Boy Meets Boy

Boy Meets Boy

Book - 2003 | First edition
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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.

Publisher: New York : Alfred A. Knopf, c2003
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780375832994
Branch Call Number: YA FIC
Characteristics: 185 pages ; 22 cm


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A funny, off-beat take of a teenaged boy named Paul who falls in love with Noah. Paul thinks he has found his one true love, but when Noah leaves, Paul has to find a way to get him back and make everything right once more.

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May 22, 2018

This was my first David Levithan book. Two weeks later, and I've read all that I could get my hands on. Boy Meets Boy is an extraordinary romance novel, and the fact that the characters are likeable and complex helps immensely.

Jun 14, 2017

I didn't enjoy this book. There was too much drama and I couldn't stand Paul. It was cheesy and almost felt like a parody on "chick lit" which if it is, then that's great but I wish I would have known going in. But it wasn't humorous, it was just sad. The whole thing just felt like it was trying too hard. It was clishe after clishe after clishe. It even ended on a song lyric. And a boy trying to win the boy back with this ridiculous scheme even though he cheated on him. And it ended with a school dance. I barely made it through and there were so many instances on the audiobook where I just stopped listening.

I'm disappointed because I like David Levithan's other books. But this one was not a favorite of mine.

FindingJane Apr 09, 2017

Paul knew he was gay when he was five years old. Others don’t have it so easy. In the 21st century, being gay has met with a lot of acceptance. But there are still pockets of resistance or denial. Thus Paul doesn’t realize how lucky he is to know his own mind so well and so early and to have loving, caring, tolerant parents. (The scene where he tells his mother that he’s gay is absolutely hilarious in its candor and nonchalance.)
The book deals with Paul’s attempt to negotiate romance, schooling and the changing dynamic among his friends. An ex-boyfriend is feeling remorseful about the way he handled a breakup and wants—well, he doesn’t know what he wants and he’s upsetting Paul with his confusion. There’s a potential new boyfriend on the horizon that’s thrown Paul into an absolute tizzy. One of his friends is dating a jerk and it’s ruining the circle of amity Paul has had since grade school. Paul has been roped into a committee to help with the school dance.

All of this is written in a matter-of-fact tone that nevertheless reveals the frustration, puzzlement, anguish and agony of middle-school negotiations. Mr. Levithan perfectly re-enacts all the tribulations of growing up, compounded by the knowledge that your sexuality provokes reactions in others that you can’t control.

It’s a swift read but a riveting one—and a reminder that, no matter what an adult may think now, adolescent was not a simpler, happier time.

Jul 30, 2016

Paul has always lived in the same town, and has had the same group of friends for most of his life. The title refers to Paul meeting new kid Noah. While, Noah and Paul’s growing relationship is the main plot of the book, the book has a strong message that platonic friendships can be as complicated and meaningful as romantic ones. There’s a lot of, as Noah calls it, “whimsy” in this book. The town and school aren’t realistic, but the relationships between the characters certainly are.

Apr 17, 2016

I loved this book so much i didn't want to return it, but I did and bought myself a copy from amazon ! Recommend to other teens like me

mvkramer Mar 18, 2016

There is some real, genuine emotion in here. Navigating the confusion of dating, friendship and identity is really tough for a lot of teens and this book taps into that feeling very well. This book is also available as a downloadable audiobook on Hoopla - as a full-cast recording, so it's a real treat!

Cynthia_N Feb 16, 2016

This is the sweet little love story of Paul and Noah. Quick read.

Nov 09, 2014

When Paul meets Noah, they are drawn to each other. The two quickly get together, and the book covers the ups and downs of their relationship. The story also includes a range of colorful characters: Infinite Darlene, a fabulous transgendered girl, to Tony, who’s religious parents have never really accepted him.
Read this if you like: GLBTQ+, cute, sweet, funny.

Apr 18, 2014

Beautiful, sad raw and tender

Dec 08, 2013

This book. ANEKA:LTJAEK.
In my journey of LGBT themed novels, the road started with this very book. Boy Meets Boy has a very flat start, with the main character seeming very superficial and too perfect. This turns out to be exactly what Levithan wanted, as he uses this to show the flaws within society concerning LGBT issues and creates major character development while he is at it. I feel any gay male will especially have a easy time relating to one of the colorful cast members and it really enhances the experience of reading Boy Meets Boy.

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Jul 31, 2014

"Now, 'it's a free country' has to be the lamest reason ever invented. It's something people say when they have no other good excuse for what they've done."

Jul 29, 2012

" I am not alarmed when Infinite Darlene tells me things are such a mess. For Infinite Darlene, things are always such a mess; if they weren't, she wouldn't have nearly enough to talk about."


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