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Levithan, David: Boy Meets Boy

Boy Meets Boy (2003)
Author: David Levithan
Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary, GLBT
Pages: 192 (trade paperback)
Series: Stand-Alone

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I borrowed this book from a friend because, for the most part, I like Levithan's work. I've read his collaborative novels Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist (which was light and fluffy, but fun) and Will Grayson, Will Grayson, which I also liked a fair bit (that was also due to the fact that it was co-written with John Green, who I LOVE.)  My favorite of his work that I've read though, is his novel The Realm of Possibility, which is very, VERY geared for teenagers, but I was just young enough for it to really touch my heart. So, I've always been keen on reading more of his work, and since I found this on my friend's shelf, I asked if I could borrow it. 

Well, this novel was okay. It wasn't GREAT, but it was far from terrible. 

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Final Verdict: Levithan is really a great writer for teens: he writes quirky and distinct characters who really jump off the pages and is great at writing about stuff that most teens go through in a very authentic way. His writing as fun and quirky as his characters as well, which is a plus, even if it came off as kind of pretentious (for me) at times. There were a bunch of little things about this novel that just really irked me though. Yes, they were small things, but it was a bunch of small things, which kind of amassed into a bigger thing. This is too bad, because Levithan really is a good writer. Will I continue to check his stuff out? Probably. Is this a great piece of GLBT lit? Definitely, even if I found Paul and Noah's relationship moves a little fast; but that's more symptomatic of YA in general, really. However, their relationship is still much more authentically realized than a lot of other romantic relationships I've read in YA. 

So, with all the said, a definite recommend if you're looking for some decent GLGT lit. However, as a *whole*, this novel had some kinks in it that bothered me a bit. Little things, yes, but they added up. 

Cover Commentary: Doesn't do much for me. There's nothing about candy hearts in the novel, so I guess they were just going for aesthetic appeal. I do like the simplicity, and the shade of blue they used. 

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