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Boy Meets Boy Reprint Edition
Contributor(s): Levithan, David
ISBN: 0375832998     ISBN-13: 9780375832994
Publisher: Ember
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Product Type: Paperback - Other Formats
Published: May 2005
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Annotation: 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.

"From the Hardcover edition.

Additional Information
Library of Congress Subjects:
Teenage boys; Fiction.
Gays; Fiction.
Friendship; Fiction.
Dewey: [Fic]
LCCN: 2002073154
Academic/Grade Level: Grade 7-9, Age 12-14
Book type: Juvenile Fiction
Physical Information: 8.00" H x 5.25" W x 0.75" (0.45 lbs) 185 pages
Accelerated Reader Info
Quiz #: 75149
Reading Level: 4.5   Interest Level: Upper Grades   Point Value: 8.0
Scholastic Reading Counts Info
Quiz #: Q37178
Reading Level: 6.3   Interest Level: Grades 9-12   Point Value: 13.0
 
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Publisher Description:
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.

"From the Hardcover edition."


Contributor Bio(s): vid Levithan is a children’s book editor in New York City.

Reviewed by Horn Book Magazine Reviews (Horn Book Magazine Reviews 2004 #1)
Joining Brent Hartinger's audacious Geography Club (rev. 3/03) are two more novels taking a look at gay high school life. In Boy Meets Boy, sophomore Paul's school couldn't get more gay-friendly: the star quarterback, a drag queen named Infinite Darlene, is also homecoming queen, and the mood of the town is equally welcoming, dropping the homophobic Boy Scouts for "Joy Scouts," for example. While sometimes threatening to waft the story off to Never-land, it's a premise that allows Levithan's gay characters to explore the vicissitudes of love on the same terms as the straight kids. Paul, who came out in kindergarten, is swooning over new-kid Noah but still has some emotional baggage with former boyfriend Kyle, who has been hinting that he'd like to get back together. This is the stuff of teen romance novels, to be sure, but while Paul's narration can wax lyrical at all the right moments, it's also a bit lofty, as when Paul constructs one thousand origami flowers just for day one in a campaign to win Noah back after Noah's heard that Paul kissed Kyle. (Kissing is as far as anyone goes in this book.) Paul's a good kid and a smart one, but his hyper-articulateness and fondness for rarefied digression make him a hero difficult to warm up to. Kids who suspect that they're probably not interesting enough for Boy Meets Boy will feel more at home at Rainbow High, a world apart from Paul's school, and one that many kids will know, from both real life and teen television drama. First introduced in Rainbow Boys, Nelson, Jason, and (another) Kyle are gay high school seniors. Nelson and Kyle are best friends, Jason and Kyle are boyfriends, and each one of them is facing decisions. Having discovered, after unsafe sex with a stranger and much worry, that he's still HIV-negative, should Nelson break off his budding relationship with the HIV-positive Jeremy? Can Jason come out to the rest of the basketball team and keep his scholarship to Tech? Will Kyle go to Princeton, as his father wishes, or Tech, to be with Jason? With chapters shifting attention among the three protagonists in turn, there's a soap opera-like suspense that is both banal and magnetic. And to his credit, the author refuses easy solutions to the dilemmas. While not nearly as stylish or subtle as Boy Meets Boy, Rainbow High wears its heart on its sleeve and has a frankness ("You should've seen his JPEG. Total boner magnet") that teens will appreciate. While the gay kids in Boy Meets Boy are the kind who read The Lost Language of Cranes in junior high and do book reports on Oscar Wilde, one suspects that even they would find Rainbow Boys a guilty pleasure--and reassuring, too. Copyright 2004 Horn Book Magazine Reviews

Reviewed by Publishers Weekly Reviews (PW Reviews 2005 May #5)
This gay love story imagines a community where sexuality is not a source of conflict. In PW's words, "Those who enter this debut author's sweet new world will find a refreshing, offbeat romance." Ages 12-up. (May) Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.

Reviewed by Publishers Weekly Reviews (PW Reviews 2003 October #1)
In this gay love story, debut author Levithan imagines a community where sexuality is not a source of conflict. At the high school his characters attend, a drag queen named Infinite Darlene reigns as "both star quarterback and homecoming queen" and there are Joy Scouts instead of Boy Scouts ("When the Boy Scouts decided gays had no place in their ranks, our Scouts decided the organization had no place in our town"). Narrator Paul is a sophomore who has known he's gay since kindergarten. He has supportive parents and friends, and has had a couple of relationships before he meets Noah, who's new to town. But just as their relationship is taking off, Paul's old boyfriend decides he wants him back, and Paul kisses him. Now Paul has to "show" Noah he's serious about him. The story line takes second place to the elements of the setting. The author creates a real wonderland: the cheerleaders ride Harleys, the school fields a quiz bowling team (its captain "score[s] a strike while listing the complete works of the Brontë sisters") and the students frequent a Veggie D's (vegetarians ran the "usual processed-slaughterhouse fast-food joint" out of business, and now the place serves items like Tofu Veg-Nuggets). Most of these eccentricities work well, although a few seem forced (and some seem dated, e.g., references to the TV show Dallas and lyrics by The Smiths) and several subplots pall. Those who enter Levithan's sweet new world will find a refreshing, offbeat romance. Ages 12-up. (Sept.) Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.

Reviewed by School Library Journal Reviews (SLJ Reviews 2003 September)
Gr 8 Up-High school sophomore Paul lives in a present-day gaytopia, where boys come out of the closet to become class president, and the Gay-Straight Alliance has more members than the football team. The cheerleaders ride Harleys, and the cross-dressing homecoming queen is also the star quarterback. Paul meets artistic Noah in the bookstore. They pass notes rife with meaningful detail; paint in Noah's psychedelic, art-covered room; and fall in sweet, realistic teenage love, unencumbered by gay bashing, sexual-identity crises, and parental rejection. With these real-world plot constraints removed, the narrative is driven completely by colorful, literate characters at their unfettered best. Paul is the cerebral teen's dream narrator-reflective and insightful, occasionally snarky, and consistently hilarious. Levithan's whimsical, energetic prose and surreal setting draw comparisons to Weetzie Bat-era Francesca Lia Block. The sharp humor and thoughtful clarity of the narration are on par with those in Stephen Chbosky's The Perks of Being a Wallflower (MTV, 1999) and Ellen Wittlinger's Hard Love (S & S, 1999). Levithan's prophecy of a hate-free world in which everyone loves without persecution makes this a provocative and important read for all young adults, gay or straight.-Johanna Lewis, New York Public Library Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.