Sunday, October 10, 2010
Book Review: "Blue Boy" by Rakesh Satyal
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 cause him to be ostracized by his peers, which he just doesn't understand.
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." At this time in our society, when kids are bullied for being different and many are driven to drastic measures, Kiran's story is a refreshing one, because while he doesn't quite understand why he is different, he knows that being different isn't a bad thing.
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 life), Satyal 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.