Thursday, March 17, 2005

BOOK REVIEW - Boy Meets Boy by David Levithan

Levithan, David. Boy Meets Boy. New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 2003.
YA Levithan.

I haven't cried because of a book in a long time. But this all changed when I read Boy Meets Boy. I've heard librarians talking about this book since it came out -- that it was one of the best young adult books about LGBTQ teens they've ever. I have to agree.

I liked it on so many levels -- the author' s writing style, his ability to write so well from a teen's point of view, and for such imagination. I imagined this to simply be a book about two boys falling in love, but what I found was a world where drag queen football players are the norm and falling in love with someone of the same gender is no big deal.

I loved this book, because I was able to connect to many of the characters on so many levels, but also because I was transported to a world where bigotry doesn't exist. The main character, Paul, is very likeable for his (many) postive attributes, but more importantly, because he has faults, and through friendship and communication, is able to deal with those faults in meaningful ways.

For readers looking for a love story, a little bit of drama, and a world where bigotry has no place, pick this book up today!

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