Boy Meets Boy, Review

14 Sep

Boy Meets Boy by David Levithan

Plot: Boy Meets Boy is a simple high school love story, except the love story is between two boys. And no one really seems to care about that at all. This book is a simple but amazing work of fiction. Nothing spectacular happens in this book – high school kids meet, hang out, start romances, go to dances, and just act like high school kids. The amazing part about it is that it all takes place in this fantastical high school where sexuality is not a concern. Boys like boys, girls like boys, boys dress like girls, etc. And it doesn’t bother anyone. No one is getting beat up for being gay. No one gets AIDS and dies. No one questions if they should “come out” or stay closeted. It’s simply accepted as normal. That is what makes this amazing – the normalcy of it all. It’s tempting to label this book a fantasy, because the reality it presents is so far from what happens in most schools. The book also shows that kids have the same issues regardless of their sexual preference or identity. Relationships can be rocky – regardless if they are homosexual, heterosexual, or somewhere in between. This would be an excellent book for a teen book discussion group, or to read with a gay-straight alliance group.

Would you recommend this book? Yes.

4 stars


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