Boy Meets Boy by David Levithan

Boy Meets Boy

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 agai...

Details Boy Meets Boy

TitleBoy Meets Boy
Release DateMay 10th, 2005
PublisherAlfred A. Knopf
GenreYoung Adult, LGBT, Romance, Contemporary, Fiction

Reviews Boy Meets Boy

  • karen
    hm. i don't really know what to make of this one. see, here's the deal - i know this is a hugely popular gay teen fiction book - it has been around for a while and everyone loves it (LGM) , but in light of recent current events, it just makes me nervous.this book takes place in a gay utopia, really. a world where there would be no need for the "it gets better project". and on the one hand, i'm sure gay teens would love reading it because it is li...
  • Miranda Reads
    UPDATE Oh my gosh. I just reread the description. This was supposed to be a romantic comedy? A ROMANTIC COMEDY? Since when? Where was the funny? THE REVIEW Oh my gawd. I hated it. Every. Minute. Because sometimes you just have to dance like a madman in the Self-Help section of your local bookstore. Ahh yes. That feeling. I know it well.Anyway, this book was so incredibly awful that I listened to the entire audiobook in a single day. AKA it w...
  • Vinaya
    Or Ten Reasons Why You Should Read Boy Meets BoyI want to live in the world David Levithan has created. It's fun, it's fabulous, it's the literary equivalent of unicorn fart! Sure, I know there probably doesn't exist a place where all the teenagers gather together to dance away Sunday nights in the local bookstore. Where the school's star quarterback is a crossdresser with the improbable name of Infinite Darlene. Where the Boy Scouts quit and ref...
  • Cristina Monica
    “Part of love is letting a person be who they want to be.” 3.5 stars. Although this is a very short novel—not even two-hundred-pages long—it explores different themes worth contemplating, with a huge emphasis on romantic and friendly-inclined relationships. Paul’s high school is like no other. Every student feels free to be who they are or want to be—gay, lesbian, drag queen, transgender—without fear of being targeted by other class...
  • Fabian
    Despite its pretenses & it's overall theme of goodness, friendship, this story is kinda, sorta, uh pedestrian*. A love triangle not in the least bit bizarre, our character is a prancing, megaconfident & hyperpositive social Pollyanna. These kids seemingly live in a perpetual children's museum--their hometown caters to them all, & to SUCH a staggering degree as to make you go "ick.""On the seventh day I gave him me." Yeah, Paul. You and your buddi...
  • Whitney Atkinson
    The more I read David Levithan, the less impressed I become. Or maybe it's just that i'm beginning to read his older works, and they're just not that great. This was what i'm now starting to label a "typical" Levithan book. Unimpressive, bland plot, okay characters, average writing. I nearly didn't finish this because I thought maybe it wouldn't be worth it, and I can honestly admit that I wouldn't have missed anything had I decided to DNF it. It...
  • Em Lost In Books
    Cute love story about love, friendship, coming out, and heart break.
  • Ami
    Review will be spoiler-ish of the storylineYou know a book is special, when the first thing you do AFTER you close the last page is ... sighing and whisper, "Beautiful". That is exactly what I do after I finish reading Levithan's Boy Meets Boy. I think this is one of the most beautiful and smartest young adult book dealing with gay-themed that I have read. Sure, this book has sort of an unrealistic portrayal of LGBT acceptance. But that is the be...
  • Tatiana
    Any book that makes me cry deserves at least 4 stars. Boy Meets Boy managed to squeeze tears out of me on several occasions. It doesn't mean, however, that this is one of those downer novels where someone dies or suffers horrible decease or misfortunes. Quite the opposite, this book is actually upbeat and lighthearted, and my tears were tears of pride and relief mostly.The setting of the novel is unusual. In fact, I am dying to borrow from Tony K...
  • Tenley Nadine
    At the beginning I couldn't see the town in the book being real. I liked the town, it seemed awesome, just not realistic. I was very much like Tony in that sense; "The first time I met you, I honestly couldn't believe that someone like you could exist, or even a town like yours could entirely exist." But as I got to the middle, a little after I read that quote, I realized two things. First, Paul is the exception not the rule. He's grown up in thi...
  • Calilibrarian
    When I first read this book, I fell in love with the main character and with the writer. David Levithan nailed what I'd been looking for for some time; a type of book that should be written many times over for alot of different kids. Here is the review I wrote June, 2004I just read an incredible book. Its called Boy meets Boy by David Levithan. I loved it on so many levels; the main one being its normalcy. Through my book travels, I rea...
  • peachygirl
    Painfully mediocre.
  • Farith
    2.5 stars."If there's no feeling of fear, then there's no need for courage."This is the first time that I read a David Levithan book and well, this is disappointing.I didn't really have expectations from the book but still hoped to liked it. You know, there's always those short contemporaries that makes you feel butterflies and it's like you're in love again for the first time. This wasn't that kind of book. In this book I wanted to kill everyone...
  • Calista
    I love the innocence, purity and simplicity of the characters. I love that it isn't overly dramatic while it does have teen angst and drama in it. I enjoyed the range of characters and that the love triangle didn't really exist. Paul and Kyle were an old thing and I simply didn't feel much pull there. That was simply to complicate the plot. Paul and Noah are the new item. Noah moved to town and they are both openly gay. They both have a good life...
  • Karlyflower *The Vampire Ninja, Luminescent Monster & Wendigo Nerd Goddess of Canada (according to The Hulk)*
