Boy Meets Boy

Boy Meets Boy
Author: David Levithan
Copyright 2003 Alfred A. Knopf
ISBN: 0-375-82400-6
Genre: Controversial

In this young adult novel, David Levithan weaves an intriguing tale about an uncoventional high school.  Paul is a sophomore, and unlike most teenagers his age, he attends a school in which most of the students would be considered different if they went to one of current society’s mainstream high schools.  Paul falls in love with a boy, his friend Darlene used to be known as Daryl, and his friend Tony is grappling with the knowledge that someday he will have to tell his religious parents about his sexual orientation.  Each of the characters in Levithan’s book are well developed and although the reader may not live their lifestyle, they are extremely easy to identify with.  This story presents a world in which acceptance is the norm and shows teens as well as adults what it might be like if no one were considered “different”.


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