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Boy Girl Boy

3.07  ·  Rating Details ·  382 Ratings  ·  51 Reviews
Larry, Teresa, and Elliot are so tight, there's no room in their circle for any more than three: boy, girl, boy. That's just how it is. And when they graduate in a few months, they're moving to California to begin their real lives--together.

Or that's the plan, anyway. But who are they fooling? Larry is gay and still trying to coming to terms with his sexuality. Teresa is t
Hardcover, 176 pages
Published September 1st 2005 by HMH Books for Young Readers
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John Egbert
I think it's pretty fucking ridiculous to give a swearing warning at this point, because I swear in almost every review I write, but okay, I'll give it anyway. I will be swearing, alright?

Okay. So.

I did two things today.

First, I went to the library. Let's start there.

I was actually running my fingers up and down the spine of a David Levithan book, contemplating whether or not to get it. You see, there was the risk of my parents checking to see which books I would check out or not. And seriously
This book is very short, but it is by no means a light read. It deals with some very heavy issues right from the beginning.

Elliot is a confused guy. He wants to get away from his town as soon as possible, but his parents have something more for him. They want him to go to the University and major in Engineering, Elliot definitely doesn’t think he is smart enough for that, and he doesn’t want to tell them that he is moving to California. And his parents especially wont be thrilled to hear that wh
You know, when I checked out this book from the library, the librarian asked me who had recommended in to me. She said a lot of people had been talking about it lately. Truth be told, I had just grabbed it, more or less at random, on my way to class, mainly because it had a cool-looking cover. But hey, if people were talking about it, that was a good thing, right? At the very least, it meant the book had to be worth talking about.

Now that I've read it, I'm wondering if my librarian wasn't confu
Jul 17, 2016 Just_Bel rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Though I loved the book, I didn't like the ending. I felt that the book just ended too fast. I wanted another three chapters at least just to sum things up instead of one person doing that.
One of the first books I read about teenagers social problems. I enjoyed it. Good teen read..
Educating Drew
At first I was a bit put off by this book. Boy Girl Boy is told through three different characters, and I make no qualms in saying that I am not a big fan of this format at all. I think that it is very difficult to pull off. Rarely does an author capable of creating three distinct voices. Koertge is not an exception here.

Elliot, Teresa, and Larry are three very different teens who have all been friends with one and another since they were kids. Elliot is the gorgeous jock, Teresa is the brainy c
Boy girl boy is definitely a teenage book. Its about three best friends that are in high school living in between a bunch of drama and problems. Problems like how teresa's mom abandoned her and her dad, Larry is insecurely gay, and eliot feels as though he is in the shadow of them. All of this makes them be closer and unite. Their life plan is to move to California after high school all together and live their dreams together over there. They already planned what car they're going to have, what ...more
Sierra Climaco
Ron Koertge seems like that writer who has an opinion on everything and has a witty way of proposing them if ever asked to state said opinion. And that's how it sort of felt when reading Boy Girl Boy, as if each character was a subtle form of projecting what Koertge was trying to say.

Frankly, I just picked this book at random at my library. It looked like an interesting read since I am always a sucker for a good young adult friendship/possibility-of-a-romance novel. However, this wouldn't even
Jan 10, 2013 Satan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: finish
boy girl boy its a book about three really close friends, they all have diferent problems but theyr friendship is stronger, theyr main dream is to go to california and build theyr real life togheter teresa its really athelic she loves to run, she look pretty happy but the idea of her mom living her it really hurts her, she trys to find someone that can love her becuase her mom is gone, thats why she kisses and look for love in her best friends, larry look really happy whit his life, and hes a sm ...more
Jennifer Wardrip
Reviewed by Sally Kruger, aka "Readingjunky" for

Graduation offers the promise of the future, but that same future offers the promise of uncertainty and fear. Three friends are about to graduate. They have plans. There are the plans made with the support and dreams of their families. There is the secret plan known only to the three of them, of an escape to California. And then, there are the separate plans, sometimes made privately, even subconsciously.

