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Boy Meets Boy by David Levithan
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Aug 11, 11

Read in June, 2011

This is by far the best young adult gay novel you will ever read. Period. I have gone back and read this book four times it is such a feel good read, and honestly, it never once sacrifices its integrity to make it so. The characters are psychologically realistic, and the oozing sexuality that is present in other teen novels isn't here, which is a huge relief. The characters are extremely well developed without Levithan overexposing their personal histories, and he does this quite masterfully by creating a telling narrative that draws you in and captures the essence of the town, the protagonist, Noah, and his group of friends. This is definitely a utopic novel, as you will realize quickly, but while some people feel the need to stick pins in the idea of idealism, frankly, the whole It Gets Better thing started long after this novel was published, and this is far more useful and inspiring. This is the better. This isn't just a promise, this is an opus to a world that we can make exist through love, compassion, and understanding, and never once does he overemphasize that, but it elevates the story from great to truly remarkable. This novel is stellar, a short read, but a true gem, and I would recommend it to absolutely anybody in the world, gay or straight, because the story is propelled not by the need to create gay novels, but by love, and that's pretty damn inspiring.
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