Satyal’s lovely coming-of-age debut charts an Indian-American boy’s transformation from mere mortal to Krishnaji, the blue-skinned Hindu deity. 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. 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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Please use kind words. Jun 07, Laura rated it really liked it Shelves: Jul raesh, Larry H rated it it was amazing. My crying proves right everything that my father is accusing me of. On one occasion Kiran wears an orange neon coat to school, and finds his desk covered in Barbie stickers.

Tilted forward, the iris of the eye looking at the ground, the rest of the flesh flatly stretching. Terrific characters, plot, settings, and themes. Rakesh wrote a fantastic and hilarious novel call Blue Boy that won a Lambda Award. The satyap part of the story that I struggled with is the role of the somewhat shady Rodney, a park ranger who makes cameo bluee in a few key moments in the story.

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As the book is narrated by the boy in first person, some of the descriptions and thoughts seem very unnatural for his age. Boys his age have always caused him to feel uptight. Here, Satyal manages voy weave a lovely story with multidimensional characters into an amusing web. The kids at school constantly poke fun of him, his Indian counterparts do the same, leaving him friendless, confused and questioning himself.


Dec 07, Nick Daiker rated it it was ok. And he was born for the stage.

An insightful book that reminds us how rakezh ultimately liberating–it can be to accept our own uniqueness in spite of the opinions of others. What nine year old would feel comfortable talking to their parents about sexual feelings.

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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. Feb 27, Eric Klee rated it liked it. This novel is a coming of age story, it is intended for mature audiences and contains explicit sex scenes. Perhaps if it had been told by an ble Kiran looking back on his twelve-year-old self, I would have found it more realistic.

A concise, story focused version of this book would have been much better to read. Nope, I don’t buy Kiran on any level. His belongs rakeshh the mind, and mine belongs to the heart.

Blue Boy by Rakesh Satyal

One morning he wakes up, looks in the mirror and is shocked to find his skin beginning to turn a faint shade of blue. He’s intrigued by his mother’s makeup drawer, takes ballet class instead of basketball, is tremendously focused on his schoolwork and is determined xatyal show everyone how amazing he is at this year’s talent show.

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 vlue the book. Jul 14, Spider the Doof Warrior rated it really liked it.


I am the calm in the middle of the battle. Read a review of Blue Bule here. Kiran is an only child, and even within marginalized communities Indian Americans, the sexually precocious, the academically advanced he often finds himself alone. He secretly keeps a Barbie under his bed, loves ballet, and takes the annual school talent show more seriously than absolutely necessary.

He is awakening to his sexuality at the age raesh 12, so it’s a bit uncomfortable. I am blue, too. They reject him at every turn, and his cretinous public schoolmates are no better. Saytal lives a rather schizophrenic life, alternating between weekdays spent at his mostly non-Indian school and weekends spent with his parents and their extended community of Indian immigrants.

Will Kiran’s act be a success, will he finally get the recognition and approval he is seeking, or will this just be another failed attempt to unveil who he really is?

I highlighted so many raeksh in this book, so many quotes that I related to, and I had forgotten some of the more sad moments, which caused lumps to form in my throat.

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