A Free Dreamer YA Review: Boy Meets Boy by David Levithan


Rating: 4 stars out of 5

Boy Meets Boy This is the story of Paul, a sophomore at a high school like no other: The cheerleaders ride Harleys, the homecoming queen used to be a guy named Daryl (she now prefers Infinite Darlene and is also the star quarterback), and the gay-straight alliance was formed to help the straight kids learn how to dance.

When Paul meets Noah, he thinks he’s found the one his heart is made for. Until he blows it. The school bookie says the odds are 12-to-1 against him getting Noah back, but Paul’s not giving up without playing his love really loud. His best friend Joni might be drifting away, his other best friend Tony might be dealing with ultra-religious parents, and his ex-boyfriend Kyle might not be going away anytime soon, but sometimes everything needs to fall apart before it can really fit together right.

This is a happy-meaningful romantic comedy about finding love, losing love, and doing what it takes to get love back in a crazy-wonderful world.

Boy Meets Boy“ by David Levithan is a young adult book set in a small town in the USA.

Paul is gay, has always liked boys and has always known he prefers boys over girls. The first time he realized not every boy had the same preferences as him was in kindergarten. His kindergarten teacher wrote on his report that he was definitely and that he was also very sure of himself. Now he is in his sophomore year and falls in love with Noah, the new boy in school.

“Boy Meets Boy” features a set of very unique characters, such as Infinite Darlene, a male to female trans girl, who is prom queen and star football player at the same time.

Paul’s town is a bit of a utopia. Nobody gets hate for their sexual preferences and everybody is accepted just as they are. That definitely takes some getting used to. It was a little hard for me to get into the story at first, but eventually I ended up loving it.

Homophobia is an important topic nonetheless, since Tony’s parents, think their son will be damned and go to hell for being gay. Paul does his best to help his friend and make life easier for him. I really enjoyed that part of the story. The deep friendship between the two was obvious from the start.

The love story between Noah and Paul was slow to unfold and there were definitely some obstacles to overcome before their eventual happily ever after. Paul comes up with some very unique and creative ideas to woo his love interest and make up for his mistakes.

I loved how the author managed to make homo- and transphobia an issue and yet a non-issue at the same time. I liked Paul from the beginning, even if I didn’t always agree with his choices.

“Boy Meets Boy” is a light, fun read that left me with a smile at the end. It was very funny and there were quite a few laugh-out-loud scenes in there. I can’t wait to get my hands on more books by this author.

If you like your YA love stories to be a little strange, with some very quirky and unique characters, then go for it.  Just don’t expect a deeply serious coming-of-age story.

The tenth anniversary edition also features a special short story about Infinite Darlene. It’s set on Valentine’s Day and tells about her first date with a male cheerleader. I quite enjoyed that little story as well.

Cover: The cover is very simplistic, with the all blue background and three candy hearts with the title in them. I actually quite like it though. It’s cute and fits the story.

Sale Link:  Amazon

Book Details:

Kindle Edition, 226 pages
Published February 19th 2009 by Knopf Books for Young Readers (first published September 9th 2003)
Original TitleBoy Meets Boy
Edition LanguageEnglishsettingNew Jersey (United States)

Literary AwardsLambda Literary Award (2003), Abraham Lincoln Award Nominee (2008)

A Free Dreamer Review: Lima Oscar Victor Echo and The Truth About Everything by Suki Fleet


Rating: 5 stars out of 5         ★★★★★

Lima Oscar Victor EchoGrowing up in a small village in Wales with a domineering homophobic father, Oscar has always believed he has to hide his real feelings.

He’s hidden his heart from everyone, but most of all from his best friend, Jamie–who also happens to be the boy he’s in love with. 
But when a film Oscar makes about love and acceptance is chosen to be in the finals of a national competition, everything he’s hidden about himself threatens to be revealed.

Now Oscar thinks he must make the choice between the life he knows and the people he loves, and the life he wishes he had. 
But life holds far more secrets and promises than Oscar expects.

I probably shouldn’t have loved this story as much as I did. There’s the gay guy falling for the straight guy trope, which I usually hate, it’s rather fluffy, when I’m a fluff-hater, and it’s a short story, when I prefer novels with 250+ pages. But this is Suki Fleet, and it’s free, so I figured I’d give it a shot. And it was so worth it.

Now, this isn’t your typical Suki Fleet story. It’s a lot less bitter and a lot sweeter than the usual things she writes and yet I still found myself in tears by the end.

This wasn’t the typical GFY trope, where the straight guy remains straight, even once he’s in a relationship with another guy. Jamie has doubted his sexuality for a while now, but with everything that’s happened over the last year or so, he just hasn’t had the emotional capacity to really worry about that. And Oscar isn’t out to the world at all and very much convinced that the love of his love will never return his feelings.

Both MCs were absolutely lovable. They were so different and yet they worked so well with each other. It was beautiful to watch them slowly become more than friends. The romance was breathtakingly beautiful and felt so incredibly real to me.

The little bit of angst that was there, was wonderfully done. Not too much to drag the whole story down, but just enough to counterbalance the otherwise very sweet tone of the rest. There was some homophobia and Oscar’s worries about coming out and I found myself just as worried as Oscar. I just couldn’t really see a satisfying solution for all the problems presented, and yet the ending was simply perfect. It was so incredibly romantic I suddenly found myself tearing up over it.

I loved how both MCs’ passions got so many on-page scenes and how they played an essential role in the whole plot. That was wonderfully done and I could easily relate to the joy they both felt when playing music and creating animations.

Overall, a beautiful little YA adult story about coming out and falling in love. It’s a lot lighter than Suki Fleet’s other works and it’s free, so this is the perfect chance to give her a try.

Cover: The wonderful cover was done by the author herself. It’s unique and works really well with the story.

Sales Links:  Free at Goodreads M/M Romance Group

Book details:

ebook, 83 pages
Published June 7th 2015 by M/M Romance Group @ Goodreads
Edition LanguageEnglish
CharactersOscar Moore, Jamie (Lima Oscar Victor Echo…)
setting Llanitheth, Wales (United Kingdom)
Newport, Wales (United Kingdom)
Llanhilleth, Wales (United Kingdom