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Boy Meets Boy | [David Levithan]

Boy Meets Boy

What if you went to a school where it was actually all right to be who you really are? That's the enchanting place David Levithan has created in his highly acclaimed first novel. But even if the gay kids and the straight kids all get along just fine, even if it's all right for the quarterback to be a cross dresser named Infinite Darlene and the cheerleaders to ride Harleys into the pep rally, the road to true love is still a strange and winding path, as Paul discovers when he meets the boy of his dreams.
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Publisher's Summary

What if you went to a school where it was actually all right to be who you really are? That's the enchanting place David Levithan has created in his highly acclaimed first novel. But even if the gay kids and the straight kids all get along just fine, even if it's all right for the quarterback to be a cross dresser named Infinite Darlene and the cheerleaders to ride Harleys into the pep rally, the road to true love is still a strange and winding path, as Paul discovers when he meets the boy of his dreams. Charming, funny, delightful, and utterly heartwarming, this YA novel speaks with clarity and depth about our need to love and be loved.

©2003 David Levithan; (P)2005 Full Cast Audio

What the Critics Say

"In its blithe acceptance and celebration of human differences, this is arguably the most important gay novel since Nancy Garden's Annie on My Mind." (Booklist)
"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." (School Library Journal)

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    Brian Brooklyn Park, MN, USA 01-31-06
    Brian Brooklyn Park, MN, USA 01-31-06
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    "Kudos to Full Cast Audio"

    The first time I read David Levithan's "Boy Meets Boy," I was immediately drawn in by his stealthful command of language and how effortlessly he gave the voices of his characters meter and life.

    Like many people who fear seeing a favorite book turned into a movie, I approached this recording with some hesitation. It's one thing for a narrator to simply read a book. It's another for actors to take on the roles of the characters. How would this match up with how I heard the characters in my head?

    I was IN NO WAY disappointed. The performers did a remarkable job of capturing the nuances of the characters (or, at least how I had imagined them). I also like the interspersal of music which seemed so organic to the material.

    This production is well worth a listen and I'll certainly be looking for other Full Cast Audio books in the future.

    10 of 10 people found this review helpful
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    John Glendale, AZ, USA 12-27-05
    John Glendale, AZ, USA 12-27-05 Member Since 2005
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    "A wonderful and touching book"

    Boy Meets Boy is a sweet, funny and moving story set in the Sophmore year of the protagonist, Paul. Paul likes Noah and Noah likes Paul, but everything conspires to try and keep the two apart.

    David Levithan has written a story that manages, in the most pleasing way to paint a picture of the world as it should be.

    The recording on Audible is a "full cast" production with different actors for each character; the recoding is extremely well done and engaging.

    This is a wonderful book that will appeal to both young and old. I loved and I highly recommend it.

    8 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Eddie Beard Hickory, NC United States 04-14-06
    Eddie Beard Hickory, NC United States 04-14-06 Member Since 2002
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    "A decent Vacation Read"

    As a 44 y/o gay man, I found this a pleasant, if somewhat juvenile fantasy. I guess if I were still a 15 y/o high school student, this might be instrumental to my escapism. In the 70's, when I was there, of course there was no such thing. If you're still trapped in Rural American and desperate for anything that's out there, this certainly fits the bill.

    I bought it for the same reason that I buy my kids overpriced candy bars to send the Band to wherever -- it supports a good cause (in this case, gay fiction), and I want to see more of it especially on Audible.

    It's a pleasant book to listen to, a "vacation read" that you can occasionally doze off during without missing much of the plot (at least, not so much that you're lost 20 minutes later). It's somewhat forgettable, though, in that I never invested in any of the characters or felt especially bonded to them.

    In short, I probably won't ever listen to it again, but it was OK.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Kyle Columbia, SC, United States 08-16-09
    Kyle Columbia, SC, United States 08-16-09 Member Since 2007
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    "A Wonderful Get Away."

