Imagine a perfect world where a boy can walk down the street holding the hand of another boy and not feel shame or the awkward and judgmental stares of those who he passes. This world is exactly what David Levithan creates in his young adult novel Boy Meets Boy. Paul, our protagonist and narrator, lives in a town where more people are members of the local PFLAG chapter than the PTA. It is the perfect town in which to grow up, especially if you’re gay.
I could do my best to give you the plot of the story, but my best would not match up to the authors own words: “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.”
If you are looking to put a LGBT book into the hands of a young adult, this is an excellent choice. There is little to no objectionable content. Even though it is a love story, the plot is strictly PG. Levithan’s language is a bit hard to digest at first – maybe because the world he is creating seems (sadly) so far fetched. But, once you buy into the idea that there could be a world where sexual orientation is not a big deal, it really is a great YA book.