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  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollinsChildren'sBooks (1 Aug. 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0007533039
  • ISBN-13: 978-0007533039
  • Product Dimensions: 12.5 x 1.8 x 19.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (61 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 126,584 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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“Intimate, feel-good and quick-fire” Guardian

“Funny and clever and touching” Telegraph

“This is gay life, not as we know it, but as we wish it was when we were 15.” Time Out

“Levithan has created a scrumptious new sub-genre; teen literature where sexuality isn’t treated as a problem and isn’t a coming out story. An immensely likeable read.” Gay Times

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This is the story of Paul, a sophomore at a high school like no other: The cheerleaders ride Harleys, the homecoming queen used to be a guy named Daryl (she now prefers Infinite Darlene and is also the star quarterback), and the gay-straight alliance was formed to help the straight kids learn how to dance.
When Paul meets Noah, he thinks he's found the one his heart is made for. Until he blows it. The school bookie says the odds are 12-to-1 against him getting Noah back, but Paul's not giving up without playing his love really loud. His best friend Joni might be drifting away, his other best friend Tony might be dealing with ultra-religious parents, and his ex-boyfriend Kyle might not be going away anytime soon, but sometimes everything needs to fall apart before it can really fit together right.
This is a happy-meaningful romantic comedy about finding love, losing love, and doing what it takes to get love back in a crazy-wonderful world.

"From the Hardcover edition. --This text refers to the Library Binding edition.

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Format: Paperback
I was asked about this book in my Livejournal, and instead of typing out about plot and character, I'll copy my ramble over to here. I think it should give people a pretty good idea of what they're getting into.

Boy meets Boy by David Levithan.

I'm tempted to type out another bit of text, just so show how fantastic the book is. My favourite passage? From the first few pages, and the moment I fell in love with the book:

"But a part of me still fell in hope with him. I want a fair world. And in a fair world, Tony would shine. I could tell him this, but he wouldn't except it. He would just leave it on the island instead of folding it up and keeping it with him, just to know it was there."

Then, a little further on "When he says "I like it here", I don't want there to be a sad undertone. I want to be able to say So stay"

I love this book. Reading it is like...a comfort act. Some people read the bible for comfort, and I've really never understood that though I know I shouldn't been comparing some teen coming-out romance book to the bible, but even a few sentences from this book had an affect on me. In the worst of time, it makes me weep, and in the best it gives me hope. It is my dream book. I wish I lived in that town, in that version of the world, went to that school, knew those people.

I started reading it again two days ago, and this time around it means so much more. Everything in it is so...beautiful. The book feels fragile, and every time a dramatic event occurs I can't stop reading for fear that if I don't get past it, it will crumble in my hands. I read the first 5 pages two days ago. I couldn't read anymore, because reading it is like a constant reminder of how the world *shoud* be, but isn't.
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By A Customer on 13 Nov. 2003
Format: Hardcover
This book made me want to fall in love, pure and simple. The writing style is elegant and witty, and the overall story is very touching. Boy Meets Boy has an fascinating array of background characters, all set in a fantastically liberal (and unfortunately non-existent) American high school, and is entirely unlike any other book I've read - and it doesn't try to ram 'issues' down your throat. Highly recommended, particularly (although by no means exclusively) to gay males with a romantic disposition...
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By A Customer on 20 Feb. 2006
Format: Paperback
I'm a girl and i thought this book was FANTASTIC!!!! My friend reccomended it and I loved it! I loved the fact that in the book everyone got on and accepted who people were, be they gay, straight or bisexual e.t.c! The characters were fantastic! Each with their own different quirks! It also shows the complications of relationships from the perspective of being gay, one which is not often shown. I have a gay friend and he said he could relate well to the main character
A brilliant book! Deffinate buy!
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This book came up on a list of 'Short Books to Read to Bump Up Your Reading Challenge Total'.

I'll be honest here, I'm starting to get slightly obsessed with my 100 book challenge. I did the same challenge last year, but got sidetracked around May by reading Pillars of the Earth, a damn fine book, but so long I literally thought I'd die of old age before I managed to finish it. I still blame Pillars of the Earth for the fact that I didn't go out on New Year's Eve. (I spent nearly whole of the 31st December 2014 curled up on my sofa, reading feverishly, desperate to meet my book quota. Am I proud of myself? Why yes, I am.)

So anyway, when Boy Meets Boy came up on my radar I decided to give it a go. It was £2.99 on Kindle which is more than I usually tend to pay for a book, especially one which only exists as a set of binary code, but the lure of being ahead of the game on my reading challenge proved too much.

The plot is centered around a boy called Paul, a gay teenager who meets an entrancing boy called Noah. Noah captivates him totally and the rest of the book deals with how Paul, Noah and their diverse bunch of friends navigate the world and their own love lives. It kind of helps that they live in a town that sounds a lot like Brighton; lesbian, gay, bi, straight, transgender - everyone lives together in perfect harmony.

There's a brilliant cast of characters from the star quarterback, a six-foot-four crossdresser called Infinite Darlene, to the Joy Scouts (used to be the Boy Scouts, but Boy Scouts wouldn't let gays join) and Boy Meets Boy is a lovely book. David Levithan captures perfectly the heart-wrenching feelings of falling freshly in love with someone and what it means to have beautiful, supportive friends.
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This book is somewhat of a culture shock for me. A nursery school teacher tells a boy that he is gay despite his only being four years old. A school where a footballer wears drag to lessons. Boys dating each other while only fourteen years of age? A gay-friendly town where PFLAG is as popular as the PTA? That disaffiliates from the Boy Scouts when they refuse gay officers? Is it all some fantasy?

Parents who welcome their son's boyfriend when he brings him flowers. A little sister who goes to be on time instead of nagging to be allowed to stay up late in their parents' absence.

Maybe it's a sort of antidote to the boy who commits suicide in Patty Griffin's song "Tony", whichthe author mentions in his acknowledgements.

I loved the notion that `bisexual' didn't means `divided' but `doubled'.

A fantasy world? Well, not that we have gay marriage, perhaps the world will change once we have religious fundamentalists off our backs. And the author accurately portrays the immediacy and earnestness of teenage emotions and yearnings. As he said, in an interview, `You don't have to write a book in order to reflect reality. You can also write a book to create reality. Most teen readers, I found, understood this, because they were living their lives to create reality, not merely reflect it..... and miserablism are no longer prerequisites for writing queer YA'
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