Boy Meets Boy is a sweet little high school story but not a lot more. Its main draw is that it doesn't make homosexuality an issue, it just exists and it's a story about a boy meeting a boy that he likes. And then promptly goes and screws things up. Just like any other high school crush story. I really started to dislike Paul; in his effort to help everyone, he ends up in awkward situations. It just felt like he didn't think much about his actions beyond the moment.
There were quite a lot of supporting characters and none of them were covered in depth. I liked Tony's story; the gay son of religious parents who believe his sexuality is damning him to hell and therefore like him hanging out with girls. I thought there were some really lovely moments with him. I didn't quite get Joni's motivation to date Chuck, a character who just oozes nobbiness. There are some wonderful little observations too that would make me pick up something else of his.
"The first time I met you," he says, not directly to me, not directly to the floor - somewhere in between, "I honestly couldn't believe that someone like you could exist, or even a town like yours could entirely exist."
I'm with Noah on this. It's a lovely utopian vision of a school where everyone is accepted, with a high percentage of gay kids and even a drag queen on the football team. I can sort of see Levithan is saying, look this is normal, but it all came across a little twee. And what on earth is that bit about a teacher telling a five year old that he (the boy) is gay about? I don't think anyone at that age knows their sexuality; the opposite sex is generally considered weird and to be avoided. It's hard to believe in these kids' lives when you don't quite believe their world.