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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So few authors are able to evoke that combination of confusion and innocence that so embodies those pre-pre-teen years, and yet Satyal manages to do it while being wickedly funny.

Aug 08, Emily rated it liked it. By incorporating the blue God into Kiran’s identity the author makes the novel creative, interesting, and humorous. Jan 13, Jim rated it it was amazing. For obvious reasons, this is disturbing. Especially when he is a little gay, first generation American with traditional Punjab parents?

A bundle of culture and spirituality. Kiran–the only child by immigrant Indian parents–struggles with acceptance and a sense of belonging at public school, in his Hindu temple, and at home. Young Kiran Sharma loves all things glittery, musical, and dramatic. 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.

However, I would not recommend this book as a good novel to anyone. 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. I just adored this book. Glue have the ebook, which has different page numbers than the actual book Reply.

His self-conclusion could be used a defense for gay equality, including satyak marriage. This novel is a coming of age story, it is intended for mature audiences and contains explicit sex scenes. He even starts believing his skin color may actually turn blue. So I really hated this one. I have Satyal’s latest work but eh, I’m in no rush to get to it now.


And afraid to be himself in front of his own father. However, the realistic characterization does in no way excuse the Dickens-esque explanations that Kiran would go off on.

That’s part of the joy of reading this book. Jul 14, Spider the Doof Warrior rated it really liked it. Dec 31, Jon Forsyth rated it really liked it. He secretly keeps a Barbie under his bed, loves ballet, and takes the annual school talent show more seriously than absolutely necessary. As portrayed in this conversation, a funny misunderstanding takes place between Kiran’s teacher, and his mother when Kiran’s teacher catches him reading dirty magazines such as Penthouse.

Kiran absolutely was interesting, but it would have been great to have had some adult insight on his exotic nature They like to play with dolls, rakesj on makeup, sing out loud, perform songs usually only sung by women and they are adorable doing it. And while there are many funny passages, the shtick gets tiresome quickly.

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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.

And the main character was so unlikeable! I’m definitely not a prude, but I think I found myself embarrassed because I was reading it through the eyes of a child. This character is certainly beset by some headwinds, but for all of his ostracism he makes fun of people with disabi So I really hated this one. A tit reminds me of Madonna. I It started off well and I bonded with the whole family. How he grapples with the people and situations and with his sense of self is in turns funny, heartwarming, and surprising.

And when something interesting does finally happen to our protagonist, it happens at the end of a chapter to keep the reader engaged like a movie serial or chapter play cliffhanger. Please use kind words.


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. Here, Satyal manages to weave a lovely story with multidimensional characters into an amusing web.

Blue Boy shows us a world too funny and sad rakeah sweet to be based on anything but the truth. Let that sink in. Kiran feels real from the first page.

Dec 27, Conor rated it did not like it Shelves: His penchant for spectacle and glamour—the school talent show is the highlight of his year—likewise distances him from his peers. And he was born for the stage. Satyal has written a book that’s by turns laugh-out-loud funny and touching, and he’s a gimlet-eyed observer of childhood.

The author of the novel can very much connect with Kiran because of his own experiences growing up. Dec 17, Kooheli rated it it was booy Recommended to Kooheli by: He is different and he just wants to keep his light shining even if his peers don’t approve and tease him.

One morning he wakes up, looks in the mirror and is shocked to find his skin beginning to turn a faint shade of blue. Vell, excuse me, but aren’t you a teacher?

The thing so endearing about this book is that the little boy thinks that he is Krishna. As Kiran applies the makeup he is anxious because his satyla could find out, and be very concerned.

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There are a few aspects of the book that I found challenging. I love coming of age novels, and I was glad to find some cultural diversity here to dig into. Yes, the book is about gender identity and racial identity and ethnic identity and religious identity.