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Boy Meets Boy- David Levithan


Boy meets boy, David Levithan, book, young adult, book cover, YA
Disclaimer: This book was given to me free of charge by the publisher (via netgalley) in exchange for an honest review

Synopsis (from amazon)

The unforgettable debut novel by co-author with John Green of Will Grayson, Will Grayson

To be together with someone for twenty years seems like an eternity. I can’t seem to manage twenty days…

How do you stay together?

Paul has been gay his whole life and he’s confident about almost everything. He doesn’t have to hide his feelings like best friend Tony or even cope with loving the wrong guy like his other best friend Joni.

But heartbreak can happen to anyone. Falling in love changes everything.

Review

I have a growing relationship with David Levithan. I loved The Lover’s Dictionary, and vowed to read more of him, but seeing as he’s generally a YA writer, and that’s a genre I only read once in a while I haven’t really been actively seeking him out.

Anyway I saw Boy Meets Boy- which was Levithan’s first solo book up on netgalley for its re-release. Thinking of my plan to read more Levithan I decided to request it, and got it, yay!

Boy Meets Boy is set in an ideal town where being ‘different’ is accepted, even praised. At Paul’s school there are gay people, straight people, bisexuals, and transvestites, but everyone accepts everyone else for whom they are. It was a little difficult to get my head around at first because, unfortunately, real life isn’t like that. It made it sort of unrealistic.

However once I got more comfortable with the story I started to really enjoy it. I quite liked Paul, although I certainly wanted to shout at him a fair few times for lack of foresight.

I much preferred Noah, Paul’s love interest, as a character, he was more interesting for one thing. Or maybe it was just because we saw him through Paul’s eyes when Paul was falling for him.

The most realistic character was Josh, I think maybe I would have preferred a story about Josh. Being gay wasn’t easy for Josh, and though we saw a bit from Paul’s friendship with him I think it would have made a more interesting story to have it from Josh’s perspective.

It was quite a cute story when it came down to it, and rather romantic. Not some great amazing piece of literature, but I still enjoyed it immensely, and it took me less than a day to read because I couldn’t put it down!

Oh and you know what I love about everything I’ve read by Levithan so far? He obviously loves words!

5/5

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Other reviews:

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Dash & Lily’s Book of Dares- Rachel Cohn and David Levithan


Disclaimer: This book was given to me free of charge via netgalley in exchange for an honest review

Synopsis (from Amazon)

I’ve left some clues for you.
If you want them, turn the page.
If you don’t, put the book back on the shelf, please.

Lily has left a red notebook full of challenges on a favourite bookstore shelf, waiting for just the right guy to come along and accept its dares. But is Dash that right guy? Or are Dash and Lily only destined to trade dares, dreams, and desires in the notebook they pass back and forth at locations across New York? Could their in-person selves possibly connect as well as their notebook versions? Or will they be a comic mismatch of disastrous proportions? Rachel Cohn and David Levithan have written a love story that will have readers perusing bookstore shelves, looking and longing for a love (and a red notebook) of their own.

Review.

I haven’t read a book this quickly in an age. Or stayed up late just to read ‘one more chapter’. It helps that Dash & Lily’s Book of Dares is a young adult book. That means it was easy to read, and generally quite plot driven. The chapters were short so it didn’t seem like much to read just one more chapter (although I did that for about 10 chapters in a row).

I’ve been thinking about reading something else by David Levithan since reading A Lover’s Dictionary which I loved. Seeing as most of his other books are YA however I hadn’t rushed out to read another by him. Not because I won’t read YA, it’s just not usually the first thing I would pick up. Those things combined meant that seeing Dash & Lily’s Book of Dares on netgalley gave me the perfect excuse.

I wouldn’t say the book was any great literary genius, but I never expected it to be. I loved the idea of two people meeting through a little red book. It’s the kind of thing you just wish would work in real life (I imagine in real life a shop assistant would have found the book and chucked it into lost property- as often happens with bookcrossing books). I also loved how it seemed to show a love of books too, what more could a literary girl want.

I almost immediately loved Lily as a character when I saw her words in the notebook (the first we hear of her voice. (highlight for spoiler) Although I was rather disappointed to find out those initial words weren’t hers, nor the idea, it made me like her less. She convinced me to like her again by the end however.

It took me longer to warm up to Dash but I probably loved him even more by the end. There was something about Lily which started grating on me (although I still loved her). Dash however had a sarcastic, slightly cynical streak which I took to, and I loved his passion for words.

I enjoyed the fairytale references as well. I suppose in a way the story was a modern fairytale, a little unbelievable, and romantic in the way fairytales often are, but also with a touch of realism which you don’t see in traditional fairy stories.

This book is set during Christmas time. It’s not essential to read it over Christmas but I think I might have enjoyed it more if I read it then (rather than early-September, which is when I did read it).

I wonder now about looking into reading something more by Rachel Cohn seeing as I liked the Lily chapters.But then I think of how much I enjoyed P.S. Longer Letter Later as a teenager, and how disappointed I was to find that Ann M. Martin was the writer of The Babysitters Club (pretty much the last thing I would think to read).

4/5

Dash & Lily’s Book of Dreams is not released until 5th October 2012 in the UK but you can pre-order it now from Amazon

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Other Reviews:

The Perpetual Page Turner

Owl Tell You All About It

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The Lover’s Dictionary- David Levithan


Image from Amazon

Synopsis (from Amazon)

How does one talk about love?

We are all beginners when it comes to love, from those tentative first dates to learning how to live with, or without, someone. But how does one describe love? How does one chart its delights and pleasures, its depths and desolations? Do we even have the right words to describe something that can be both utterly mundane and completely transcendent, pulling us out of our everyday lives and making us feel a part of something greater than ourselves? David Levithan’s The Lover’s Dictionary starts where we all once started – with the alphabet.

Constructing the story of a relationship as a dictionary, Levithan explores the intimacies and workings of love through his nameless narrator, to paint a moving portrait of love through everyday words. Cleverly using the confines of language to provide an intimate window into the great events and quotidian trifles of being part of a couple, Levithan gives us an indelible and deeply moving portrait of love in our time.

Review

I read this book alongside two others both of which I am somewhat struggling with, not enough to give up but enough to need a break. The Lover’s Dictionary seemed perfect for those purposes. It’s an easy read and easy to break up into little chunks so you can just read a page or two as something easy. Despite the fact I was using it as a rest-stop book it’s taken me less than 3 days to read, and I think it would only take a couple of hours if read alone.

Would I call it a novel? Well I don’t know really, although there is certainly a story in there it isn’t a novel in the conventional sense, and you need to fill in a lot of gaps yourself. I liked the way it added emotion to words in a way just reading a word doesn’t do. There’s a certain suggestion that the words one reads are not ‘just words’ but have a whole other layer of meaning if you are so inclinded to look for them. As a reader it held a certain beauty in the way it approached words but also in the way it would sometimes speak of books and reading. There seemed to be two loves there in a way, the love of a lover, but the love of books was there too.

It felt personal and I liked that.

4.5/5

I wouldn’t recommend the Kindle edition specifically though. The editing was bad, quite often the word being defined was on the previous page to the definition, and that doesn’t really work. When I bought it on Kindle it was on offer (99p I think) so I don’t really mind, but I would have if I payed full price.

Buy it:

Kindle (£5.99)

Paperback (£4.79)

Hardback (£8.44)

Other Reviews:

The Perpetual Page-Turner

A Thousand Books With Quotes

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