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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Rakesh Satyal

Leave a Reply Click here to cancel reply. This is not a Pulitzer Prize, Booker Prize or any other prize winner but it is an honest portrait of a little boy going against all the grains and being who he knows that he is, sticking to his guns and doing it loud and proud.

While reading the novel I was glad that Kiran had something to turn to and express his feelings with, and I wish that everyone could have something like that to turn to.

Dec 17, Kooheli rated it it was amazing Recommended to Kooheli by: And I want them to have seen the world somewhat differently–to understand how hard childhood can be for the culturally and sexually marginalized but also how such isolation affords a child a very strong sense of self.

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. His penchant for spectacle and glamour—the school talent show is the highlight of his year—likewise distances him from his peers. Who’d have guessed that a novel from the perspective of a smart, artistic, and flamboyant sixth-grade boy could cover so much emotional ground?


The family and community painted around our protagonist are every bit as integral to the story as he is, particularly the quietly complicit mother. Preview — Blue Boy by Rakesh Satyal. I would like to warn you that there are quite a few swear words, and porn scenes throughout the novel that might make you feel a little easy. On one occasion Kiran wears an orange neon coat to school, and finds his desk covered in Barbie stickers.

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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 can’t believe you vould object to poetry! The tenacity of spirit he shows whenever he goes after what he wants inspires me perhaps to the point of pursuing my own ballet class with a little too much gusto after I finished the book.

All in all, I thought the writing in this debut novel was exceptional. There are some vividly rendered scenes in this book, the kind that stay with you for days and seem more like scenes from a big screen movie than echoes of words on a page. Shocked that my book club liked it overall. I’d honestly give this 3. 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.

This is a thoroughly enjoyable take on the latest trend of LGBTQ literature – it urges readers to think about identity, the extraordinary pace of change when it comes to sexuality over the past 25 years, and the meanings of family, self, and community – but not in any kind of high-handed way.


Read a review of Blue Boy here. He is completely his age: There is an inner creative, independent streak that controls him. 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.

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.

Blue Boy by Rakesh Satyal

Highly recommended for all readers. I sympathized with the character Kiran and related to him on a number of levels I remember my own desire to read Are You There God? Boy, what a read. Open Preview See a Problem?

However, I would not recommend this book as a good novel to anyone. A bundle of culture and spirituality.

They like to play with dolls, put on makeup, sing out loud, perform songs usually only sung by women and they are adorable doing it. Trivia About Blue Boy. It probably surpasses the eloquence of many adults as well. If only Kiran had anything in common with the other Indian kids besides the color of his skin.