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Boy Meets Boy

by David Levithan

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

Boy Meets Boy is rated 5 out of 5 by 6.

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, 8.22 × 5.69 × 0.5 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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Rated out of 5 by from Homophobic-free world! I almost put this book down because (learning the hard way) I cannot stand reading in present-tense. I struggled for quite a few chapters before I got used to it. At first it did not seem worth pushing through, but I am glad that I stuck by it. Once the drama builds up, it is hard not to get caught up in it and watch how the events unfold. Now for the setting: The idea of a homophobic-free world was appealing and the reason I picked it up in the first place (originally because I was getting bored of YA novels centered on "coming out" and struggling with reactions). It has a nice concept behind it, but it seems like too far-away of a place for me to believe. The little stretch is manageable and was still fun to observe ...just not convincing. I got even more detached when the story makes countless references that I think my parents would understand before I do. The vintage style would have worked better if one character was attracted to it – not everybody. For example, I don’t think a VCR shop would survive in a modern setting - especially when it is run by someone who does not organize the videos and has poor customer service. I don’t understand how this could be the hot-spot where the main character crosses multiple classmates. What I did like were the characters and their individual quirks. They took a while to grow on me, but once they did, they felt like people you could actually meet. This is what made the story real for me. How everyone interacts felt like authentic high school scenes; at times stressful but also had that juicy gossip that everyone secretly indulges in. So this book was entertaining and it also had its flaws. I think I could recommend this book but only after setting out a few warnings ahead of time.
Date published: 2012-11-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Beautiful love story If you want a truly wonderful romance I wouldn't look any further than this. A lot of things in this book are unconventional, but at it's core it is an absolutely beautiful romance. I wanted things to work out for Paul and Noah so badly, it was torture watching then encounter all the obstacles that came their way. But what I think made the romance in Boy Meet Boy really stand out is that it wasn't about "being gay". It was just about two people falling in love. I am sucker for a book with really good characters and this book was full of them. I became so attached with almost everyone. Especially Paul and Infinite Darlene. I loved Paul. I wish more people were like him. He genuinely wanted to do the right thing and be there for all his friends. Even when those two things conflicted with one another. Infinite Darlene, loud and crazy though she may have been, was very much the same. Though Paul describes her as self absorbed, he explains that her sense of self was so big it also included her friends, and therefore by being self absorbed, she was also obsessed with her friends well being. I love that. All these fantastic elements, were enhanced by David Levithan's amazing, crystal clear narrative voice. It's a little quirky and off beat but incredibly descriptive and vivid. Totally unique. It made the story move along smoothly and it did so without any fluff or unnecessary extras. I couldn't imagine this story being told any other way. This is now one of my all time favourite books and I could see myself re-reading it a thousand times and not being sick of it. It's just that good. Final recommendation: A must read for all those who enjoy contemporary romance. It doesn't get much better than this.
Date published: 2012-07-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I was thrown away. This book, by David Levithan, made my heart stop. Boy Meets Boy had depth and irresistance. The plot was amazing and totally recomended. I give 5/5 for this one.
Date published: 2010-06-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Big Calm A brilliant book about love in all its forms. Join Paul on his adventure to claim Noah's heart, understand his best friend Joni's heart when she changes for the worse, help his other best friend Tony break free from rules of religion and parents, guide a confussed ex-boyfriend Kyle through grief and to new love and beat Rip who makes all the odds. I really recomend this book for any readers who need to be calmed down a little or need a better understanding of those around them.
Date published: 2008-04-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Refreshing & witty Its a great read. David Levithan has great talent.
Date published: 2008-01-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from perfect! this was truly the most heartwarming and beautiful book i've ever read!david levithan is a genius!
Date published: 2007-12-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing! Boy meets boy was by far the best book i've ever read! I had so much to relate to in that novel! I loved the style of writing, the characters, plot and storyline, Everything! If anyone is looking for a good book you must check Boy meets boy out!
Date published: 2005-12-14

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Boy Meets Boy

by David Levithan

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 224 pages, 8.22 × 5.69 × 0.5 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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