Boy Meets Boy by David Levithan
- Stand-alone novel
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 made for. Until he blows it. The school bookie says the odds are 12-to-1 against him getting Noah back, but Paul’s not giving up without playing his love really loud. His best friend Joni might be drifting away, his other best friend Tony might be dealing with ultra-religious parents, and his ex-boyfriend Kyle might not be going away anytime soon, but sometimes everything needs to fall apart before it can really fit together right.
Read: March 20, 2017
Rating: 3.5 / 5 stars
[Short review written just after I finishedthe book; posted on goodreads.]
I’m a bit disappointed. I feel like the plot was weak and I thought the writing would be better. It feels like a short story (and not just because of the lenght). I just felt like there was something missing.
I like most of the characters, I really do but they are all – the whole town and mindset, in fact – a bit too idealistic, utopian, even. I mean, it’s nice but way too unrealistic and I just couldn’t shake that feeling most of the time. Plus, I feel like there’s a lot of unfinished things/sideplots(?) , like what happened to Joni and Chuck, for example.
I enjoyed reading this and I was really rooting for Noah and Paul, and I’m super happy for them but it’s not a book I would recommend to everyone. (Now, I’m not so sure about reading other David Levithan books…)