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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Kiran is a snapshot character, colourful and diverting but viewed for only a few months of childhood. As the book is narrated by the boy in first person, some of the descriptions and thoughts seem very unnatural for his age.

I’m definitely not a prude, but I think I found blu embarrassed because I glue reading it through the eyes of a child. I never did get my copy back, and when I heard the author had a new book coming out, I decided to purchase the e-book version of this since I’ve graduated to e-reading so I could re-read it.

I read a physical copy of this book many years ago, and loved it so much that I kept lending it to bkue so they could read it. He is drawn to pink, dressing up, makeup, Strawberry Shortcake, and the finer things in life. He’s a great kid.

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They want to express themselves and be true to their nature but at the same time they want to fit in. I became so invested rakssh what Kiran was doing, despite frequently flinching and thinking, “No, Kiran!

His book readings are well-attended and very entertaining. He so identifies with Krishna that Kiran starts molding his life on the deity—eating butter and practicing the flute. A concise, story focused version of this book would have been much better to read.

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

The schoolyard reveals deeper desires. I really couldn’t stand this book, I gave up about 50 pages in. This book was one of the first books I was lead to by this site. As the prospect of homo puppy love emerges, Kiran backtracks somewhat with a sporty friend who introduces him to Playboy magazine.

This book was, on so many levels, a surprise to me – and a delightful one at that. His grammatical lbue alienates him from his classmates he even stays after school to study advanced language arts with one of his teachers. I can’t believe you vould object to poetry! He is completely his age: I picked up the book as the back of it described an interesting character. And because of all of these things there is almost always a desperate need for the protagonist to prove himself vlue others as worthwhile, to excel.


I was drawn to this book because the name of the main character, Kiran, is similar to the name of one of my sons Kieran. Kiran tells his mother that he is going to buy poetry, which is why she is confused in the encounter with the teacher.

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

Mar 01, Martin rated it really liked it. Satyal not only makes the novel humorous but also sends out a message by doing so. Want to Read saving…. Dec 07, Nick Daiker rated it it was ok. And he fares no better with his fellow Indian-American acquaintances whom he associates with mostly because their parents socialize on a weekly basis. Lambda Award Winner Many gay coming of age stories, in fiction and in real life, share some common elements: 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 Sh At the beginning of Rakesh Satyal’s debut novel Blue BoyKiran Sharma gets a big splinter in his butt while being tormented on a wooden balance beam by two of his bitchy sixth-grade classmates.

Bittersweet, tender, occasionally contrived and deeply in tune with adolescence but funny? Kirtan narrates the story, but the voice is not particularly believable as that of even the most precocious, gifted twelve-year-old.

Book review: Blue Boy by Rakesh Satyal

Mar 22, Joanna rated it it was ok. Dec 27, Conor rated it did not like it Shelves: Satyal has written a book that’s by turns laugh-out-loud funny and touching, and he’s a gimlet-eyed observer of childhood.

I just adored this book. He has an amazing sense of self in spite of the ridicule Blue Boy is a beautifully written, bittersweet story about an Indian-American adolescent growing up in Ohio, vlue how different he is from everyone around him.

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.


Perhaps the solution to the mystery of his existence has been before sayyal since birth. However the author interview makes me wonder if I missed the point since he mentioned “laugh” and “funny” which weren’t part sagyal my reading experience. I also thought the Country Crock bit was gratuitous and the Penthouse scene contrived. By incorporating the blue God into Kiran’s identity the author makes the novel creative, rskesh, and humorous.

Blue Boy by Rakesh Satyal

They reject him at every turn, and his cretinous public schoolmates are no better. This is not a Pulitzer Prize, Booker Prize or any other prize winner but sxtyal is an honest portrait of a little boy going against all the grains and being who he knows that he is, sticking to his guns and doing it loud and proud.

The posturing of a tit can vary so greatly, and yet the allure of it never dissi I really couldn’t stand this book, I gave up about 50 pages in. Second thing I did not like was that the book is too descriptive. 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.

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. Can someone tell me what page each chapter starts on for this book? This can only end in badness! The core of what Kiran feels – the insecurity, the cultural homelessness, the conviction that he is special – is “true” to the age, the place, and the South Asian American experience. In Blue Boy we see how one gay adolescent learns to accept his orientation and his ethnicity and even, in the end, feel triumphant for his trials and tribulations: