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Boy Meets Boy

3.82  ·  Rating details ·  68,111 ratings  ·  4,065 reviews
This is the story of Paul, a sophomore at a high school like no other: The cheerleaders ride Harleys, the homecoming queen used to be a guy named Daryl (she now prefers Infinite Darlene and is also the star quarterback), and the gay-straight alliance was formed to help the straight kids learn how to dance.

When Paul meets Noah, he thinks he’s found the one his heart is mad
Paperback, 223 pages
Published August 1st 2013 by HarperCollins Publishers (first published September 9th 2003)
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hm. i don't really know what to make of this one.

see, here's the deal - i know this is a hugely popular gay teen fiction book - it has been around for a while and everyone loves it (LGM) , but in light of recent current events, it just makes me nervous.

this book takes place in a gay utopia, really. a world where there would be no need for the "it gets better project". and on the one hand, i'm sure gay teens would love reading it because it is like an escapist fantasy where everyone is tolerant
Miranda Reads
Oct 21, 2019 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audiobook

Oh my gosh. I just reread the description. This was supposed to be a romantic comedy? A ROMANTIC COMEDY? Since when? Where was the funny?


Oh my gawd. I hated it. Every. Minute.
Because sometimes you just have to dance like a madman in the Self-Help section of your local bookstore.
Ahh yes. That feeling. I know it well.

Anyway, this book was so incredibly awful that I listened to the entire audiobook in a single day.

AKA it was literally SO bad that I could not put it dow
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I want to live in the world David Levithan has created. It's fun, it's fabulous, it's the literary equivalent of unicorn fart! Sure, I know there probably doesn't exist a place where all the teenagers gather together to dance away Sunday nights in the local bookstore. Where the school's star quarterback is a crossdresser with the improbable name of Infinite Darlene. Where the Boy Scouts quit and reform as the Joy Scouts because the Boy Scouts would
Apr 12, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Despite its pretenses & it's overall theme of goodness, friendship, this story is kinda, sorta, uh pedestrian*. A love triangle not in the least bit bizarre, our character is a prancing, megaconfident & hyperpositive social Pollyanna. These kids seemingly live in a perpetual children's museum--their hometown caters to them all, & to SUCH a staggering degree as to make you go "ick."

"On the seventh day I gave him me." Yeah, Paul. You and your buddies have a god complex. The atmosphere is too sweet
Whitney Atkinson
The more I read David Levithan, the less impressed I become. Or maybe it's just that i'm beginning to read his older works, and they're just not that great.

This was what i'm now starting to label a "typical" Levithan book. Unimpressive, bland plot, okay characters, average writing. I nearly didn't finish this because I thought maybe it wouldn't be worth it, and I can honestly admit that I wouldn't have missed anything had I decided to DNF it. It's not the worst story in the world, and I did lik
Em Lost In Books
Cute love story about love, friendship, coming out, and heart break.
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Aug 05, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2010, ya
Any book that makes me cry deserves at least 4 stars. Boy Meets Boy managed to squeeze tears out of me on several occasions. It doesn't mean, however, that this is one of those downer novels where someone dies or suffers horrible decease or misfortunes. Quite the opposite, this book is actually upbeat and lighthearted, and my tears were tears of pride and relief mostly.

The setting of the novel is unusual. In fact, I am dying to borrow from Tony Kushner and call Boy Meets Boy a gay fantasia. A to
May 28, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2019
Painfully mediocre.
Tenley Nadine
Jan 14, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
At the beginning I couldn't see the town in the book being real. I liked the town, it seemed awesome, just not realistic. I was very much like Tony in that sense; "The first time I met you, I honestly couldn't believe that someone like you could exist, or even a town like yours could entirely exist." But as I got to the middle, a little after I read that quote, I realized two things. First, Paul is the exception not the rule. He's grown up in this amazing home with a really supportive family and ...more
Nov 30, 2007 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
When I first read this book, I fell in love...

in love with the main character and with the writer. David Levithan nailed what I'd been looking for for some time; a type of book that should be written many times over for alot of different kids.

