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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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 the book and the understanding and maturity of an adult. While some of the situations Kiran found himself in were somewhat typical, his perspectives on the situations were tremendously unique.

Refresh and try again. I commend the author on picking up such a delicate subject and handling it well. The idea that he actually may be a reincarnation of Krishna comes to him as he takes Sunday religious instruction with a group of other Indian children. The kids at school constantly poke fun of him, his Indian counterparts do the same, leaving him friendless, confused and questioning himself. Did anyone else feel this way? He sounds like a overly poetic 45 year old man trapped in a 6th grader’s body.

Blue Boy by Rakesh Satyal

This one made me laugh out loud over and over again. As worst, however, it was boring, drawn-out, and oby dissatisfying. It also manages to get a laugh out of the reader every now and then.

Aug 08, Emily rated it liked it. As the story works up to the dramatic denouement — the school talent show — Kirtan literally begins to see himself as a reincarnation of the Blue God, with tragic, but ultimately redemptive consequences. He gets his revenge by being a tattletale on an adolescent Indian couple for making out which could have serious repercussions and alarmingly, setting a school room on fire—allowing others to take the blame.

The protagonist struggles to find himself among the crowd and turns to the blue Hindu God Krishna, whom he bog himself with. His belongs to the mind, and mine belongs to the heart. Other than that I really do recommend this novel! It probably surpasses the eloquence of many adults as well.


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…. This character is certainly beset by some headwinds, but for all of his ostracism he makes fun of people with disabilities and view spoiler [implicates a bunch of teenagers for school arson just because they made fun of him once and didn’t especially love hanging out with him 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.

Both cultures have their own rigid ways of enforcing gender roles and sexuality, and neither knows quite what to do with a flaming, smart boy who is slow to self-censure. Here, Satyal manages to weave a lovely story with multidimensional characters into an amusing web. 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 is awakening to his sexuality at the age of 12, so it’s a bit uncomfortable. They both act as de facto playgrounds for local people, all of them looking for a way to escape the mundane together. Satyal incorporates humor into the novel which makes it quite riveting. 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.

Mar 22, Joanna rated it it was ok.

Or staring straight ahead, serene in its sternness. Leave a Reply Click here to cancel reply.

As the prospect of homo puppy love emerges, Kiran backtracks somewhat with a sporty friend who introduces him to Playboy magazine. Nov 13, Samantha Davenport rated it liked it Shelves: In other words, not much happens in this novel. The narrator of this book is Kiran, a 12 year old Indian boy, growing up in Ohio who just doesn’t seem to fit in anywhere. On one occasion Kiran wears an orange neon coat to school, and finds rzkesh desk covered in Barbie stickers.


Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Jul 25, Larry H rated it it was amazing. Cincinnati in the early s isn’t exactly a hotbed of cultural diversity, and Kiran’s not-so-well-kept secrets don’t endear boj to any group.

The book chronicles noy life of twelve-year-old Kirtan as he struggles with his Indian-American identity, gender expression, and burgeoning sexuality.

He rakseh keeps a Barbie under his bed, loves ballet, and takes the annual school talent show more seriously than absolutely necessary.

This was really enjoyable to read. I highlighted so many lines 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. He’s a great kid.

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Kiran’s parents want him to be successful, find a nice Indian girl, and to make them proud. Jul 05, Marie rated it really liked it Shelves: Also, there are scenes such as the makeup scene all throughout the book that make the novel a page turner. Blje book hits on some pretty mature topics such as a satywl boy discovering his sexuality and coming to the revelation he may not be like all the other boys his age. A scoop of sequins. That’s no easy feat to accomplish.

I love how the author creates a character who is not afraid to express himself regardless of people’s opinions. By are nlue a long way from gay children feeling comfortable and accepted for who they are but we are moving in a positive direction. Some of my own favorites taken totally out of context, but it doesn’t represent the style of the entire book. 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?