A Rogue Librarian's Reading List

{July 6, 2012}   Boy Meets Boy by David Levithan

Plot: When Paul meets Noah, he feels an instant connection. Their relationship seems perfect; he should be thrilled. But his childhood friend is ignoring him in favor of her terrible new boyfriend. His friend Tony’s religious parents are determined to save him from being gay. Paul’s ex-boyfriend Kyle wants to get back together. And somehow he needs to find the time to architect the school dance.

It made sense to me to follow-up a Rachel Cohn book with one by David Levithan. If you don’t know why, you should really read the books they wrote together: Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist, Naomi and Ely’s No Kiss List and, my favorite, Dash & Lily’s Book of Dares. I’ve loved all his collaborations (especially Will Grayson, Will Grayson with John Green) but I hadn’t picked up any of his solo books yet.

I’m glad I finally gave it a chance. Boy Meets Boy is a really sweet story without being saccharine. The characters are likable (and wonderfully diverse!), the relationships (romantic and platonic) are both messy and touching and the ending is very satisfying. Besides Paul is a fun and insightful narrator.

I was also impressed with Levithan’s uncanny skill for summing up a character in a sentence or two.

Ted is smart and good-looking, but he doesn’t use it to good effect, like a rich person who never gives to charity. (p. 6)

[Infinite Darlene] seems very full of herself. Which she is. It’s only after you get to know her better that you realize that somehow she’s managed to encompass all her friends within her own self-image, so that when she’s acting full of herself, she’s actually full of her close friends, too. (p.41)

Levithan is a funny, skillful writer and Boy Meets Boy is good, light fun. Besides, who can resist cheerleaders on Harleys and Drag Queen Quarterbacks? Not me.

2012 (#69)

Title: Boy Meets Boy

Author: David Levithan (http://www.davidlevithan.com/)

Publisher: Ember

Year: 2011 (first published in 2003 by Knopf)

ISBN: 978-0-375-83299-4


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