Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Boy Meets Boy by David Levithan

Title: Boy Meets Boy
Author: David Levithan
Publication Date: September 9, 2003
Length: 6 hours (audiobook)

Boy Meets Boy is a sweet teen romance story that takes place in a town that has more than the average amount of acceptance for LGBT+ people. Gay students are totally accepted by their peers, and a trans girl named Infinite Darlene is both the homecoming queen and the quarterback. The story is told by Paul, who meets the new boy, Noah, and falls head over heels. Of course, complications ensue, including an ex-boyfriend who suddenly needs Paul's help, and a best friend (Joni) who starts dating a total jerk.

I enjoyed the setting of this novel. While it's often described as utopian, David Levithan has said that he intended it to be basically the real world as it is currently becoming. Basically it's one town in which progress has been made to the point where LGBT+ people are just accepted for who they are. (It's not the whole world; just one town over is Paul's friend Tony, whose religious parents are more familiar to people living in the real world.) It was refreshing to read a story about gay characters whose biggest problems are misunderstandings with new boyfriends.

Tony was one of my favourite characters, showing the most growth over the course of the story. He goes from hiding his whole life from his parents to finally standing up to them and forcing them to see him as he really is.

One warning: I'm assuming it's because this book is over a decade old, but the treatment of Infinite Darlene is not the greatest. Throughout the story she seems to be pretty clearly portrayed as a trans girl, but then near the end they suddenly call her a drag queen. So, that was weird. In my mind she will remain definitely a girl, no matter how much football she plays.

On the audiobook: I listened to the Full Cast Audio production of this book, and it was excellent. I've read reviews of this book saying that the narrative was flat, but I think it's impossible to see it that way when hearing it read by Nicholas Robideau, who portrayed Paul in this edition. Good acting, music, and other sounds combined to make this better than the average audiobook I've listed to.

4 stars.

Sunday, April 24, 2016

Dewey's 24 Hour Read-a-Thon: The Late Hours (23:00-4:30)

Well, for the first time ever, I gave up early on a read-a-thon! From 11:00 until perhaps 2:00 or so, I was reading The Girlfriend by R.L. Stine, and it was sufficiently scary and suspenseful to keep me awake. However, when I finished that one and switched to The Prairie Dog Conspiracy by Eric Wilson, the exhaustion hit me. I also wasn't feeling great, so I decided to call it a night a couple hours early. I think that my everyday level of exhaustion lately was just too much for staying up for 24 hours to be physically possible! By the next read-a-thon, I will have substantially less homework, and hopefully will be better rested and able to complete the whole thing.

Total books read: 3.5
Total pages read: 833

Saturday, April 23, 2016

Dewey's 24 Hour Read-a-Thon: The Busy/Grumpy Hours (11:00-23:00)

So, I ended up being out of the house for a lot of the daytime hours. I carried a book with me and read when I could. Over the last 12 hours all I read was the Spike Omnibus, which is 465 pages long. I chose that book for the busy hours because I figured the graphic novels would go faster so I'd feel like I was making progress even when I wasn't reading steadily. I didn't take into account that this was also the longest book on my pile!

So basically I spent a chunk of this time out and about (granted, having fun with friends and with babies!) and another chunk of this time grumpy that I wasn't able to spend the whole read-a-thon at home reading. Oh well. Time to make the most of the overnight hours, when no one's awake to distract me! :D

Total pages so far: 614
Total books so far: 2

Dewey's 24 Hour Read-a-Thon: The Early Hours (7:00-11:00)

Happy read-a-thon day!!!

I'll be updating sporadically throughout the day. I have a few places I have to be today (Alas, the whole world refuses to pause for the read-a-thon! What gives?), but I'll still be reading for the majority of the 24 hours.

Behold, my TBR pile!

So far, in the first 4 hours (parts of which were very sleepy), I have read The Attack (Animorphs #26) by K.A. Applegate, which is 149 pages long, so that's my total as of now! Not terribly impressive, but the first hour I was barely awake and after that there were constant minor interruptions! So hopefully my speed will improve and I'll make it through my pile by the end. :)

Happy reading everyone!

Tuesday, January 5, 2016

2016 Diversity on the Shelf Challenge

I'm happy to see someone's hosting this challenge again! This will be my third time participating. The first time made me realise that almost everything I read is by white people. The second time made me a little more aware of that and I did a bit better, but still way off balance. In hopes of continuing this trend, I'm moving up a level this year to 2nd shelf, challenging myself to read 7-12 books by or about people of colour.

I'll list the books I read for this challenge below.
  1. Stealing Nasreen by Farzana Doctor
  2. Sugar Falls: A Residential School Story by David Alexander Robertson
  3. Princeless, vol. 2: Get Over Yourself by Jeremy Whitley
  4. Princeless, vol. 3: The Pirate Princess by Jeremy Whitley
  5. Princeless, vol. 1: Save Yourself by Jeremy Whitley
  6. Amulet, vol. 1: The Stonekeeper by Kazu Kibuishi

2016 Women Challenge

I'm always happy to sign up for the one challenge I never fail! :) A little over half of everything I read is written by women. But even though the challenge is easy for me, I like that it keeps me aware of the genders of the authors I read. I will once again be signing up for the level of Wonder Woman, requiring me to read 20+ books written by women.

I'll list the books I read for this challenge below.
  1. Winds of L'Acadie by Lois Donovan
  2. Castle Hangnail by Ursula Vernon
  3. Stealing Nasreen by Farzana Doctor
  4. Room by Emma Donoghue
  5. No Humans Involved (Women of the Otherworld #7) by Kelley Armstrong
  6. Allegiant (Divergent #3) by Veronica Roth
  7. Born With Teeth by Kate Mulgrew
  8. Dead Boy by Laurel Gale
  9. Small Saul by Ashley Spires
  10. Fairest of All (Whatever After #1) by Sarah Mlynowski
  11. The Attack (Animorphs #26) by K.A. Applegate
  12. Word Nerd by Susin Nielsen
  13. The Lottery and Other Stories by Shirley Jackson
  14. Beyond Belief: My Secret Life Inside Scientology and My Harrowing Escape by Jenna Miscavige Hill
  15. Startled By His Furry Shorts (Confessions of Georgia Nicolson #7) by Louise Rennison
  16. The Insomniacs by Karina Wolf

Wednesday, December 30, 2015

2016 LGBTQIA Challenge

This reading challenge is for books that feature a main character who is LGBTQIA. This goes well with my ongoing efforts to diversify my reading. I'll be starting off easy with level Orange - 6-12 books.

I'll list the books I read for this challenge below.
  1. Stealing Nasreen by Farzana Doctor
  2. Boy Meets Boy by David Levithan