Boy - Larry is smart, but

This book was about three friends and the point of view of the narrative switched between the three of them quite rapidly. This did not work as the only character development the author was capable of was the character that was speaking. Hence, the reader gets to know each of the the three main characters in choppy bits leaving the secondary characters as flat and static. This was my first experience with this author, who writes young adult literature. I am now curious if it is always his styl
Candido P
Jan 18, 2015 Candido P rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reviews
I just finished reading Boy Girl Boy , it was a really quick read--seriously this book was really short, I think it would be considered a novella, not sure. So after reading it, it wasn't what I expected.

The book is told through three perspective, Teresa, Elliot, and Larry. The three of them have been friends since they were kids. Teresa has developed feelings for Elliot, which he isn't aware of and is infatuated with some other girl and himself. Then there's Larry who has come to terms with his
Cathleen Ash
Elliot, Teresa and Larry have been BFFs…and swear to remain so after they graduate in a few months. The plan is: graduate, leave for California immediately, rent a cool spot and only let new friends into the group if all three agree, unanimously. Otherwise, asta la vista, baby, to the new, wanna-be-friend.
It sounds good, and ANYONE in school will tell you that graduation day your senior year is something you look forward to for a long, long, time, but sometimes, the way you look forward to it c
May 21, 2009 Celestasaurus rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: young-adult
I was often confused in Boy Girl Boy. I didn't know what the characters were referring to, or else I wouldn't know until much later. The story progressed much too fast, and I feel that the characters never had time to fully develop. I learned minimal characteristics about them all, enough to know that at the end they changed. So they weren't truthfully flat characters, but I felt like they were flat. Know what I mean? Nearly the opposite of Twilight--where you feel like the characters aren't fla ...more
Rachel Smith
This book just did not do it for me. I thought it had some potential at the beginning, but the further I got along the worse it got. So much of the book was just choppy and certain things and situations were just sort of thrown out there and then done nothing with. The characters were kinda interesting, but that whole drug and sex thing just seemed unnecessary and was just sort of there to make things even more awkward. I think the worse thing about this book, though, was the ending. I...don't e ...more
Mar 13, 2012 Kaalomai rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
koertge has this way of going off on abstract tangents and losing me from time to time in some of his books. this one does it frequently but briefly and i am quickly able to catch back up with the story once the riffing has ended. that doesnt effect my evaluation though because he did it alot in margaux too and i loved that book. this ones not grabbing in the same way (im not quite done yet). ive noticed that books that flip from viewpoint to viewpoint often fall short of engrossing me in the st ...more
Jennifer Lavoie
Yet another book I'd heard about often but never picked up to read. Borrowed this one with five others from the library just yesterday. Two down already!

I enjoyed the book being told through three different perspectives. Each one was unique and all of the characters had their own issues they were working through. I loved all of their complex relationships with each other and the feelings. And it's amazing how one tragic event could change their world and plans so much. They seemed so set on goi
Dec 21, 2011 Nicole rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: do no harm readers
Shelves: ya, lgbt-etc
Because I love Ron Koertge and because this book features a well-rounded gay teen character, I will keep it on my shelf. That said, I don't feel like I can honestly recommend it to anyone.

The writing felt choppy, though it was often quick-witted. The characters were separate, clear, and self-contained...but I just didn't care very much about them. The traumatic incident at the end served as a plot point to wrap up the novel, not uncover gay bashing in a small town. Nothing sensational (read: edg
Aug 20, 2008 Julia rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: teens, teens who read, teens who don't read, adults
Shelves: ya
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Ms. K-M
Three (almost unhealthfully) inseparable friends are planning to pick up and leave for California the day after graduation. It becomes increasingly clear that this plan may have been made at a time when they had more in common, and the strains of getting older and having different priorities begin to show. Each section/chapter is subdivided into three, with each of the characters—Elliot, Teresa, and Larry—giving their perspective, creating a well-rounded and personal view. Then something happens ...more
Ani Ghazaryan
Mar 10, 2014 Ani Ghazaryan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I choose this book because it was recommended by my yearbook teacher. The plot of the story is that Elliot, Teresa, and Larry are best friends and they have planned that one they graduate they will move to California. My favorite quote is "Let's practice being happy so we know how to act when we get to California" because it shows that in their minds California is a great place but it reality is just a state with a lot of warmth and sun.The authors writing style is amazing because she writes in ...more
Aug 01, 2008 Amy rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: young-adult, glbtq, 2008
One good thing...this was a fast read.

