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Boy Meets Boy

By: David Levithan
Narrated by: Nicholas Robideau,the Full Cast Family
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Publisher's Summary

What if you went to a school where it was actually all right to be who you really are? That's the enchanting place David Levithan has created in his highly acclaimed first novel. But even if the gay kids and the straight kids all get along just fine, even if it's all right for the quarterback to be a cross dresser named Infinite Darlene and the cheerleaders to ride Harleys into the pep rally, the road to true love is still a strange and winding path, as Paul discovers when he meets the boy of his dreams. Charming, funny, delightful, and utterly heartwarming, this YA novel speaks with clarity and depth about our need to love and be loved.
©2003 David Levithan (P)2005 Full Cast Audio

Critic Reviews

"In its blithe acceptance and celebration of human differences, this is arguably the most important gay novel since Nancy Garden's Annie on My Mind." (Booklist)
"Levithan's prophecy of a hate-free world in which everyone loves without persecution makes this a provocative and important read for all young adults, gay or straight." (School Library Journal)

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    5 out of 5 stars

A Resplendent Novel Beautifully Performed

David Levithan's novel Boy Meets Boy simply imagines what life would be like in an American suburb for high school students if there was no homophobia. It is a novel of heightened love, wonder, moral responsibility, grief,and transformation. In other words, it contains all the experiences that encompass the sentimental education of youth. The full cast audio family performs the novel with taste and style. As a theologian and Christian pastoral counselor, I didn't find any moral relativism in the text. The protagonist Paul, is a deeply moral young man, deeply concerned about right action and responsibility toward those he loves. If a reader has a problem with gay folks embracing their sexuality with joy, that person will have a problem with the book. But then, I've always seen a world without prejudice and unnecessary shame as the goal of divine immanence and true religion. A world in which we are accountable to God in our best selves, rather than to the shame and fear foisted on us by unnecessary fundamentalisms. David Levithan describes such a world, and one day, if we are blessed, we may find ourselves living in it. It was good, however, to visit it through such an excellent production. I unreservedly recommend it.

51 people found this helpful

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Literate and loving it

Can we agree that no one can review a book if they can't correctly spell the word "its"?

28 people found this helpful

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    1 out of 5 stars

Relativism at it's finest

Sadly this book has what every person on earth desires, a life lacking total accountability. I agree that I have this same desire to live a life free of responsibility for my actions. It is pitifully veiled as a book about "being who you really are" and a book about a world of love. But in it's philosophical relativism it contradicts itself by saying everything is acceptable. If that is the case then you can never know who you truly are because relativism has no ultimate truth. How can you find out the true you if there is no truth? Sadly this book will provide many readers with more reinforcement of a twisted mentality. My recommendation read this book and realize that there is a final truth, a real you, a person of purity and goodness, and you are that special person.

25 people found this helpful

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    5 out of 5 stars

Kudos to Full Cast Audio

The first time I read David Levithan's "Boy Meets Boy," I was immediately drawn in by his stealthful command of language and how effortlessly he gave the voices of his characters meter and life.

Like many people who fear seeing a favorite book turned into a movie, I approached this recording with some hesitation. It's one thing for a narrator to simply read a book. It's another for actors to take on the roles of the characters. How would this match up with how I heard the characters in my head?

I was IN NO WAY disappointed. The performers did a remarkable job of capturing the nuances of the characters (or, at least how I had imagined them). I also like the interspersal of music which seemed so organic to the material.

This production is well worth a listen and I'll certainly be looking for other Full Cast Audio books in the future.

14 people found this helpful

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    3 out of 5 stars

A decent Vacation Read

As a 44 y/o gay man, I found this a pleasant, if somewhat juvenile fantasy. I guess if I were still a 15 y/o high school student, this might be instrumental to my escapism. In the 70's, when I was there, of course there was no such thing. If you're still trapped in Rural American and desperate for anything that's out there, this certainly fits the bill.

I bought it for the same reason that I buy my kids overpriced candy bars to send the Band to wherever -- it supports a good cause (in this case, gay fiction), and I want to see more of it especially on Audible.

It's a pleasant book to listen to, a "vacation read" that you can occasionally doze off during without missing much of the plot (at least, not so much that you're lost 20 minutes later). It's somewhat forgettable, though, in that I never invested in any of the characters or felt especially bonded to them.

In short, I probably won't ever listen to it again, but it was OK.

11 people found this helpful

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    5 out of 5 stars

A wonderful and touching book

Boy Meets Boy is a sweet, funny and moving story set in the Sophmore year of the protagonist, Paul. Paul likes Noah and Noah likes Paul, but everything conspires to try and keep the two apart.

David Levithan has written a story that manages, in the most pleasing way to paint a picture of the world as it should be.

The recording on Audible is a "full cast" production with different actors for each character; the recoding is extremely well done and engaging.

This is a wonderful book that will appeal to both young and old. I loved and I highly recommend it.

11 people found this helpful

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    5 out of 5 stars

A Wonderful Get Away.

I loved this book. Yeah it can be corny sometimes, and lets faces the school that Mr. Levithan wrote about in his book is truly fiction in this day in age. But it provided me and still provides me every time I read it with a since of hope and just an all around good feeling inside. I love the Characters, and the story line. I hope one day the place that Mr. Levithan writes about can be a real one and if and when that day comes I want to be apart of it.

Please know i do not write many reviews. Only one other in the 3 1/2 years that i have been an Audible member. So if i took the time to write this, that means this book is well worth it.

7 people found this helpful

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    5 out of 5 stars

Idealistic Approach to 'How it Should Be'

Every young adult should read this book - straight, gay, or still figuring it out. As I read the book, I kept thinking 'wow - if only my high school experience could've been like this.' Yes, it's very idealistic and often ignores the real issues and prejudices that challenge today's youth, but I welcomed its refreshing approach of assuming that we live in a much more enlightened and accepting world than we do.

6 people found this helpful

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    1 out of 5 stars

A sad tale of dispair

A sad effort to encourage a child to stray from his true inner feelings and follow misguided ones supplied by today's society. This book will do more harm and no good.

6 people found this helpful

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World for Gays

Growing up as a homosexual in high school, I know how difficult it can be being openly gay around people who just don't understand. In Boy Meets Boy, David Levithan creates a world that all homosexuals dream about in high school. A place where we can be open about our feelings and honest with each other. A world that everyone accepts everyone else regardless of that persons feelings or decisions. Plus, we all think about finding our true love and David creates that world where that dream can come true; regardless if you are looking for a man or a woman. We realize that our dreams can come true if we just go after them. Boy Meets Boy was a really awsome book that allowed me to think back to my high school days and dream that they were different than what they were. But if they had been, I probably wouldn't be the person that I am today.

5 people found this helpful