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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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. The author of the novel can very much connect with Kiran because of his own experiences growing up.

This book was one of the first books I was lead to by this site.

Despite that though, the book really grew on me. He sounds like a overly poetic 45 year old man trapped in a 6th grader’s body.

Rakesh Satyal

Just read the book. Refresh and try again.

ny This book made me laugh more than anything Blke read this year. The protagonist struggles to find himself among the crowd and turns to the blue Hindu God Krishna, whom he identifies himself with. 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.

Perhaps the solution to the mystery of his existence has been before him since birth. And I am a carat stone, baby. I do commend the author, though, for Kiran’s realization that he might be gay and what that means. However the author interview makes me wonder nlue I missed the point since he mentioned “laugh” and “funny” which weren’t part of my reading experience.


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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 satywl. 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. Both cultures have their own rigid ways of enforcing gender roles and sexuality, and neither knows quite what to do with a flaming, smart boy who is slow to self-censure.

While reading the book, many times I cringed and thought to myself, “he’s not really going to do that, rwkesh he??? The potential within this book was both amazing and heart-breaking. And while there are many satyap passages, the shtick gets tiresome quickly.

Kirtan narrates the story, but the voice is not particularly believable as that of even the most precocious, gifted twelve-year-old. Dec 07, Nick Daiker rated it it was ok.

But one doesn’t need to be Indian or Hindu to appreciate this novel bg to revel in Kiran’s escapades. This is not the case with my classmates [colleagues: I It started off well and I bonded with the whole family.

And while he is well-equipped with the skills to amuse himself in his solitariness, he also yearns for friendship, companionship, and understanding.


What the Dickens was that all about? He so identifies with Krishna that Kiran starts molding his life on the deity—eating butter and practicing the flute. The message that the author tries to get across is that parents with gay children are usually oblivious to their children’s desires, needs, and sexuality. They like to play with dolls, put 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?

The author graduated from Princeton’s creative writing program, and some of the story is based in his own life and experience.

Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Email will not be published required. 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 t 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.

Many gay coming of age stories, in fiction and in real life, share some common elements: Kiran tells his mother that he is going to buy poetry, which is why she is confused in the encounter with the teacher.