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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It can be brash and wild when it wants to be, and yet there are those “Live to Tell” moments when it’s calm and collected.

Rakesh Satyal

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? Other than that I really do recommend this novel! I really like Kiran. I just wish the plot was a bit more interesting, and the descriptions satual bit more concise.

Through it all, Kiran never questions his own specialness. In the not-so-gender fluid days of the s, this is difficult enough to make Kiran a bit of an outcast.

Even if it makes his parents angry and frustrated that he tries on makeup. As the book is narrated by the boy in first person, some of the descriptions and thoughts seem very unnatural for his age.

This distraction is easy to ignore, however, given the sheer pleasure of the tale and how expertly the plot pulls you in and keeps you engaged. Yes, the book is about gender identity and racial identity and ethnic identity and religious identity. He has his mind set on the upcoming talent show and how he will win over everybody with his sure-to-be-spectacular performance. Kiran is a highly artistic, creative, and spiritual child. Jan 13, Jim rated it it was amazing.


Blue Boy by Rakesh Satyal

I’d honestly give this 3. 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.

I do commend the author, though, for Kiran’s realization that he might be gay and what that means. 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 stuff for a boy of his background.

Mar 22, Joanna rated it it was ok. You can use these HTML tags and attributes: If only Kiran had anything in common with the other Sztyal kids besides the color of his skin.

At best, Blue Boy was cute. Paperbackpages. As most of the novel takes place in Kiran’s head, there is very little interaction between characters and little-to-no dialogue to balance out the long, descriptive narrative. One morning he wakes up, bpy in the mirror and is shocked to find his skin beginning to turn a faint shade of blue.

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The protagonist struggles to sathal himself among the crowd and turns to the blue Hindu God Krishna, whom he identifies himself with. By doing so the author touches on a topic that most gay boys have to struggle with. Before I tear this novel apart, I will share one thing that I found ref The potential within this book was both amazing and heart-breaking. Just read the book.


The irony of the situation makes the novel quite interesting as well. And because of all of these things there is almost blke a desperate need for the protagonist to prove himself to others as worthwhile, to excel. The following day he wears a neon orange coat to school and finds his desk plastered with Barbie doll stickers.

Nov 05, Amira Soltani added it. He is completely his age: 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. The posturing of a tit can vary so greatly, and yet the allure of it never dissi I really couldn’t stand this book, I gave up satyzl 50 pages in.

Dec 07, Nick Daiker rated it it was ok. 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.

Dec 31, Jon Forsyth rated it really liked it. This is a poignant and important novel, and the start of a long and significant career.

This is not the case with my classmates [colleagues: I just adored this book. Despite that though, the book really grew on me.