Boy Meets Boy by David Levithan

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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.


About David Levithan

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DAVID LEVITHAN is the author of many acclaimed novels, some of them solo works, some of them collaborations. His solo novels include Boy Meets Boy; The Realm of Possibility; Are We There Yet?; How They Met, and Other Stories; Wide Awake; Love Is the Higher Law; and The Lover’s Dictionary. His collaborations include Will Grayson, Will Grayson (written with John Green), Marly’s Ghost (illustrated by Brian Selznick), and Every You, Every Me (with photographs by Jonathan Farmer), as well as three novels written with Rachel Cohn: Nick & Norah’s Infinite Playlist, Naomi and Ely’s No Kiss List, and Dash & Lily’s Book of Dares. He lives in Hoboken, New Jersey, and spends his days in New York City, editing and publishing other people’s books. You can learn more about him at
Published February 19, 2009 by Knopf Books for Young Readers. 226 pages
Genres: Romance, Young Adult, Gay & Lesbian, Literature & Fiction, Children's Books, Humor & Entertainment. Fiction

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Somewhere on the eastern coast of the US that’s home to Francesca Lia Block’s Los Angeles is a town where six-foot-five drag queens play high-school football, kindergarten teachers write comments like “Definitely gay and has a very good sense of self” on student report cards, quiz-bowl teams are ...

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He's our fallible narrator taking us through his falling in love with new boy Noah, his non-sexual love for gay Tony, his strug­gles with the end of an affair with bisexual Kyle and the loss of friendship with Joni, who is herself in perpetual stop-go with high school king Ted.

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Publishers Weekly

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Levithan's groundbreaking novel—set in an idealized high school where kids are free to express themselves without repercussions or embarrassment—whisks listeners into a unique teen scene via the work of this cast of young actors.

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Publishers Weekly

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This gay love story imagines a community where sexuality is not a source of conflict.

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At the high school his characters attend, a drag queen named Infinite Darlene reigns as "both star quarterback and homecoming queen" and there are Joy Scouts instead of Boy Scouts ("When the Boy Scouts decided gays had no place in their ranks, our Scouts decided the organization had no place in o...

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Teen Reads

When Paul makes a huge dating faux pas (kissing the ex-boyfriend) and rumors begin to fly, Paul needs his friends now more than ever to help him salvage the best relationship of his life.

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Kidz World

Boy Meets Boy is more than just another teen romance novel.

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It's a fantasy book, in that there is no technology or rational scientific explanation for A's existence or ability to move between bodies, but it's not like any other fantasy books.

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I'll have something to say about all of them - either here or on LibraryThing.If you're waiting to hear about any of these in particular, let me know and I'll move it up on my list.

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