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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Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Want to Read saving…. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Refresh and try again. Open Preview See a Problem? Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. Preview — Blue Boy by Rakesh Satyal. A boy who doesn’t quite understand his lot–until he realizes he’s a god. 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: 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.
If only Kiran had anything in common with the other Indian kids besides the color of his skin. They reject him at every turn, and his cretinous public schoolmates are no better.
Cincinnati in the early s isn’t exactly a hotbed of cultural diversity, and Kiran’s not-so-well-kept secrets don’t endear him to any group. Playing with dolls, choosing ballet over basketball, taking the annual talent show way too seriously.
Surrounded by examples of upstanding Indian Americans–in his own home, in his temple, at the weekly parties given by his parents’ friends–Kiran nevertheless finds it impossible to get the knack of “normalcy.
Perhaps the solution to the mystery of his existence has been before him since birth. For Kiran Sharma, a long, strange trip is about to begin–a journey so sublime, so ridiculous, so painfully beautiful, that it can only lead to the truth. Blue Boy shows us a world too funny and sad and sweet to be based on anything but the truth. Paperbackpages. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. To ask other readers questions about Blue Boyplease sign up.
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Lists with This Book. Dec 08, jo rated it it was amazing Shelves: View all 8 comments. Jul 25, Larry H rated it it was amazing. Kiran is a sixth-grade student who knows he’s different from his fellow classmates, but in his mind, different is better.
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. But all of the things that make Kiran who he is rakrsh him to be ostracized by his peers, which he just doesn’t understand. Blue Boy is an extremely entertaining, heart Kiran is a sixth-grade student who knows he’s different from his fellow classmates, but in his mind, different is better.
Blue Boy is an extremely entertaining, heartwarming story about a boy trying to come to terms with who he is and mostly liking himself while reconciling the desires of his parents and his need to be “normal. Having been in a situation somewhat similar to Kiran growing up although I never wanted to wear makeup and couldn’t dance to save my lifeSatyal did a fantastic job in creating Kiran’s character and depicting the tug-of-war of emotions and thoughts he experienced.
While some of the situations Kiran found himself in were somewhat typical, his perspectives on the situations were tremendously unique. This was really enjoyable to read. Mar 22, Joanna rated it it was ok. The potential within this book was both amazing and heart-breaking.
It has all the ingredients of a fantastic novel — quirky characters, a datyal 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. At best, Blue Boy was cute. As worst, however, it was boring, drawn-out, and ultimately dissatisfying. 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.
Before I tear this novel apart, I will share one blhe that I found refreshing. I loved the characterization of Kiran, the protagonist. In fact, he would describe overweight people quite unflatteringly in his head. I find it even more ridiculous when authors characterize villains as only evil and protagonists as bly and saint-like.
Books today try not to do that, but most of them fail because the characters always end up making the right choices in the end. Kiran may have believed he was the reincarnation of a god, but he was adorably human and imperfect. However, the realistic characterization does sstyal no way excuse the Dickens-esque explanations that Kiran would go off on. Whenever something was about to happen, he would pause to explain a fairly unnecessary backstory for several pages. When he was done, I would have forgotten what was happening in the present, and have to go back and reread.
What the Dickens was that all about? In fact, what the Dickens was this book all about? Dec 27, Conor rated it did not like it Shelves: So I really hated this one. I felt embarrassed reading it–it was like watching vlue really poor one-man show And the main character was so unlikeable!
I feel like in most fiction where the protagonist is beset by a cruel society he is at least noble, despite it all. 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. 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 Shocked that my book club liked it overall.
Won’t be reading him again. Jul 02, Brandy rated it liked it. I wanted to like Kiran, but it turns out there’s a reason why everyone loathes him. He’s a dirty little voyeuristic, school-burning-down, tattle-taling shit. 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 style is good, but Kiran is not at all believable. Perhaps if it had been told by an older Kiran looking back on his twelve-year-old self, I would have found it more realistic.
But as it is, Kiran is at once remarkably knowledgeable about many things, yet almost incredibly naive for an American sixth grader, whether of Indian descent or not. Jul 11, Stephanie rated it it was ok. I wanted so much more from this book than what I got. Kiran, just came off as a little snot I have Satyal’s latest work but eh, I’m in no rush to get to it now.
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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. Boys his age have always caused him to I’ve signed up to receive an email alert for Kindle Freebies from Advanced Kindle Alert website.
Boys his age have always caused him to feel uptight. For some reason, he finds he relates better to girls. Wildly, he enjoys ballet, the school talent show, playing with dolls and putting on his mother’s makeup. The kids at school constantly poke fun of him, his Indian counterparts do the same, leaving him friendless, confused and questioning himself. One morning he wakes up, looks in the mirror and is shocked to find his skin beginning to turn a faint shade of blue.
With this metamorphosis, he finally thinks he has found the answers to his questions! The school talent show appears to be the perfect vehicle to introduce this newly discovered self to the world. 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?
This novel is a coming of age story, it is intended for mature audiences and contains explicit sex scenes. Though they are pertinent to the plot, they may not be suitable for all readers, especially those younger than 15 years old. This book hits on some pretty mature topics such as a preteen boy discovering his sexuality and coming to the revelation he may not be like all the other boys his age.
It has explicit sexual references and some scenes in the novel, which are important to the story, but for me were just slightly uncomfortable to read. I’m definitely not a prude, but I think I found myself embarrassed because I was reading it through the eyes of a child. In addition, I felt Kiran’s language didn’t exactly fit the vocabulary of a boy his age. Did anyone else feel this way? View all 5 comments.
Oct 27, Jessica rated it really liked it Shelves: Satyal gives us an idealistic, quixotic star of the show and a thoughtful, sweet yet heartbreaking story with Blue Boy.
Blue Boy by Rakesh Satyal
Young Kiran Sharma loves all things glittery, musical, and dramatic. He secretly keeps a Barbie under his bed, loves ballet, and takes the annual school talent show more seriously than absolutely necessary. In the not-so-gender fluid days of the s, this is difficult enough to make Kiran a bit of an outcast.
To further complicate his young life, he is part of an Indian-Ameri Satyal gives us an idealistic, quixotic star of the show and a thoughtful, sweet yet heartbreaking story with Blue Boy.