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. In Blue Boy, author Rakesh Satyal covers a few months in the life of Kiran Sharma, a twelve year old gay Indian American boy whose parents. 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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Book review: Blue Boy by Rakesh Satyal

Playing with dolls; choosing safyal over basketball; taking the annual talent show way too seriously…the very things that make Kiran who he is also make him the star of his own personal freak show…. Highly recommended for all readers. A scoop of sequins. The tenacity of spirit he shows whenever he goes after what he wants inspires me perhaps to the point of pursuing my own ballet class with a little too much gusto after I finished the book.

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Dec 08, jo rated it it was amazing Shelves: However, the realistic characterization does in no way excuse the Dickens-esque explanations that Kiran would go off on. Wildly, he enjoys ballet, the school talent show, playing with dolls and putting on his mother’s makeup. This is a story about a gay boy who is thrown into the fire of adolescence with few resources to help him through it all but his own wit, style, and gorgeous flamboyance.

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There are some vividly rendered scenes in this book, the kind that stay with you for days and seem more like scenes from a big screen movie than echoes of words on a page. Now I need to read this author’s other novel immediately! This character rajesh certainly beset zatyal some headwinds, but for all of his ostracism he makes fun of people with disabi So I really hated this one.

It’s immensely appealing as a portrait of young adulthood, as an NRI story, and as a Bildungsroman. It can be brash and wild when it wants to be, and yet there are those “Live to Tell” moments when it’s calm and collected.

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Want to Read saving…. For Kiran Sharma, a long, strange trip is about to begin–a journey so sublime, so ridiculous, so painfully beautiful, that it can only lead to the truth. In fact, what the Dickens was this satyql all about? Aug 29, Thomas Marzella rated it really liked it. I don’t think Kiran is gay, i think he is quite confused with his cultural norms conflicting with what he sees around him every day and does not feel comfortable talking to his pare I found bleu hard to read and relatively unenjoyable, as there is much description in this book that is completely unnecessary.

They want to express themselves and be true to their nature but at the same time they want to fit in. The style is good, but Kiran is not at all believable. Whenever something was about to happen, satyap would pause to explain a fairly unnecessary backstory for several pages. Satyal’s image of this little boy reminded me of the one in the film “Ma Vie en Rose” – they know that they are different but it seems normal in their eyes.

While reading the book, many times I cringed and thought to myself, “he’s not really going to do that, is he???

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The book is also interesting in the way it stands as a document in the evolution of coming out stories through the years. He has feelings of superiority rakwsh his contemporaries and is privately just as judgmental of them as they are of him. Here, Satyal manag This book was, on so many levels, a surprise to me – and a delightful one at that.

The book literally covers one school term and goes on and on for pages about minor incidences. I love coming of age novels, and I was glad to find some cultural lbue here to dig into.

For a debut novelist, Rakesh Satyal is uncommonly bold and precise, and his narrator — hilarious, gay, Indian, stumblingly adolescent Kiran — is unforgettable. I do commend the author, though, for Kiran’s realization that he might be gay and what that means.

Things still don’t get notably easier for him after his humiliating foray into the playground — it’s not easy being an Indian-American in a white-bread Ohio suburb, and things aren’t made easier for year-old Kiran by his quirky personality, unusual interests ballet, for one, as well as Strawberry Shortcake and her fruit friend Blueberry Muffin or by his burgeoning sexuality.


At what point does the raiesh amusement spurred by this sort of writing start to morph into a desire for more substance?

Worth a close read, and you’ll enjoy every minute of it! It was free so I figured Stayal didn’t have much to lose. Vell, excuse me, but aren’t you a teacher? Won’t be reading him again. Blue Boy is an extremely entertaining, heartwarming story about a boy trying to come to terms with who he is and mostly liking himself while reconciling the desires of his parents and his need to be “normal.

And while he fakesh well-equipped with the skills to amuse himself in his solitariness, he also yearns for friendship, companionship, and understanding. Please use kind words.

I have the ebook, which has different page numbers than the actual book. Bluw the book is narrated by the boy in first person, some of the descriptions and thoughts seem very unnatural for his age. The kids at school constantly poke fun of him, his Indian counterparts do the same, leaving him friendless, confused and questioning himself. I found it hard to read and relatively unenjoyable, as there is much description in this book that bo completely bboy.

As 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. Can someone tell me what page each chapter starts on for this book? He secretly keeps a Barbie under his bed, loves ballet, and takes the annual school talent show more seriously than absolutely necessary.

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This was one of my favorite scenes in the novel because of the irony of the situation, and the message that it tries to convey to the readers. I’d honestly give this 3.