Boy Meets Boy by David Levithan



“I am a firm believer in serendipity – all the random pieces coming together in one wonderful moment, when suddenly you see what their purpose was all along.”

Title: Boy Meets Boy
Author: David Levithan
Why you should read this book: Because it’s all rainbows and sunshine and it gives you happiness!
Do I recommend it? Of course, if you need to smile then this is a book for you.
Rate: 4/5

Read the summary and add this book on Goodreads: here

After coming back from my wonderful trip I have been struggling. I had a new pokemon game I wanted to buy, tons of TV series to catch up and of course a lot of books I wanted to read. There’s not enough time in one day to do everything. There just isn’t and it’s not fair because I want to dedicate my time to all the things I love doing, without exceptions.

For these reasons and also because of my never-ending laziness, I was facing one big reading slump. I couldn’t decide on a book to read and I already have one big ebook and an anthology to finish. An idea came to my mind yesterday: I decided to pick a short book with a light plot to help me getting in the reading mood. Big books are discouraging, I kept turning pages, reading and reading and seeing only a few percentage going up after reading so much was making me want to give up.

But this book solved my problems. It is really short so I read it all in one afternoon with a few breaks and I liked it a lot. It was fun, easy to read and it had a lot of elements that will make you think. This book is fiction but more than fiction sometimes it can be see as fantasy since the world the characters live in is utopic, things are happy and unravel in easy ways. It’s overall a very optimistic book about love and friends. The town they live in reminds me of the world of Faking it, the TV show.

“When it comes to true dance, it’s not about how you look, it’s all about the joy you feel. ”

Paul has been in love many times, has had a few boyfriends, some he stayed friends with after breaking up and one that dumped him badmouthing him to everyone at school and hurting him deep inside. Kyle, that’s not cool. Hear me out: this Kyle was Paul’s boyfriend but one day he thought “maybe I don’t like boys after all, this guy tricked me with his gay artifices” so what to do? Dump him and tell horrible things about him to everyone. What was the point of everything, Kyle? It happens; you don’t always know what you like and who you are. You can experiment and then see what really makes you You.

“If you want to be loved, be a lovable. It’s a good place to start.”

Out of the blue comes Noah, a cute boy met by chance at the local bookstore. It’s nice how they hit it off immediately and you see how shy both are about the whole situation. You want them to be ok, to find love in each other and to make each other happy. But not everything is easy. Past loves comes crawling back, doubts appear inside your head, lots of what ifs, lots of I want but I don’t know if I deserve thoughts, busy schedules and life in general getting in the way. What appeared to be an easy “I fall for you and you for me” kind of love story, turned out to be a street with a few too many obstacles. I will tell you without really spoiling anything (because, come on! It’s obvious) that this book has a happy ending and you should read it knowing things can be ok in the end. This book gives you hope if you are in need of it.

“It’s a fine line between love and stalking. I decide to walk it.”

I didn’t always agree with how Paul faced his problems and I started having feelings of hate towards a couple of characters like Joni, Paul’s best friend. Joni behave really badly, blinded by this love that consumed her, a love that blocked her from seeing it was hurting the people he loved. Joni was a character I didn’t like from beginning to end and I won’t change my mind about her. Tony on the other hand, I liked a lot. How his sadness didn’t define him, how he was planning a way to tolerate his parents disapproval and be happy in his own little world. His strength is amazing, he deserves everything good the world has to offer and I think he will get it because he is great like that. The award for best character has to go to Infinite Darlene. She is the best and I love her with all my heart. Nothing I can write can do her justice, you have to read the book, it won’t take much of your time, trust me, but it’s worth it.

This story is very optimistic; it takes place in a utopic world we can all hope can become a reality as soon as possible. It doesn’t have to matter who you like and what genre was assigned to you when you were born. What matters is what kind of person you decide to be, what road you decide to take. If you care for people and don’t care for people at all, that’s up to you but nobody has the right to tell you whom you can or can’t care for. This world started looking a little bit better but now with everything that’s happened this past year I’m not so sure and it’s scary as hell. Let’s take these cute and funny stories and try to build ourselves little happy places to be in and share with the ones we love because we may not believe it but we can make a difference if we fight together. I will recommend this book to a few people I know will appreciate it.


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