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Boy Girl Boy

3.04 of 5 stars 3.04  ·  rating details  ·  305 ratings  ·  46 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...more
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...more
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...more
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...more
Ani Ghazaryan
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
Zero vi Britannia
It's less than 200 pages and I skimmed through half of them.

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...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...more
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
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...more
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...more
Christina (Reading Thru The Night)
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...more
Bess and Morgan The Bookends
I have mixed feelings about this book. On the one hand, it seems to capture the grand dreams mixed with uncertainty that happens at ever major turning point in one’s life, particularly high school graduation. On the other, I don’t particularly like at least one of the characters I think I am supposed to sympathize with, which I think is an important aspect of literature.
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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.
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
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...more
Aug 20, 2008 Julia rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: teens, teens who read, teens who don't read, adults
Shelves: ya
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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...more
This book went kinda fast for me, like, it's supposedly considered Homosexuality or something but they don't really talk about Larry being gay if you know what I mean. But it was good!
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
Dec 21, 2011 Nicole rated it 2 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: do no harm readers
Shelves: lgbt-etc, ya
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...more
The character Teresa made me want to punch her in the face. She was so whiny and annoying. ugh. I wouldn't suggest this book. It was stupid.
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...more
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
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.
Parish Monique
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.
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.
So... I kind of picked this book up just by looking at the cover
Thinking "Oh this looks pretty cool."
Didn't read the back or read about it first (as I ALWAYS do)
Yeah, "don't judge a book by it's cover."
It was not what I expected...
It was just too boring for me.
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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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