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This review is from: Boy Meets Boy (Paperback)
I've seen other people say that this book is "beautiful", which is absolutely the right word. I thought this book was strange and wonderful. If people say they don't like it because it's not realistic, then fine, but I don't think it's MEANT to be realistic.
It's about Paul, a gay teenager, and his life, friends and loves. However it is far from a cliched gay teen novel. At the start of the book, he meets Noah, who entrances him. And really from there on in it follows Paul and how he deals with his varied and extrovert group of friends, and with being in love, with all the usual teenage dramas but just with the twist of being set in a slightly unusual place...
It's set in a place where, in the main, being gay is not a big deal. In fact, being different in any way is not a big deal. I think the perfect description is actually a passage from the book, on the 1st page:
"There isn't really a gay scene or a straight scene in our town. They all got mixed up a while back, which I think is for the best... Most of the straight guys try to sneak into the Queer Beer bar. Boys who love boys flirt with girls who love girls. And whether your heart is strictly ballroom or bluegrass punk, the dance floors are open to whatever you have to offer."
To me, that immediately drew me in as it sounds like the kind of world we should all want to be part of. This book is light-hearted, funny and serious. Any teen, male or female, gay or straight, could benefit greatly from this book, and have a lot of fun reading it at the same time. It really makes you think about how you act, how people around you act, and is also wonderful for pure escapism and enjoyment.