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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The novel fo Kiran is your average boy Now I need to read this author’s other novel immediately!

Aug 29, Thomas Marzella rated it really liked it. While some of the situations Kiran found himself in were somewhat typical, his perspectives on the situations were tremendously unique.

I loved the characterization of Kiran, the protagonist. So I really hated this one. Clearly Kiran’s gender and ethnic identities heavily influence how his narrative unfolds, but there’s something in his sztyal that any creative misfit child of the 90s can grab onto.

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Some of the major situations are very vividly described and that brings the scene to life but equally vivid and detailed are the descriptions of gardens and roads and houses which are unnecessary and slow down the pace of the book. 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.

Jul 11, Stephanie rated it it was ok. At ra,esh, the change xatyal and unsettles you, but then you take in the surprise and embrace it and wish life could always be so gloriously unpredictable….

Especially when he is a little gay, first generation American with traditional Punjab parents? Name required Email will not be published required Homepage.

rskesh The tone of the author is also sarcastic and funny but at the same time serious which makes the novel intriguing and interesting. Can someone tell me what page each chapter starts on for this book? But all of the things that make Kiran who he is cause him to be ostracized by his peers, which he just doesn’t understand. I was drawn to this book because the name of the main character, Kiran, is similar to the name of one of my sons Kieran.


They like to play with dolls, biy on makeup, sing out loud, perform songs us Who doesn’t have a soft spot in their heart for the little gay boy who loves the talent show and Strawberry Shortcake? Second thing I did not like was that the book is too descriptive.

Blue Boy by Rakesh Satyal

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…. I picked up the book as the back of it described an interesting character.

This is a thoroughly enjoyable take on the latest trend of LGBTQ literature – it urges readers to think about identity, the rwkesh pace of change when it comes to sexuality over the past 25 years, and the meanings rakssh family, self, and community – but not in any kind of high-handed way. In some ways the book is an odd mix of genres; at times it feels like a sweet, sassy young adult book, at other times it sits squarely in the adult gay fiction world.

What is a more beautiful thought bllue the one that questions everything you take for granted? I guess I could say that I have lived my life in a perpetual flinch. Want to Read Currently Reading Read.

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Kiran is a sixth-grade student who knows he’s different from his fellow classmates, but in his mind, different is better. The thing so endearing about this book is that the little boy thinks that he is Krishna.

By the end of the book, however, I was willing to assume that he was there largely as a cipher — a sexy, older, deep-voiced grown-up on whom Kirtan was able to project his emerging desires. He so identifies with Krishna that Kiran starts molding his life on the deity—eating butter and practicing the flute.


The core of what Kiran feels – the insecurity, the cultural homelessness, the conviction that he is special – is “true” to the age, the place, and the South Asian American experience. 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.

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. There is something ever-calming about the roundness of a tit, its buoyancy, the peacefulness of the concentric circle in its middle, darker.

All in all, I thought the writing in this debut novel was exceptional. It gets slower as it progresses instead of picking up pace and makes the reader feel like skipping pages to actually see where, if anywhere, the story is going. His book readings are well-attended and very entertaining.

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They reject him at every turn, and his cretinous public schoolmates are no better. Kiran is the jester who must tread carefully, hoping rakes tradition-bound parents will lighten up.

Jul 02, Brandy rated it liked it. He is awakening to his sexuality at the age of 12, so it’s a bit uncomfortable. But you’re really left feeling, in the very end, that it’s about Kiran’s identity, satyla that who HE IS is important. In addition to the normal school woes of a boy his age, he has to deal with living in Ohio, his family, his Indian culture, and their religion as challenges to being himself.