Saturday, September 14, 2013

ARC REVIEW: Boy Meets Boy by David Levithan

Boy Meets Boy by David Levithan

Title: Boy Meets Boy
Author: David Levithan
Publication Date: August 1st 2013
Publisher: Harper Collins, UK
Source: Netgalley

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.
| Goodreads

My Review

ARC received from the publisher and author in exchange for a review.

First, I just wanted to say that I have never ever read a book based around a gay person before. Yes, I have read books that has gay characters in them (and love them), but I have never read anything like this book.

At the beginning, in the acknowledgement, David wrote that this book was dedicated to one of his friends, and some of it was based in real life too, and from that moment, I knew straight away that I would love this book. I don't know why, it was just an instinct. And I was right, I did love it.

BOY MEETS BOY tells the story of Paul and his friends. Paul is gay, and he isn't ashamed of it. He was in a relationship with another boy when they broke up, leaving Paul hurt and confused. Paul is such a easy liking person, I can't think of any reason not to like him. He's kind, understanding, selfless and supportive. I would seriously love to have a friend like him. 

Paul then meets Noah, the new boy in town. Noah, like Paul, is really likeable. He's funny and whenever he's near Paul, there's like, a sparkle going off. Noah is quiet most of the time, he's isn't carefree like Paul, but he enjoys life and has fun. I really love seeing them too together. They just make my stomach flutter.

And it's also heartbreaking when I read about Tony, Paul's friend (who is either gay or bi-sexual, I'm a little bit confused, but I'm going for the latter). His parents are strict, strict like religious strict. I'm not a religious person, but I still understand how Tony felt as his parents didn't approve of him being different. But me? I love him. Tony might be stuck in one place trying over and over again to make his parents approve of who he is, but he still supports his friends, especially Paul and Noah. 

Overall, this book was just beautiful, hilarious, witty and just so enjoyable at the same time. I love every single second I spent reading this book. David Levithan's words just pulls at my heart and won't let go. This book was just utterly amazing. 

~ June

About The Author

David Levithan (born 1972) is an American children's book editor and award-winning author. He published his first YA book, Boy Meets Boy, in 2003. Levithan is also the founding editor of PUSH, a Young Adult imprint of Scholastic Press.

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