Boy Meets Boy
In an alternate reality where (almost) everyone's sexuality is out in the open and (almost) no one cares, Paul meets artistic, thoughtful … perfect … Noah.
For a while, Paul is pretty confused, especially when his ex-boyfriend Kyle walks back into the picture. Paul is lucky enough to have loyal friends who are both gay and straight, along with Infinite Darlene, to help him through his confusion. However, when he needs her most, his best friend Joni enters a controlling relationship and refuses to talk to him. When Paul makes a huge dating faux pas (kissing the ex-boyfriend) and rumors begin to fly, Paul needs his friends now more than ever to help him salvage the best relationship of his life.
BOY MEETS BOY is the book that the teen literature world has been waiting for: it's insightful and funny, with definite guy appeal. Though it deals primarily with homosexual relationships, it shows that many teens have the same questioning thoughts on love and dating, regardless of gender. While Paul's sexuality is undoubtedly important to him, he doesn't dwell on it. The support he gets from his family, as well as his self-confidence, allows him to help his best friend Tony, whose parents do not support him after he tells them he's gay.
Though the main character is gay, BOY MEETS BOY is not a book aimed exclusively at gay, lesbian and bisexual teens. It should be read by anyone who has ever had a crush, has met and almost lost a great person in his/her life, has at least one good friend, or is brave enough to stand up for what he/she cares about.
Reviewed by Carlie Kraft Webber on September 9, 2003