    I loved this book. Yeah it can be corny sometimes, and lets faces the school that Mr. Levithan wrote about in his book is truly fiction in this day in age. But it provided me and still provides me every time I read it with a since of hope and just an all around good feeling inside. I love the Characters, and the story line. I hope one day the place that Mr. Levithan writes about can be a real one and if and when that day comes I want to be apart of it.

    Please know i do not write many reviews. Only one other in the 3 1/2 years that i have been an Audible member. So if i took the time to write this, that means this book is well worth it.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Calvin USA 02-20-06
    Calvin USA 02-20-06
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    "World for Gays"

    Growing up as a homosexual in high school, I know how difficult it can be being openly gay around people who just don't understand. In Boy Meets Boy, David Levithan creates a world that all homosexuals dream about in high school. A place where we can be open about our feelings and honest with each other. A world that everyone accepts everyone else regardless of that persons feelings or decisions. Plus, we all think about finding our true love and David creates that world where that dream can come true; regardless if you are looking for a man or a woman. We realize that our dreams can come true if we just go after them. Boy Meets Boy was a really awsome book that allowed me to think back to my high school days and dream that they were different than what they were. But if they had been, I probably wouldn't be the person that I am today.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    S. N. C. Siegel Hudson Valley, NY 07-09-05
    S. N. C. Siegel Hudson Valley, NY 07-09-05 Member Since 2002
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    "A Resplendent Novel Beautifully Performed"

    David Levithan's novel Boy Meets Boy simply imagines what life would be like in an American suburb for high school students if there was no homophobia. It is a novel of heightened love, wonder, moral responsibility, grief,and transformation. In other words, it contains all the experiences that encompass the sentimental education of youth. The full cast audio family performs the novel with taste and style. As a theologian and Christian pastoral counselor, I didn't find any moral relativism in the text. The protagonist Paul, is a deeply moral young man, deeply concerned about right action and responsibility toward those he loves. If a reader has a problem with gay folks embracing their sexuality with joy, that person will have a problem with the book. But then, I've always seen a world without prejudice and unnecessary shame as the goal of divine immanence and true religion. A world in which we are accountable to God in our best selves, rather than to the shame and fear foisted on us by unnecessary fundamentalisms. David Levithan describes such a world, and one day, if we are blessed, we may find ourselves living in it. It was good, however, to visit it through such an excellent production. I unreservedly recommend it.

    47 of 62 people found this review helpful
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    jo CHICAGO, IL, United States 08-25-10
    jo CHICAGO, IL, United States 08-25-10 Member Since 2009
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    "adorable"

    i loved this book, i just wanted to hug all the characters. i don't think there's anything wrong with imagining a world where the football stars and trannies get along. the tough reality of being a gay teen in some places is definitely still in there with one of the characters. and for the record, i'm a girl who went to prom with a girl and had no problems - this book is nowhere near total fantasy as implied by some reviewers.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Scott A. Dubay 05-03-10 Member Since 2010
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    "Excellent Feel-Good Adventure"

    The innocence and beauty of young romance and high school life/angst are so very well communicated by both the words and the narration. This book leaves the reader/listener with a hopeful happiness. A fun, excellent experience. Take the ride! You'll be glad you did.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Christopher Sheung WanHong Kong 10-11-07
    Christopher Sheung WanHong Kong 10-11-07 Member Since 2007
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    "Tame and wonderful."

    I fantastic book brilliently performed. I enyoyed this so much. Its so often we get books on gay subject matter which are depressing but this is an uplifting story which gives you a feel of Hollywood happiness that doesn't make you feel like you are being programmed into a Christian life style.
    Chris from Hong Kong, China.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Kevin Santa Cruz, CA, USA 10-07-05
    Kevin Santa Cruz, CA, USA 10-07-05
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    "Idealistic Approach to 'How it Should Be'"

    Every young adult should read this book - straight, gay, or still figuring it out. As I read the book, I kept thinking 'wow - if only my high school experience could've been like this.' Yes, it's very idealistic and often ignores the real issues and prejudices that challenge today's youth, but I welcomed its refreshing approach of assuming that we live in a much more enlightened and accepting world than we do.

    5 of 7 people found this review helpful
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