Wednesday, 30 July 2014

"Boy Meets Boy" by David Levithan | Review

SOURCE: Bought
TYPE: Paperback

TITLE: Boy Meets Boy
AUTHOR: David Levithan
SERIES: -
PAGES: 223

AVERAGE GOODREADS RATING: 3.85/5
MY RATING: 4/5

BLURB:Meet Paul. 
Gay his whole life, and finding love as wonderful, confusing and heartbreaking as every other teenager in his high school. 

Meet Paul's friends:
Joni - his best friend
His other best friend - Tony
Infinite Darlene - homecoming queen and star quarterback 
The ex-boyfriend who won't go away - Kyle
And Noah - who changes everything

INITIAL THOUGHTS: 
I decided I wanted to read a book by David Levithan for a multitude of reasons. I saw Megan Olivier discussing a couple of his books on her YouTube channel which got me really intrigued, and after reading The Fault in Our Stars by John Green, I was really wanting to get into a few more young adult novels. 
I chose this particular book because I was really interested by the idea of a gay main character, something I've not really experienced before in a book.

OPENING: 
Each chapter is titled, and the first is called "Now Away We Go". Paul introduces us to his friends Tony and Joni, and establishes the sexuality of himself and his friends which is key to the plot of the book.

CHARACTERS:

Our narrator, Paul, is exceptionally irritating. He tells the story reasonably well but is a little emotionless at times which makes him hard to understand and in some cases not particularly relatable. His friend Tony, however, is a lovely character to read about, although his situation is probably the worst, he definitely has the best outlook on the world and makes some of the best choices. 
Infinite Darlene is such a diva she's hilarious, but at times she really got on my nerves, as did Joni. 
The real saviour of this story was Noah who brings the story a sense of normality, he's probably the most realistic character in my opinion, as he has the most natural response to what's going on in the story.

SETTING:
The key setting in the book is a high school. It's a very stereotypical Americanised establishment with cliques and groups of a variety of different people. For this reason, it was really easy for me to understand and imagine the setting as it's something that is common within films and literature.

Another key point to make about the setting, is that the story takes place in a gay utopian society, where all genders and sexualities are accepted. This contrasts with the next town that seems to have a very different viewpoint when it comes to sexuality.

OVERALL: 
I gave this book 4 stars, because I did quite like the premise of the story and was exceptionally thrilled with the outcome of the book. Although some of the characters were irritating, the setting and length of the novel made it exceptionally appealing to me, and Levithan's message to society is an exceptionally strong one!


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