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Boy Meets Boy

by David Levithan

Random House Children's Books | May 10, 2005 | Trade Paperback

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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.

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 224 pages, 3.24 × 2.24 × 0.2 in

Published: May 10, 2005

Publisher: Random House Children's Books

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0375832998

ISBN - 13: 9780375832994

Appropriate for ages: 13 - 17

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Boy Meets Boy

by David Levithan

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 224 pages, 3.24 × 2.24 × 0.2 in

Published: May 10, 2005

Publisher: Random House Children's Books

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0375832998

ISBN - 13: 9780375832994

About the Book

When high school sophomore Paul meets Noah, he thinks he's found the one--until he blows it. This happy, meaningful romantic comedy is about finding love, losing love, and doing what it takes to get love back in a crazy-wonderful world.

Read from the Book

Now away we go 9 p.m. on a November Saturday. Joni, Tony, and I are out on the town. Tony is from the next town over and he needs to get out. His parents are extremely religious. It doesn''t even matter which religion--they''re all the same at a certain point, and few of them want a gay boy cruising around with his friends on a Saturday night. So every week Tony feeds us bible stories, then on Saturday we show up at his doorstep well versed in parables and earnestness, dazzling his parents with our blinding purity. They slip him a twenty and tell him to enjoy our study group. We go spend the money on romantic comedies, dimestore toys, and diner jukeboxes. Our happiness is the closest we''ll ever come to a generous God, so we figure Tony''s parents would understand, if only they weren''t set on misunderstanding so many things. Tony has to be home by midnight, so we are on a Cinderella mission. With this in mind, we keep our eye on the ball. There isn''t really a gay scene or a straight scene in our town. They got all mixed up a while back, which I think is for the best. Back when I was in second grade, the older gay kids who didn''t flee to the city for entertainment would have to make their own fun. Now it''s all good. Most of the straight guys try to sneak into the Queer Beer bar. Boys who love boys flirt with girls who love girls. And whether your heart is strictly ballroom or bluegrass punk, the dance floors are open to whatever you have to offer. This is my town. I''ve li
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From the Publisher

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.

From the Jacket

"In its blithe acceptance and celebration of human differences, this is arguably the most important gay novel since Annie on My Mind and seems to represent a revolution in the publishing of gay-themed books for adolescents."-Booklist, Starred

"In a genre filled with darkness, torment, and anxiety, this is a shiningly affirmative and hopeful book."-The Bulletin, Starred

"Levithan's prophecy of a hate-free world in which everyone loves without persecution makes this a provocative and important read for all young adults, gay or straight."-School Library Journal, Starred


From the Hardcover edition.

About the Author

David Levithan is a children's book editor in New York City.

Editorial Reviews

The Horn Book, March 26, 2013:
"Using a diverse cast of queer characters, David Levithan's semi-utopian Boy Meets Boy...affirm[s] that there is a whole rainbow of ways to be gay."


"In its blithe acceptance and celebration of human differences, this is arguably the most important gay novel since Annie on My Mind and seems to represent a revolution in the publishing of gay-themed books for adolescents."-Booklist, starred review

"In a genre filled with darkness, torment, and anxiety, this is a shiningly affirmative and hopeful book. -The Bulletin, starred review

"Levithan''s prophecy of a hate-free world in which everyone loves without persecution makes this a provocative and important read for all young adults, gay or straight."-School Library Journal, starred review


From the Hardcover edition.

Appropriate for ages: 13 - 17

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