    Every single time I read this title it makes me think of:My random musings on Boy Meets Boy by David Levithan. This is one of those stories that I look at and do the internal yaying about .... and then read and am left wondering why I didn't love it?! Why am I left questioning whether this book is helpful, harmful or offensive..... and why does it prey on my mind so badly?!This is a Gay Teen Utopia about a boy named Paul who falls in love with a ...
  • Bark
    This review and the rest of the crap I write can be seen @ my blog Bark's Book Nonsense . Stop by and say hey.This is a lovely little confection of a book about friendship and high school loves. It does have a little angst but the main character Paul is such an effervescent fellow that it goes down easy instead of dragging the book down.When it starts, I have to admit I found it all a little strange. Like alternate universe level of strange. The...
  • Lauren
    This book takes place in a sort of gay-utopia. Everyone is gay or bisexual or at least bicurious. The school's star quarterback/prom queen is a drag queen. The only intolerant folks are cartoonishly evil in their religiousness, but they are an anomaly in a town where it is apparently appropriate for a kindergarten teacher to write "Paul is definitely gay" on a student's report card (????). Not only is it a gay-utopia, but it is an everything else...
  • Thomas
    Boy Meets Boy is about Paul, an openly gay kid in high school. Of course he has his problems and his drama but none of it really involves his sexuality - he's just that comfortable with it. However, his friend Tony does have a problem with it. Or more like his parents do, because Tony's parents are like the bible worshiper type. Then there's Kyle, Paul's ex-boyfriend who can't seem to decide what he wants. Joni is Paul's best friend who might not...
  • Daphne
    Sometimes after reading a book, I find myself wishing I had read this book in my early teens instead of now. This is either because I didn't like it but feel like I would have at age 14 or because it's the type of book I that my teenage self really could have used. This book falls into the latter category.I think what makes Boy Meets Boy so amazing is that it's a book about being gay without the story being incredibly sad or focused on coming out...
  • Laura
    I have said this several times over, but hell--let me just shout it out once more—I love David Levithan! His descriptions, words, stories, and characters bring a smile to my face and an extra sparkle to my heart. The way Levithan infuses his pages with warmth, love, and hope inspires me to move, create, blast the radio, dance around like a fool, and love with all my heart. But this time out, I did hit a bump or two along the way.Boy Meets Boy i...
  • - ̗̀meg ̖́-
    I adored this book so much. I read it in one sitting and I didn't stop reading until 2am this morning! It was an easy-going read with a not-so-brilliant plot but amazing characters. I forgot just how much I loved Levithan's writing.
  • Briynne
    Another enforced read, courtesy of YA Lit. I think this book was maybe a 2.5 on the scale, but I chose to round down since there were a few things that really bugged me about it. On the positive, there are parts of the book that manage to really resonate. When the book stops trying to be cool, it's not bad at all. I liked the character of Noah, who seemed nicely human in spite of the role he had as the perfect guy. At times I also enjoyed Paul, t...
  • Sana
    DNF at page 125.I tried. I tried so much to finish this book, but I just could not turn another page. I'm not saying it's a bad book, it's really good, but it's just not for me. I can't bring myself to feel anything for these characters or the story, no matter how much I forced myself to read.
  • Christina
    Sadly this really didn't work for me. 1 star for Tony - loved him!1 star for the World - (town where everyone co-exists, gays, lesbians, bi's, drag-queen/quarterback and Joy Scouts). The story is told in first person from Paul's POV. Paul is a gay high school student who's dealing with all the "fun" that high school tends to bring, seeing his ex-boyfriend on a daily basis, enduring all the drama his friends can dredge up in a day, and also fallin...
  • A Girl Has No Name
    2. 5 stars rounded tp to 3!The mixed reviews this young adult story has on Goodreads, made me hesitate to pick it up for quite a long while. Due to a challenge, I finally gave it a try and I can't do more than write another one of these mixed reviews. Paul is gay and out in school and in his family. His family is very supportive and the world this story is set in seems to be to good to be true. The LGBT community is perfectly integreated into the...
  • Elise (TheBookishActress)
    This book is a bit of a period piece. It's a fantasy world for lgbt kids — escapism with a good message. In 2005, I can see this book having been a lighthouse for scared lgbt kids. Unfortunately, it really hasn't held up with the times. Over time, I've become less convinced of this world's relevancy, I suppose. When I reread this one in 2016, I felt like it was almost too much. And I don't mean “too much gay;” it's depressing how this utopi...
  • Mike
    Parts of this book were brilliant (and what I hoped for more of) and other parts were exactly what I hate about young adult literature. Here are two sample passages that will demonstrate exactly what I mean.Cringe-worthy:"The gymnasium doors open and the cheerleaders come riding in on their Harleys. The crowd goes wild...A few years ago, it was decided that having a posse of motorcycles gun around the fields and courts was a much bigger cheer-ind...
  • Matthew Stefan
    Overall a really cute book, if not a little predictable. It was a sweet little read and it made me smile. I'd definitely recommend this one if you are needing a light and bubbly little romance. Despite having instalove and a love triangle, overall this was an enjoyable read. Noah and Paul are so cute together!