DNF Review: Boy Meets Boy by David Levithan


boy meets boyThis 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.


My Review

DNFing this book feels like a very sensitive, moronic, awkward thing to do. Definition: I’m not really sure how people are going to react. The title is Boy Meets Boy. Therefore, if I don’t like the book then that makes me come across as a judgmental jerk. Not the case at all. In fact, I wanted to read this title because of the male romance. I mean, come on, my favorite all time TV show is Queer as Folk. Yet, it wasn’t the male relationship that inevitable turned me away from this book. No, it was the complete fairy tale purple haze of nonsense that surrounded this book.

Everything in this book was completely unbelievable! I tried to shed away my judgment and look for some hidden meaning between the pages. I came away with nothing. There is no school, town, planet, whatever as insane as the settings included in this book. Nothing added up. Nothing made sense. Everything was way too over the top.

I’m not sure if the book became more mellow as it progressed (I only made it 50 pages in,) but I was literally getting a headache. You know that feeling you get when you’re required to read something for school and it feels like it’s taking 80 years just to finish one page? That’s how it felt reading this book. I felt as if I were being forced to read each and every page and it started to feel like a punishment. Reading shouldn’t be like that, so I put it down and picked something else up.

My judgment isn’t to say that the writing wasn’t brilliant, because it was. I was able to recognize the power of the writing and the romance Levithan breathes into every word. That didn’t cut it for me. It was just too unrealistic and over the top. And maybe that’s how the author wanted the book to be; maybe that’s why some people love the book so much. It didn’t work for me, though, and I have absolutely no interest in finishing it.


Pages: 185

Publication Date: May 10th, 2005

Publisher: Alfred A. Knopf

Rating: DNF


  1. As soon as I saw the DNF, I wanted to read your reasoning because this is one of my most favorite books (I even got my old copy signed by him at YALLFest last year). Levithan has said that the book is meant to be unrealistic, at least in these current times, but it shows how the world can be (hopefully) someday in the future, when there’s no prejudice or judgment against GLBT people and everyone can be who they are openly. I don’t know if that thought would make you change your mind about reading the book (no worries if it doesn’t), but that’s why it’s a special book for me (aside from the cute romance at the center of it and Levithan’s wonderful writing).

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