Thursday, December 17, 2015

Review: Boy Meets Boy by David Levithan


SUMMARY FROM GOODREADS:
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.
This is a happy-meaningful romantic comedy about finding love, losing love, and doing what it takes to get love back in a crazy-wonderful world.

MY TAKE:
This book was just okay for me.

In Boy Meets Boy, Paul meets and falls in love with Noah. However, Paul does something stupid and now he must win him back. Will he succeed?

This book, especially near the end, reminded me of a John Hughes movie. It sounds like a good thing, and it is, for the most part. It's a sweet coming-of-age book with cute grand gestures of love. There are also some interesting characters here, particularly Infinite Darlene. I was actually amazed at how progressive and accepting their town is as a whole when it comes to LGBTs. I wonder if there are towns like this one in real life.

I think the reason why I was meh about the book was because of Paul. He was okay at first, but as the book went on, his self-centeredness irked me. Perhaps it's just because he was young, but I thought it was naive of him to think that it was okay to do what he did with Kyle and that Noah wouldn't get hurt.

THE GOOD:

  1. There are some really good lines here.
  2. Infinite Darlene is cool.
  3. Their town is progressive and accepting. 

THE BAD:

  1. Paul can be self-centered sometimes.

FAVORITE QUOTE/S:
“We pencil-sketch our previous life so we can contrast it to the technicolor of the moment. ” 
READ IT IF:

  1. You like grand gestures.
  2. You like romances about second chances.
  3. You like coming-of-age stories. 

RATING:
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