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This was on 'My Contemporary YA TBR.' I honestly can't remember why I put it on there, or how I heard about it in the first place. But there you have it! ;)
Anyhow, I decided to give this and shot and hope for the best. Which I did. And I really enjoyed it!
It's a variation on an old theme; boy meets boy, boy falls in love... etc.
Paul might have a shot with Noah. But everything seems determined to get in the way.
Between friend-drama and ex-boyfriends, will Paul get his man?
'Boy Meets Boy' is like a rom-com in book form. Only without the things I hate about rom-coms, and with the things that I actually like about rom-coms.
This is sweet without being too smushy, quirky without being over the top. And it made me smile. A lot.
The 'minor characters' are complex.
COMPLEX CHARACTERS ALL THE WAY THROUGH. WOOOO!!! (Sorry, I'll calm down.)
I adore Infinite Darlene - the school's quarterback and Homecoming Queen.
(A quarterback is like the star? Right? Like a top striker in football (soccer)? Hope I've got that right. I also assume that a Homecoming Queen is of some importance? Going by what I've gathered from American TV, that is.)
Darlene is witty, bouncy, and takes no b**lsh**. Therefore, she rocks and should've been given more page-time (like screen-time, only, y'know, on pages...)
And the icky-sticky 'please let this work; what if it doesn't work?' -ness of the plot is fab.
A simple plot executed with real feeling, and no insta-love - what more can I ask for, really?
A special mention has to be made of the wacky, quirky, and wonderful town - so well-developed, and with so much random and fun detail in throw-away comments. :)
so great bits:
More Infinite Darlene, PLEASE!!!!!!
Right, now that we've got that dealt with, down to business:
There's some swearing (including one use of 'f****t,') and the vaguest of vague references to sex.
Doesn't bother me at all, but some people dislike such accoutrements (I'm in such a random mood today... sorry.)
In terms of issues which are potentially distressing, we've got: some homophobia from family members, friendship issues, and relationship issues (including obsessiveness in places.)
My main issue - and this really is nit-picking, but it so bugged me - is I kept changing my mind over whether to pronounce 'Joni' like Johnny or like Joanie. It's probably meant to be something else entirely.
I also felt like there was an undertone of 'everyone has to be paired off to be happy' in some places. Which is irritating and untrue.
This book was fun, fresh, and well-worth the read. I enjoyed its quirkiness, and the characters were complex and largely likeable. And Infinite Darlene rules. :)