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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He has feelings of superiority over his contemporaries and is privately just as judgmental of them as they are of him. I find it even more ridiculous when authors characterize villains as only evil and protagonists as pure and saint-like.

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. I thought it was interesting that I happened to read a book by a Princeton graduate right on the heels of “Admission,” the novel about the admissions process at Princeton.

Even still, I was pulling for him in the end, hoping his parents would come through for him and give him the kind of support he needed to get through his socially awkward, self-realizing phase.

I will never respond emotionally the way he does. I picked up the book as the back of it described an interesting character. Jan dakesh, Ankur rated it it was amazing. Surrounded by examples of upstanding Indian Americans–in his own home, in his temple, at the weekly parties given by his parents’ friends–Kiran nevertheless finds it impossible to get the knack of “normalcy. This is a good book about finding yourself, acceptance with a bit of Indian eatyal and spirituality b,ue in.

Kiran tells his mother that he is going to buy poetry, which is why she is confused in the encounter with sxtyal teacher. Blue Boy is an extremely entertaining, heart Takesh is a sixth-grade student who knows he’s different from his fellow classmates, but in his mind, different is better.

Blue Boy by Rakesh Satyal

The style is good, but Kiran is not at all believable. That’s no easy feat to accomplish. The protagonist struggles to find himself among the crowd and turns to the blue Hindu God Krishna, whom he identifies himself with. Who’d have guessed that a novel from the perspective of a smart, artistic, and flamboyant sixth-grade boy could cover rakeshh much emotional ground? For a debut novelist, Rakesh Satyal is uncommonly bold and precise, and his narrator — hilarious, gay, Indian, stumblingly adolescent Kiran — is unforgettable.

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Second thing I did not like was that the book is too descriptive. 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.

Wildly, he enjoys ballet, the school talent show, playing with dolls and putting on his mother’s makeup. Jul 14, Spider the Doof Warrior rated it really liked it. We will never be more than two containers, full of the same blood but different in size, shape, owners.

Sneaking around his own house to do things that make him happy playing with dolls and putting on makeup. The author graduated from Princeton’s rakesy writing program, and some of the story is based in his own life and experience.

The message that the author tries to get across is that parents with gay children are usually oblivious to their children’s desires, needs, and sexuality. But all of the things that make Kiran who he is cause him to be ostracized by his peers, which he just doesn’t understand. He has an amazing sense of self in spite of the ridicule Blue Boy is eatyal beautifully written, bittersweet story about an Indian-American adolescent growing up in Ohio, discovering how different he is from everyone around him.

Cincinnati in the early s isn’t exactly a hotbed of cultural diversity, and Kiran’s not-so-well-kept secrets don’t endear him to any group.

For Kiran Sharma, a long, strange trip is about to begin — a journey so byo, so ridiculous, so painfully beautiful, that it can only lead to the truth….

Trivia About Blue Boy. There were also other heartbreaking bits: They want to express themselves and be true to their nature but at the same time they want to fit in. He’s a pre-adolescent boy who doesn’t have any friends and is looked upon as “weird” rakssh school because of his predisposition to be more feminine than masculine.

But you’re really left feeling, in the very end, that it’s about Kiran’s identity, and that who HE IS is important. Quotes from Blue Boy. Saatyal belongs to the mind, and mine belongs to the heart. Preview — Blue Boy by Rakesh Satyal. I believe that the author’s idea of incorporating humor into the novel was a good one because it is enjoyable, and at the same time he allows the protagonist to “blow steam off.

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He still takes a risk and expresses his true self in the mirror. stayal

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Yes, the book is about gender identity and racial identity and ethnic identity and religious identity. And because zatyal all of these things there is almost always a desperate need for the protagonist to prove himself to others as worthwhile, to excel.

Maybe I’m just swept away by all the references to Strawberry Shortcake and The Babysitters’ Clubbut I felt like Satyal really knew something about my childhood and the way I grew up, even though my story and Kiran’s are so drastically different. Kiran, just came off as a little snot Gown trumps beach attire.

I guess that depends on the reader in question. Also, there are scenes such as the makeup scene all throughout the book that make the novel a page turner.

Book review: Blue Boy by Rakesh Satyal

We are still a long way from gay children feeling comfortable and accepted for who they are but we are moving in a positive direction. As an only son, Kiran has obligations–to excel in his studies, to honor the deities, to find a nice Indian girl, and, above all, to make his mother and father proud–standard st Meet Kiran Sharma: Jul 11, Stephanie rated it it was ok.

The book is also interesting in the way it stands as a document in the evolution of coming out stories through the years. 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 and lonely it may be sometimes.

They like to play with dolls, put on makeup, sing out loud, perform songs us Who doesn’t have a soft spot in their heart for the little gay boy who loves the talent show and Strawberry Shortcake?

He has his mind set on the upcoming talent show and how he will win over everybody with his sure-to-be-spectacular performance. Not overseasoned with pretty words but still flavored with literary mastership thanks to Princetonand most of all, biting humor.

Jan 13, Jim rated it it was amazing. He has an amazing sense of self in spite of the ridicule and scorn he is subject to from the Indian community, his classmates, and even his parents.