrator is a fussy prostitute; fussy because he is very selective about his “dates”. He also has two room mates. Joe lusts after him. He lusts for Andrew. Andrew is interested in the narrator but doesn’t like the hustling. But selling his body is all that he knows.

Boy has many funny parts, especially the “sexual index” at the back of the book.

Oct 22, 2008 Laura rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
this book has a good point and has really helped me by letting me know that i shouldnt be ashamed of my sexuality and that it is ok to be different plus this book also has the true meaning of love behind it and no matter what sexuality you are their is always someone out their for you if you are just patient and wait fir the rightg person
Feb 27, 2010 Mary rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Scott Magill
Sep 09, 2010 Scott Magill rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The story itself is interesting as it put me in the mind of a gay prostitute. The thing that was different about this book is the appendix at the end. The main character speaks directly to the reader telling us we can use the appendix to skip to the dirty parts if we want.
Daniel Hanna
Thought it was good, liked that it was set in Boys Town in Chicago, but you couldn't quite tell if you were supposed to like/respect/root for X or not. I don't always enjoy a first person novel where the protagonist is unlikeable or unredeemable. Call me shallow.
Dec 02, 2012 Ryan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A nice love story that is at times sexy and disturbingly frank.
Apr 13, 2012 ben rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
this is by far the best book that i have ever read. it shows a good side and a bad side to the homosexual lifestyle. it left me wanting more.
London W Gillean
Aug 31, 2013 London W Gillean rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: lgbt-literature
Very few gay books to me are worth reading. I love this book. I know very few people that cared, but I enjoyed it.
Aug 31, 2010 Chrissey rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
i've read this book at least 10 times and it always makes me laugh. a perfect read when you're feeling sad/depressed.
Jan 13, 2008 Andy rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Not exactly my version of gay life, but still a good read with a happy ending.
Feb 28, 2013 Adam rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Amazing book. I found it funny and thought provoking. It was also sad in places, but in a way that gave catharsis. very enjoyable.
I saw the movie and loved it. I hope I can say the same for the novel... but that it be different. I'm not sure how... but I look forward to reading this.
Just another unbelievable love story.
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