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Boy Meets Boy by David Levithan
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Jan 06, 2008

it was amazing
bookshelves: you-must-read-this
Recommended for: Everyone - especially those that need it most
Read in April, 2008

This book is a preview of what the world might be like one day. It is a picture of what the world should be like today. Paul lives in his town and goes to his school, where people who are different aren't ridiculed, aren't ostracized, nor are they celebrated. They just are. The best passage of the book is between Paul and Kyle, who is Paul's ex-boyfriend.

" 'We could call you ambisexual. A duosexual. A-'
'Do I really have to find a word for it?' Kyle interrupts. 'Can't it just be what it is?'
'Of course,' I say, even though in the bigger world I'm not so sure. The world loves stupid labels. I wish we got to choose our own."

The world is full of labels. Even the labled make up labels for the other labeled. Why can't we all just be what we are?
It's a great glimpse into the gender/queer theory of critical analysis. Yes, me, Miss Hater of critical analysis, just said that. I wish I had read this book before I wrote that paper on queer theory last semester. It is truly remarkable in its simplicity and its undercurrents of strong emotions.

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