Boy Meets Boy by David Levithan is the story of Paul and his many interesting friends (one of whom is a football-playing Drag Queen named Infinite, whom I personally adore). Paul loves the new boy Noah, but is conflicted by his emotions for an ex who dumped him rather harshly. Paul makes a boo-boo, hurting Noah, and spends the second half of the story trying to fix things. The language is fantastic (it’s a book by David Levithan…I would expect nothing less), and the story is whimsical yet predictable…but I don’t mind the predictability. In fact, in a time when many YA novels about gay teens has a character/many characters that breathe fire and brimstone akin to a Westboro Baptist Church protest, it was quite refreshing to read one where even those who don’t like homosexuality could see past that and still like the person. It was like a breath of fresh air.
Homosexuality is not the iffy topic in this book, because even those that don’t like gays aren’t dripping with hatred and violence. Instead, the book’s iffy topic is the romance. I’m an adult woman and even I was a bit put-off by the amount of affection and love that was going into Paul’s efforts to show Noah how he felt. It was unrealistic in the way that adults know that such love is unrealistic, but even in the way that teens will find it over-the-top and annoying.
I will definitely be recommending this book to those looking for gay teen fiction, or a YA novel brimming with romance and excellent characterization. I probably will not recommend this book to any adults, unless they enjoy YA fiction. In that case, I’ll bundle this with a cupcake and a John Green title (if I can find one on my library shelf).