Boy Meets Boy

David Levithan
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 wonderful world.


Reviewed: 2016-02-27
I bought this as a birthday gift for my sister Cecilie several years ago. There was a death of queer stories or outlets in our hometown, and for that reason it was such a pleasure to see this fantasy world where there is no struggle in one's sexual or gender identity. It was refreshing to read a gay romance without a tragic ending or copious amounts of suffering. I think that's important, but it's also important to talk about the fact that it's not a viable political option, however sincere a wish it may be. Still, stories have power and stories allow us to escape, which was what this offered quite sweetly, and it was the panacea to the binary of either heterosexual or tragic-homosexual stories that overwhelmed me in the past.
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