Satyal’s lovely coming-of-age debut charts an Indian-American boy’s transformation from mere mortal to Krishnaji, the blue-skinned Hindu deity. Rakesh Satyal is an American novelist, best known for his Lambda Literary Award-winning debut novel Blue Boy. Blue Boy won the Prose/Poetry Award. Read Blue Boy by Rakesh Satyal by Rakesh Satyal by Rakesh Satyal for free with a 30 day free trial. Read eBook on the web, iPad, iPhone and Android.

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Jul 25, Larry H rated it it was amazing. There is the scene in the park when Kirtan inadvertently stumbles upon three teenagers having raunchy sex, the weekend party at the home of family friends when Kirtan is outed in front of everyone for playing with makeup, and the climactic talent show scene.

At first, the change surprises and unsettles you, but then you take in the surprise and embrace it and wish life could always be so gloriously unpredictable…. I am the calm in the middle of the battle. His self-conclusion rakrsh be used a defense for gay equality, including same-sex marriage.

This distraction is easy to ignore, however, given the sheer pleasure of the tale and how expertly the plot pulls you in and keeps you engaged. Playing with dolls, choosing ballet over basketball, taking the annual talent show way too seriously.

Let that sink in. Won’t be reading him again. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. By the end of the book, however, I was willing to satal that he was there largely as a cipher — a sexy, older, deep-voiced grown-up on whom Kirtan was able to project his emerging desires. We will never be more than two containers, full of the same blood but different in size, shape, owners.

And while he is well-equipped with the skills to amuse himself in raesh solitariness, he also yearns for friendship, companionship, and understanding. Yes, the book is about gender identity and racial identity and ethnic identity and religious identity. The book chronicles the life of twelve-year-old Kirtan as he struggles with his Indian-American identity, gender expression, and burgeoning sexuality. Shocked that my book club liked it overall. Satysl the story works up to the dramatic denouement — the school talent show — Kirtan literally begins to see himself as a reincarnation of the Blue God, with tragic, but ultimately redemptive consequences.


As worst, however, it ssatyal boring, drawn-out, and ultimately dissatisfying. Mar 24, Katie rated it it was amazing Shelves: Worth a close read, and you’ll enjoy every minute of it! They like to play with dolls, rakwsh on makeup, sing out loud, perform rqkesh usually only sung by women and they are adorable doing it.

Nope, I don’t buy Kiran on any level.

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You can use these HTML tags and attributes: He’s a great kid. One of the biggest inconsistencies I noticed is the writer frequently switches between the innocence and nativity of a preteen boy Kiran the hero of t The book takes a peek into the life of a preteen boy discovering his sexuality, and talks about how difficult it can be for a child due to cultural, or family situations to be who he or she really is.

I am blue, too.

Mar 22, Jennie rated it did not like it Shelves: This one made me laugh out loud over and over again. Especially when he is a little gay, first generation American with traditional Punjab parents? Leave a Reply Click here to cancel reply.

So, I pushed “Download to My Kindle” and didn’t look back. The narrator of this book is Kiran, a 12 year old Indian boy, growing up in Ohio who just doesn’t seem to fit in bly. By doing so the author touches on a topic that most gay boys have to struggle with. It is hard to know if I enjoyed this book as much as I did because it felt so familiar – I suspect it’s impossible to know – but I’d certainly recommend it to a wide range of friends.

Aug ralesh, Thomas Marzella rated it really liked it. He has his mind set on the upcoming talent show and how he will win over everybody with his sure-to-be-spectacular performance. That’s part of the joy of reading this book. Of course, his fury stems from being an outcast—having to sit alone in the middle of a field while the other kids play. A scoop of sequins. I It started off well and I bonded with the whole family. Kiran’s humor stems from his anger with the bullies who make him a social outcast.

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Thanks for telling us about the problem. Bittersweet, tender, occasionally contrived and deeply in tune with adolescence but funny? The book is also interesting in ralesh way it stands as a document in the evolution of coming out stories through the years. In other words, not much happens in this novel.

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He likes dolls better than sports. Feb 13, Queen rated it it was amazing Shelves: For obvious reasons, this raeksh disturbing. The tone of the author is also sarcastic and funny but at the same time serious which makes the novel intriguing and interesting.

This doesn’t just pertain specifically to the LBGT community but to people who are being bullied in general.

Kiran, just came off as a little snot One of the biggest inconsistencies I noticed is the writer frequently switches between the innocence and nativity of a preteen boy Kiran the hero of the book and the understanding and maturity of an adult.

Email will not be published required. This character is certainly beset by some headwinds, but for all ralesh his ostracism he makes fun of people with disabilities and view spoiler [implicates a bunch raksh teenagers for school arson just because they made fun of him once and didn’t especially love hanging out with him Now I need to read this author’s other novel immediately!

In some ways the book is an odd mix of genres; at times it feels like a sweet, sassy young adult book, at other times it sits squarely in the adult gay fiction world.

I picked up the book as the back of it described an interesting character.