It tells a story from 3 points of view, once each chapter. It seems these kids are looking forward to HS graduation so they can run away to California. It seemed like, at first, that the run away would be the main focus...yet it never happened.

One of the boys got the crap beaten out of him and almost died, and it took me a couple chapters to realize something bad had even happened because I wasn't focussing.

In an an author's note at the end
Feb 14, 2015 Kifflie rated it it was ok
Shelves: young-adult
Larry, Teresa, and Elliot are three friends in a small town. After graduation, they plan on packing everything up and moving to California. That is, until reality sets in.

This book is told from all three points of view. I'm not sure it works very well. I had a hard time distinguishing the voices from one other, or even caring that much about any of these kids. This seemed very superficial compared to a lot of teen fiction I've read over the past few years. And the secondary characters were under
Jul 20, 2009 Lacy rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another book chosen for my class, this turned out to be golden. Its a story of 3 extremely tight friends that starts out when they're 13 and ends upon their high school graduation. It takes the reader inside their private circle of intelligence, sarcastic humor, fears, hopes, and family-like bonds. One of the friends comes out as gay early in the story and I liked how the author stayed away from the sterotypical characterization and instead used it as an opportunity to discuss different types of ...more
A true coming-of-age story. At the end of high-school, three friends are torn between the comfort of their shared childhood in small-town America and their dreams for the future. There is an awkward time at that age when who we have been in the past is no longer sufficient to tell us who we will be in the future. We have to stop defining ourselves by the people who love us and find another, less comfortable, means of self-identification. This book explores that experience and the courage it requ ...more
Aug 09, 2016 Minerva rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: lgbtq
Yes, another mindless, easy read. I wasn’t overly excited about reading this, mostly because it jumped around from one point-of-view to another, and I’m not overly fond of that.

I feel like this book needed more closure. I kind of wanted to know what happened to the characters after the events we were told about. Instead, we’re given a scene in which the former friends seem to be somewhat uncomfortable around each other, and just kind of go their separate ways.

Basically this book was about what I
Parish Monique
Oct 06, 2010 Parish Monique rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed this book. It captured my attention in just the first couple of sentences, and also relates to all types of teens; homosexuals, heterosexual, jocks, fems, and yes, even girls caught between guys. I reccomend this book to teen who love an alternate ending and a book that keeps them guessing. However, if an author straying away from the main topic fustrates you, you might find this book vexing you to much.
Nov 16, 2012 Malika rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: good-humored, 2012
I picked up this book because the cover looked cool,the title was alluring and I felt the description was intersting enough to read the entire book. There was some times where I got confused with who was speaking (the chapters alternate from different POVs). Anyway, I love the combination of these three friends who intend fleeting their hometown to California, the day they graduate. The ending, for me, was more captivating then the beginning.
Apr 07, 2014 Chris rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I always feel better when I come on here, and see that a book I really disliked was also disliked by lots of other people. Then I know it's not just me. And I was not alone in my opinion of this book. I can't put my finger exactly on why I disliked it so much, but I didn't like the style of the book, the tone of it, I didn't care for any of the characters, except maybe for Larry. I found their dialogue unrealistic. But at least it was a quick read.
Apr 24, 2008 Steve rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The only complaint I have is that the gay bashing is too predictable from the first time Larry is warned to beware of Billy and Drew. It's pretty clear that it's going to happen from the beginning. Otherwise I really liked this book. I enjoyed having the story told from the point of view of three different characters; very Faulkner-esque. I just wish the story were longer.
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Ask Ron Koertge what he brings to the realm of young adult fiction, and the seasoned author responds matter-of-factly. "I write dialogue well, and I'm funny," he says--an assessment few would argue with. "I like iconoclasm and practice it in my fiction. I don't like pretense or hypocrisy. I'm almost always irreverent."

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