Generally, it wouldn't be a problem, except there's Paul's angry ex, Kyle, who is suddenly reaching out to him; there's his depressed best friend Tony, whose religious parents refuse to accept that he's gay. And then there's his other best friend, Joni, who is swept up in a relationship with a difficult, controlling jock.
Suddenly, life's not so easy anymore. How can Paul connect with Noah when his life is a roiling mess. And, soon enough, he's asking himself if he'll ever truly connect with anyone.
With a main character who is completely comfortable with his homosexuality, Boy Meets Boy is a book about friendship, family, and romance.
Fanciful yet full of humorous day-to-day teen drama, this is a lighthearted book with serious issues at its core.
Bibliotherapeutic value: Imagining a world in which gay, lesbian, transgender and bisexual people are accepted highlights the harsh realities (and unfairness) of what GLBTQ teens go through every day. This book creates a pleasant fantasy world in which everyone is accepted, no matter what. Boy Meets Boy is full of hope -- with a strong central character who is very self-assured -- and it's a reminder of how far we are from a world in which everyone is accepted.
Levithan, David. . New York: Knopf/Borzoi, 2003. ISBN 0-375-92400-0. $17.99.