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Opinion is split,
This review is from: Boy Meets Boy (Paperback)
When reading reviews on this one, opinion seems to be generally split as to whether this book is excellent or simply tripe. The answer to this question very much depends on how you view the characterisations within this story. I don't dispute that some of the characterisations, particularly that of Tony, the boy who decides to abide by his parents narrow view of life because he loves them, are extremely poignant - oh, and by the way, having a boo-hiss campy enemy who glories under the name of Trilby Pope is fab-u-lous! but, in my opinion, the main protagonists of the novel - Paul (the rather flat "hero"), Noah (the similarly wet love interest) and the not-all-that-outrageous Infinite Darlene, are surprisingly one-dimensional. It is also quite difficult to cut through the Americanisms in this novel. If you compare it to, say, the Rainbow series by Alex Sanchez (also set in an American High School environment) then it is clearly inferior in terms of couching concepts in a way that is clear for a UK reader to understand - it is not a favourable comparison at all, I'm sad to say.
In the end, the premise of this novel - to produce a homonormative High School world - is highly laudable, but the opportunity to make something from it is lost in generally weak characterisations and baffling Americanisms. It's not horrible, but it is dissapointing.