Here is the review I wrote June, 2004

I just read an incredible book. Its called Boy meets Boy by David Levithan. I loved it on so many levels; the main one being its normalcy. Through my book travels, I read alot of teen angst, where the main character is
Mar 07, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: lgbt, read-in-english
2.5 stars.

"If there's no feeling of fear, then there's no need for courage."

This is the first time that I read a David Levithan book and well, this is disappointing.
I didn't really have expectations from the book but still hoped to liked it. You know, there's always those short contemporaries that makes you feel butterflies and it's like you're in love again for the first time. This wasn't that kind of book.

In this book I wanted to kill everyone. I hated everybody! Ok, maybe not EVERYBODY, but
I love the innocence, purity and simplicity of the characters. I love that it isn't overly dramatic while it does have teen angst and drama in it. I enjoyed the range of characters and that the love triangle didn't really exist. Paul and Kyle were an old thing and I simply didn't feel much pull there. That was simply to complicate the plot. Paul and Noah are the new item. Noah moved to town and they are both openly gay. They both have a good life.

I love the character of Tony. He is gay and live
Apr 11, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: lgbt-read, 2-star
Cheating is not ok, folks. It's wrong in every shape and form. ...more
Karlyflower *The Vampire Ninja, Luminescent Monster & Wendigo Nerd Goddess of Canada (according to The Hulk)*
Every single time I read this title it makes me think of:

My random musings on Boy Meets Boy by David Levithan.

This is one of those stories that I look at and do the internal yaying about .... and then read and am left wondering why I didn't love it?! Why am I left questioning whether this book is helpful, harmful or offensive..... and why does it prey on my mind so badly?!

This is a Gay Teen Utopia about a boy named Paul who falls in love with a boy named Noah, and all the blathering craziness t
Feb 25, 2012 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This book takes place in a sort of gay-utopia. Everyone is gay or bisexual or at least bicurious. The school's star quarterback/prom queen is a drag queen. The only intolerant folks are cartoonishly evil in their religiousness, but they are an anomaly in a town where it is apparently appropriate for a kindergarten teacher to write "Paul is definitely gay" on a student's report card (????). Not only is it a gay-utopia, but it is an everything else-utopia as well: the school janitors are rich but ...more
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This is a lovely little confection of a book about friendship and high school loves. It does have a little angst but the main character Paul is such an effervescent fellow that it goes down easy instead of dragging the book down.

When it starts, I have to admit I found it all a little strange. Like alternate universe level of strange. There were kids meeting up, playing instruments, sing
Boy Meets Boy is about Paul, an openly gay kid in high school. Of course he has his problems and his drama but none of it really involves his sexuality - he's just that comfortable with it. However, his friend Tony does have a problem with it. Or more like his parents do, because Tony's parents are like the bible worshiper type. Then there's Kyle, Paul's ex-boyfriend who can't seem to decide what he wants. Joni is Paul's best friend who might not be his best friend for much longer. Infinite Darl ...more
Jan 04, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition

I have said this several times over, but hell--let me just shout it out once more—I love David Levithan! His descriptions, words, stories, and characters bring a smile to my face and an extra sparkle to my heart. The way Levithan infuses his pages with warmth, love, and hope inspires me to move, create, blast the radio, dance around like a fool, and love with all my heart. But this time out, I did hit a bump or two along the way.

Boy Meets Boy is the story of when Paul meets Noah. Sounds simple,
Sometimes after reading a book, I find myself wishing I had read this book in my early teens instead of now. This is either because I didn't like it but feel like I would have at age 14 or because it's the type of book I that my teenage self really could have used. This book falls into the latter category.

I think what makes Boy Meets Boy so amazing is that it's a book about being gay without the story being incredibly sad or focused on coming out. It's a funny, happy book with a nice, relatable
- ̗̀meg ̖́-
I adored this book so much. I read it in one sitting and I didn't stop reading until 2am this morning! It was an easy-going read with a not-so-brilliant plot but amazing characters. I forgot just how much I loved Levithan's writing. ...more
✨    jamieson   ✨
dnf @ 20% for now

I might go back and finish this but I really am not liking the audiobook so I can't finish it via that method right now. I like the concept of this book but I'm not sure about it right now, but its short so I might save it for a readathon or something and read it in physical format
Sep 12, 2007 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Another enforced read, courtesy of YA Lit. I think this book was maybe a 2.5 on the scale, but I chose to round down since there were a few things that really bugged me about it. On the positive, there are parts of the book that manage to really resonate. When the book stops trying to be cool, it's not bad at all. I liked the character of Noah, who seemed nicely human in spite of the role he had as the perfect guy. At times I also enjoyed Paul, the main character; he was honest, he screwed up an ...more
Alexis Hall
This book is ridiculously important to me. I friend of mine gave from university gave it to me, back when we were both messed up 18 year olds with no clue who we were, what we wanted or how to get it. "You have to read this!" he said. And I know it's about teenagers, really, not young men who were supposed to be adults. But it was the first time, really, we'd ever read something that was just about two boys falling in love, where it wasn't angsty, hostile or doomed to death and failure.

So I'm in
Sadly this really didn't work for me.

1 star for Tony - loved him!
1 star for the World - (town where everyone co-exists, gays, lesbians, bi's, drag-queen/quarterback and Joy Scouts).

The story is told in first person from Paul's POV. Paul is a gay high school student who's dealing with all the "fun" that high school tends to bring, seeing his ex-boyfriend on a daily basis, enduring all the drama his friends can dredge up in a day, and also falling for the new boy in town. The biggest problem I h
The Bursting Bookshelf of a Wallflower
2. 5 stars rounded tp to 3!

The mixed reviews this young adult story has on Goodreads, made me hesitate to pick it up for quite a long while. Due to a challenge, I finally gave it a try and I can't do more than write another one of these mixed reviews.

Paul is gay and out in school and in his family. His family is very supportive and the world this story is set in seems to be to good to be true. The LGBT community is perfectly integreated into the school society - fights between students don't ha
Elle (ellexamines)
This book is a bit of a period piece. It's a fantasy world for lgbt kids — escapism with a good message. In 2005, I can see this book having been a lighthouse for scared lgbt kids. Unfortunately, it really hasn't held up with the times.

Over time, I've become less convinced of this world's relevancy, I suppose. When I reread this one in 2016, I felt like it was almost too much. And I don't mean “too much gay;” it's depressing how this utopia isn't even close to a reality. It's depressing that ha
Oct 04, 2016 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Sana by: Mathil Pooracho
DNF at page 125.

I tried. I tried so much to finish this book, but I just could not turn another page.

I'm not saying it's a bad book, it's really good, but it's just not for me. I can't bring myself to feel anything for these characters or the story, no matter how much I forced myself to read.
Mar 25, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Parts of this book were brilliant (and what I hoped for more of) and other parts were exactly what I hate about young adult literature. Here are two sample passages that will demonstrate exactly what I mean.

"The gymnasium doors open and the cheerleaders come riding in on their Harleys. The crowd goes wild...A few years ago, it was decided that having a posse of motorcycles gun around the fields and courts was a much bigger cheer-inducer than any pom-pom routine could ever hope to b
Matthew Stefan
Jun 18, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Overall a really cute book, if not a little predictable. It was a sweet little read and it made me smile. I'd definitely recommend this one if you are needing a light and bubbly little romance. Despite having instalove and a love triangle, overall this was an enjoyable read. Noah and Paul are so cute together! ...more
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David Levithan (born 1972) is an American children's book editor and award-winning author. He published his first YA book, Boy Meets Boy, in 2003. Levithan is also the founding editor of PUSH, a Young Adult imprint of Scholastic Press.


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