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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Jan 28, Ankur rated it it was amazing. Mar 22, Joanna rated it it was ok. He’s intrigued by his mother’s makeup drawer, takes ballet class instead of basketball, is tremendously focused on his schoolwork and is determined to show everyone how amazing he is at this year’s talent show.

I picked up the book as the back of it described an interesting character. They like to play with dolls, put on makeup, sing out loud, perform songs usually only sung by women and they are adorable doing it. Dec 08, jo rated it it was amazing Shelves: In other words, not much happens in this novel.

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Open Preview See a Noy Playing with dolls; choosing ballet 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…. Who doesn’t have a soft rakedh in their heart for the little blje boy who loves the talent show and Strawberry Shortcake?

Many gay coming of age stories, in fiction and in real life, share some common elements: The author incorporates the sense of struggle to be accepted in Kiran as well as a sense of individuality and expressionism. Young Kiran Sharma loves all things glittery, musical, and dramatic. At what point does the gentle amusement spurred by this sort of writing start to morph into a desire for more substance? This book hits on some pretty mature topics such as a preteen boy discovering his sexuality and coming to the revelation he may not be like all the other boys his age.


Just read the book. Of course, his fury stems from being an rqkesh to sit alone in the middle of a field while the other kids play.

View all 8 comments. Lambda Award Winner Many gay coming of age stories, in fiction and in real life, share some common elements: Playing with dolls, choosing ballet over basketball, taking the annual talent show way too seriously.

The following day he wears a neon orange coat to school and finds his desk plastered with Barbie doll stickers. Challenging HIV stigma with the power of touch See all videos.

It was free so I figured I didn’t have much to lose. By doing so the author touches on a topic that most gay boys have to struggle with.

Aug 08, Emily rated it liked it. Kiran is an only child, and even within marginalized communities Indian Americans, the sexually precocious, the academically advanced he often finds himself alone. Kiran, just came off as a little snot Although the story takes place in and many of the standard situations are in play, Kiran is already much more daring than most gay boys would have been, say, even a decade sayal. I became so invested in what Kiran was doing, despite frequently flinching and thinking, “No, Kiran!

Feb 27, Eric Klee rated it liked it.

Satyal incorporates humor into the novel which makes it quite riveting. I can’t know whether the Indian-community-in-Midwest is an accurate depiction but this former Midwesterner thinks the author has nailed the flat accent and “you’re different” boue. Especially when he is a little gay, first generation American with traditional Punjab parents? Email will not be published required. Through it all, Kiran never questions his own specialness. While reading the book, many times I cringed and thought to myself, “he’s not really going to do that, is he???

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. This book has received many much-deserved sattal as gay literature, Asian-American literature, Indian-American literature, but the piece that kept resonating with me was the broader coming-of-age story.


I related to this character in so many ways, that sometimes it felt like I was reading my childhood memoirs. It gets slower as it progresses instead of picking up pace and makes the reader feel like skipping pages to actually see where, if anywhere, the story is going.

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Nov 05, Amira Soltani added it. And I am a carat stone, baby. An insightful book that reminds us how difficult–and ultimately liberating– Who’d bog guessed that a novel from the perspective of a smart, artistic, and flamboyant sixth-grade boy could cover so much emotional ground? I am blue, too. We are still rakeh long way from gay children feeling comfortable and accepted for who they are but we are moving in a positive direction.

But one doesn’t need to be Indian or Hindu to appreciate this novel or to revel in Kiran’s escapades.

This novel is a coming of age story, it is intended for mature audiences and contains explicit sex scenes. I wanted so much more from this book than what I got.

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 it hard to read and relatively unenjoyable, as there is much description in this book that is completely unnecessary.

Gown trumps beach attire. Clearly Kiran’s gender and ethnic identities heavily influence how his narrative unfolds, satyzl there’s something in his story that any creative misfit child of the 90s can grab onto.