TITLE = BOY MEETS BOY
AUTHOR = DAVID LEVITHAN
GENRE = RELATIONSHIPS, HOMOSEXUALITY, ROMANCE, LOSS
INTEREST LEVEL = YEARS 9 -12
This novel was acknowledged to be a trend-setter when it was first published, as few Young Adult novels at that time had put gay characters fair and square in the centre of the story, and such a wonderful story, at that. Paul has known that he was gay from a very young age and he has the full support of his caring family, friends and school. So life seems unfailingly good. However, through Paul’s friends, we see that not all gay young men find life so easy: Noah has been badly hurt in a past relationship, Kyle is afraid to acknowledge his own gay sexuality whilst Tony feels he must hide his gay self out of respect for his deeply religious (but loving) parents. As Paul attempts to navigate the path of friendship and burgeoning love, there are moments of laughter and moments of real tenderness. This is a beautifully crafted and uplifting story.
Highly Recommended (Deb Marshall)