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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I really couldn’t stand this book, I gave up about 50 pages in. His penchant for spectacle and glamour—the school talent show is the highlight of his year—likewise distances him from his peers. I became so invested in stayal Kiran was doing, despite frequently flinching and thinking, “No, Kiran!

Blue Boy by Rakesh Satyal

Now I need to read this author’s other novel immediately! Aug 08, Emily rated it liked it. This is a thoroughly enjoyable take on the latest trend of LGBTQ literature – it urges readers to think about identity, the extraordinary pace of change when it comes to sexuality over the past 25 years, and the meanings of family, self, and community – but not in any kind of high-handed way.

Or facing upward, splayed across a chest, lolling around like a plate of Jell-O, the eye quavering. The author of the novel can very much connect with Kiran because of his own experiences growing up. However the author interview makes me satyaal if I missed the point since he mentioned “laugh” and “funny” which weren’t part of my reading experience.

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It started off well and I bonded with the whole family. To ask other readers questions about Blue Boyplease sign up. So much for putting a unique stamp on the traditional gay coming of age story!

Kiran, just came off as a little snot It has all the ingredients of a fantastic novel — quirky characters, a balance of what is culturally familiar and unfamiliar to Americans and Indians, boldness to deal with mature subject matter, and so on — but Satyal simply failed to create a masterpiece.


As for the title, Kiran himself is the “blue boy,” wanting to dress up as the blue Hindu god, Vishnu, for the school talent show.

The story is set in Suburban Ohio in the s. Want to Read saving….

The potential within this book was both amazing and heart-breaking. Kiran may have believed he was the reincarnation of a god, but he was adorably human and imperfect.

The family and community painted around our protagonist are every bit as integral to the story as he is, particularly the quietly complicit mother. Similarly, his immaturity in some areas does not go well with his maturity elsewhere.

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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. That’s part of the joy of reading this book. There are a few aspects of the book that I found challenging. 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?

And he was born for the stage. Let that sink in. His book readings are well-attended and very entertaining.

And I want them to have seen the world somewhat differently–to understand how hard childhood can be for the culturally and sexually marginalized but also how such isolation affords a child a very strong sense of self. It is hard to know if I enjoyed this book as much as I did because it felt so familiar – I suspect it’s impossible to know – but I’d certainly recommend it to a wide range of friends.

He has his mind set on the upcoming talent show and how he will win over everybody with his sure-to-be-spectacular performance. 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 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. And while he is well-equipped with the skills to amuse himself in his solitariness, he also yearns for friendship, companionship, and understanding.


His belongs to the mind, and mine belongs to the heart. 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: Trivia About Blue Boy.

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. Here, Satyal manag This book was, on so many levels, a surprise to me – and a delightful one at that. Dec 08, jo rated it it was amazing Shelves: Most young gay boys would not identify themselves as a blue Hindu God which makes the novel very unique.

Mar 24, Katie rated it it was amazing Shelves: Mar 22, Jennie rated it did not like it Shelves: Not overseasoned with pretty words but still flavored with literary mastership thanks to Princetonand most of all, biting humor. Despite that though, the book really grew on me. They want to express themselves and be true to their nature but at the same time they want to fit in. And the main character was so unlikeable! I wanted to like Kiran, but it turns out there’s a reason why everyone loathes him.

Aug 29, Thomas Marzella rated it really liked it.

Blue Boy by Rakesh Satyal

He sounds like a overly raoesh 45 year old man trapped in a 6th grader’s body. He is drawn to pink, dressing up, makeup, Strawberry Shortcake, and the finer things in life. In most if not every coming of age novel, there are bullies who cause the main character stress. Jul 05, Marie rated it really liked it Shelves: Cincinnati in the early s isn’t exactly a hotbed blus cultural diversity, and Kiran’s not-so-well-kept secrets don’t endear him to any group.

He even starts believing his skin color may actually turn blue.