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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Lambda Award Winner Many gay coming of age stories, in fiction and in real life, share some common elements: The book is also interesting in the way it stands as a document in the evolution of coming out stories through the years.

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His belongs to the mind, and mine belongs to the heart. A tit reminds me of Madonna. And afraid to be himself in front of his own father. Shenanigans and naivety combine to make the plans his parents have for him go sharply awry, and Kiran is faced with some major decision-making about who he is and who he wants to become. Lists with This Book.

Mar 24, Katie rated it it was amazing Shelves: I am blue, too. Kiran–the only child of immigrant Indian parents–struggles with acceptance and bue sense of belonging at public school, in his Hindu temple, and at home.

And because of all of these things there is almost always a desperate need for the protagonist to prove himself to others as worthwhile, to excel. Challenging HIV stigma with the power of touch See all videos. He even starts believing his skin color may actually turn blue. An insightful book that reminds us how difficult–and ultimately liberating–it can be to accept our own uniqueness in spite of the opinions of others. Kirtan 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.


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 satyzl his quirky personality, unusual interests ballet, for one, as well as Strawberry Shortcake and her fruit friend Blueberry Muffin or by his ssatyal sexuality.

What the Dickens was that all about? Steven Takesh Mar 06, The house is full of tensions.

Here Satyal offers bule of some thematic oomph. While reading the novel I was glad that Kiran had something to turn to and express his feelings with, and I wish that everyone could have something like that to turn to.

Blue Boy by Rakesh Satyal

Satyal’s image of this little boy reminded me of the one in the film “Ma Vie en Rose” – they know that they are different but it seems normal in their eyes.

To ask other readers questions about Blue Boyplease sign up. Jul 14, Spider the Doof Warrior rated it really liked it.

Unfortunately, the author doesn’t then follow up very well in the next chapter with the “cliffhanger. Jan 13, Jim rated it it was amazing. He’s intrigued by his mother’s makeup drawer, takes ballet class instead of basketball, is tremendously focused on his schoolwork and is determined to show everyone how amazing he is at this year’s talent show.

Blue Boy by Rakesh Satyal

We also begin to see the shadows in this family: You can use these HTML tags and attributes: I satyzl like to warn you that there are quite a few swear words, and porn scenes throughout the novel that might make you feel a little easy. This book was, on so many levels, a surprise to me – and a delightful one at that.


I related to this character in so many ways, that sometimes it felt satya I was reading my childhood memoirs. This is not a Pulitzer Prize, Booker Prize or any other prize winner but it 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.

Book review: Blue Boy by Rakesh Satyal

Especially when he is a sathal gay, first generation American with traditional Punjab parents? They want to express themselves and be true to their nature but at the same time they want to fit in.

Sharma apologizes again, but you don’t take issues with the sort of garbage that your sun is carrying? An insightful book that reminds us how difficult–and ultimately liberating– 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? There is something ever-calming about the roundness of a tit, its buoyancy, the peacefulness of the concentric circle in its middle, darker.

Kiran is a snapshot character, colourful and diverting but viewed for only a few months of childhood.

Jul 11, Stephanie rated it it was ok.