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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Boys his age have always caused him to feel uptight.

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Still, a good read. The kids at school constantly poke fun of him, his Indian counterparts do the same, leaving him friendless, confused and questioning himself.

I knew I was in for a good read when I laughed aloud and hard by page 2, seeing my father’s faucet-polishing towel in my mind’s eye as Kiran described his father’s. As most of the novel takes place in Kiran’s head, there rakeh very little interaction between characters and rkaesh dialogue to balance out the long, descriptive narrative. While reading the novel I was glad eakesh Kiran had something to turn to and express his feelings with, and I wish that everyone could have something like that to turn to.

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. Want to Read Currently Reading Read.

Most young gay boys would not identify themselves as a blue Hindu God which makes the novel very unique. Jul 05, Marie rated it really liked it Shelves: Dec 08, jo rated it it was amazing Shelves: The world can be as uncommonly beautiful as you want it to be as long as you give yourself over to that whimsy, however melancholy datyal lonely it may be sometimes.

For some reason, he finds he relates better to girls.

Jul 25, Larry H rated it it was amazing. Young Kiran Sharma loves all things glittery, musical, and dramatic. They want to express themselves and be true to their nature but at rakessh same time they want to fit in. This is not the case with my classmates [colleagues: But you’re really left feeling, in the very end, that it’s about Kiran’s identity, and that who HE IS is important.


And while he is well-equipped with the skills to amuse himself in his solitariness, he also yearns for friendship, companionship, and understanding. Sharma apologizes again, but you don’t take issues with the sort of garbage that your sun is carrying?

I wanted to like Kiran, but it turns out there’s a reason why everyone loathes him. If we could give half stars on this system, this one would get four and a half.

This connection to something uniquely Indian helps him survive the cruelty and fickleness of the few friends he has at school. Is that what you call it? He still takes a risk and expresses his true self in the mirror.

Kiran absolutely was interesting, but it would have been great to have had some adult insight on his exotic nature Gown trumps beach attire. Jan 28, Ankur rated it it was amazing. satyao

Book review: Blue Boy by Rakesh Satyal

Blue Boy is a beautifully written, bittersweet story about an Indian-American adolescent growing up in Ohio, discovering how different he is from everyone around him. 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.

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…. They both act as de facto playgrounds for local people, all of them looking for a way to escape the mundane together. When he was done, I would have forgotten what was happening in the present, and have to go back and reread.

Yes, the book is about gender identity and racial identity and ethnic identity and religious identity. You feel the tiniest stab of recollection when you rediscover it, but mostly you are in awe of how it was you who wrote down these words and felt something so creative in that moment.


Who’d have guessed that a novel from the perspective of a smart, artistic, and flamboyant sixth-grade boy could cover so much emotional ground? 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, b,ue well as Strawberry Shortcake and her fruit friend Blueberry Muffin or by his burgeoning sexuality.

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Dec 31, Jon Forsyth rated it really liked it. This can only end in badness! Books today try not to do that, but most of them fail because the characters always end up making the right choices in the end. Though they are pertinent to the plot, they may not be suitable for all readers, especially those younger than 15 years old.

Lambda Award Winner Many gay coming of age stories, in fiction and in real life, share some common elements: On one occasion Kiran wears an orange neon coat to school, and finds his desk covered in Barbie stickers. This is a good book about finding yourself, acceptance with a bit of Indian culture and spirituality thrown in. I It started off well and I bonded with the whole family. I picked up the book as the back of it described an interesting character.

If only Kiran had anything in common with the other Indian kids besides the color of his skin. As an only son, Kiran has obligations–to excel in his studies, to honor the deities, to find a satgal Indian girl, and, above all, to make his mother and father proud–standard st Meet Kiran Sharma: