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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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 datyal become. Not overseasoned with pretty words but still flavored with literary mastership thanks to Princetonand most of all, biting humor.

This is a poignant and important novel, and the start of a long and significant career. I read a physical copy of this book many years ago, and loved it so much that I kept lending it to people so they could read it.

Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. In the middle I thought things were heavy-handed: We will never be more than two containers, full of the same blood but different in size, shape, owners.

He’s a dirty little voyeuristic, school-burning-down, tattle-taling shit. Kiran tells his mother that he is going to buy bou, which is why she is confused in the encounter with rkesh teacher. The idea that he actually may be a reincarnation of Krishna comes to him as he takes Sunday religious instruction with a group of other Indian children.

And while he is well-equipped with the skills to amuse himself in his solitariness, he also yearns for friendship, companionship, and understanding. This is a good book about finding yourself, acceptance with a bit of Indian culture and spirituality thrown in. Playing with dolls; choosing ballet over basketball; taking the annual talent show way too seriously…the satjal things that make Kiran who he is also make him the star of his own personal freak show….


I found it hard to read and relatively unenjoyable, as there is much description in sstyal book that is completely unnecessary. And while there are many funny passages, the shtick gets tiresome quickly. When he was done, I would have forgotten what was happening in the present, and have to go back and reread.

Overall, found it a chore to finish this book. This book was one of the first books I was lead to by this site.

Here Satyal offers glimpses of some thematic oomph. Worth a close read, and you’ll enjoy every minute of it!

However the author interview makes me wonder if I missed the point since he mentioned “laugh” and “funny” which weren’t part of my reading experience. 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.

Sometimes the author gets a little pompous with the verbiage but I could look past it. Just read the book.

His belongs to the mind, and mine belongs to the heart. 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 satyla as Penthouse.

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. Jul 02, Brandy rated it liked it. He is drawn to pink, dressing up, makeup, Strawberry Shortcake, and the finer things in life. styal

Book review: Blue Boy by Rakesh Satyal

View all 8 comments. 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. Oct 27, Jessica rated it really liked it Shelves: The irony of the situation makes the novel quite interesting as rakedh.


They want to express themselves and be true to their nature but at the same time they want to fit in.

He has an amazing sense of self in spite of the ridicule and scorn he is subject to from the Indian community, his classmates, and even his parents. Gown trumps beach attire. I became so invested in what Kiran was doing, despite frequently flinching and thinking, “No, Kiran!

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On one occasion Kiran wears an orange neon coat to school, and finds his desk covered in Barbie stickers. 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 by his quirky personality, unusual interests ballet, for one, as well as Strawberry Shortcake and her fruit friend Blueberry Muffin or by his burgeoning sexuality.

I sympathized with the character Kiran and related to him on a bpy of levels I remember my own desire to read Are You There God?

And I want them to have seen the world somewhat differently–to understand how b,ue childhood can be for the culturally and sexually marginalized but also how such isolation affords a child a very strong sense of self. All of these plot points are common but real, and it is up to the writer to put his stamp on such a story to make it his own.

And he was born for the stage. His penchant rakesj spectacle and glamour—the school talent show is the highlight of his year—likewise distances him from his peers.