Boy Meets Boy – David Levithan

BMB(Not discussed by the group but written in a personal capacity.)

This book is somewhat of a culture shock for me. A nursery school teacher tells a boy that he is gay despite his only being four years old. A school where a footballer wears drag to lessons. Boys dating each other while only fourteen years of age? A gay-friendly town where PFLAG is as popular as the PTA? That disaffiliates from the Boy Scouts when they refuse gay officers? Is it all some fantasy?

Parents who welcome their son’s boyfriend when he brings him flowers. A little sister who goes to be on time instead of nagging to be allowed to stay up late in their parents’ absence.

Maybe it’s a sort of antidote to the boy who commits suicide in Patty Griffin’s song “Tony”, whichthe author mentions in his acknowledgements.

I loved the notion that ‘bisexual’ didn’t means ‘divided’ but ‘doubled’.

A fantasy world? Well, not that we have gay marriage, perhaps the world will change once we have religious fundamentalists off our backs. And the author accurately portrays the immediacy and earnestness of teenage emotions and yearnings. As he said, in an interview, ‘You don’t have to write a book in order to reflect reality. You can also write a book to create reality. Most teen readers, I found, understood this, because they were living their lives to create reality, not merely reflect it….. and miserablism are no longer prerequisites for writing queer YA’

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