Sunday, February 12, 2012

Boy Meets Boy

I'm currently slogging my way through A Feast for Crows, which is the slowest novel in the Game of Thrones series. I decided to take a break and enjoy Boy Meets Boy, a beautiful confection by David Levithan.

As the title suggests, the novel follows the classic romantic plot structure, this time with male characters. Levithan creates a world where sexual preferences are beside the point--it is a high school where a cross dressing football player can be the homecoming queen, the PFLAG group is as large as the PTA, and where any combination of sexes in a relationship is common. In this hopeful world, Paul has a great group of friends, a supportive family, and many opportunities. When he messes up his budding relationship with a new student, Paul must be creative to win him back.

There is so much to love about this novel. This world of acceptance is what I wish for everyone. Levithan's writing is appealing and so many of the details made me say, "I wish I had thought of that!" On his website, David Levithan addresses the question about if this book is unrealistic, “I’m often asked if the book is a work of fantasy or a work of reality, and the answer is right down the middle – it’s about where we’re going, and where we should be.”

I will be leading a discussion on this book for members of my graduate school cohort. In my southern, rural university, the views on homosexuality run the gamut. As an entry point to the discussion, I've gathered very broad quotes and will give each person one to consider how it connects to the characters, our future students, and themselves. I hope this exercise highlights the similarities between all people and encourages a thoughtful, sensitive discussion.

The quotes are included below:

“I am three notes in the middle of a song.” P.3
“What you feel is absolutely right for you. Always remember that.” P. 8
“It’s a mighty thin border between peer pressure and bravery.” P. 20
“My life is crazy, and there’s not a single thing I can do about it.” P.26
“Who am I to approve or disapprove? If she’s happy, then good for her.” P. 28
“…it’s clear he’s seeing her just as she wants to be seen. So few people do that.” P. 34

“I guess hurt is essentially a firsthand emotion.” P. 43
“I know people always talk about living in the middle of nowhere—there’s always another place (some city, some foreign country) they’d rather be. But it’s moments like this that I feel like I live in the middle of somewhere. My somewhere.” P.58
“Sometimes the space between knowing what to do and actually doing it is a very short walk. Other times it is an impossible expanse.” P.98

1 comment:

  1. I really like the idea of using different quotes as a jumping off point for discussion. I think it would work well for a teen book club as well! good luck in class :)


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