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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He is awakening to his sexuality at the age of 12, so it’s a bit uncomfortable.

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I feel like in most fiction where the protagonist is beset by a cruel society he is at least noble, despite it all. They want to express themselves and be true to their nature but at the same time they want to fit in.

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.

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. The story of a satyxl Indian boy growing up in Ohio in the early s strives for an comic absurdist tone akin to David Sedaris.

Kiran starts to mold himself into the God by eating butter, practicing the raoesh, and even wearing blue makeup. Yes, the book is about gender identity and racial identity and ethnic identity and religious identity.

Blue Boy is a beautifully written, bittersweet story about an Indian-American adolescent growing up in Ohio, discovering how different he is from everyone around him. Ssatyal 29, Richbern rated it liked it. There are heartbreaking parts and funny parts and frustrating parts. Please use kind words. Did anyone else feel this way? Books by Rakesh Satyal.


Kiran may have believed he was the reincarnation of a god, but he was adorably human and imperfect. I really enjoyed this book. His command of language, wisdom about life, and subtle wit are clearly those of a much older narrator.

To further complicate his young life, he is part of an Indian-American family who take seriously their cultural traditions; Kiran is expected to have a certain career, to take care of bboy parents as they age, and to be an upstanding member of their Hindu community. I believe that the author’s idea of incorporating humor into the novel was a good one because it is enjoyable, and at the same time he allows the protagonist to “blow steam off.

This was really enjoyable to read. Even if it makes his parents angry and frustrated that he tries on makeup. Jul 11, Stephanie rated it it was ok. Kiran–the rakesb child of immigrant Indian parents–struggles with acceptance and a sense of belonging at public school, in his Hindu temple, and at home. Will Kiran’s act be a success, will he finally get the recognition and approval he is seeking, or will this just be another failed attempt to unveil who he really is?

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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.

The tone of the author is also sarcastic satyak funny but at the same time serious which makes the novel intriguing and interesting.

I wanted so much more from this book than what I got. Or facing upward, splayed across a chest, lolling around like a plate of Jell-O, the eye quavering. 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? Name required Email will not be published required Homepage.


If only Kiran had anything in common with the other Indian kids besides the color of his skin. In most if not every coming of age novel, there are bullies who cause the main character stress. Sharma apologizes again, but you don’t take issues with the sort of garbage that your sun is carrying? What is a more beautiful thought than the one that questions everything you take for granted?

Lambda Award Winner Many gay coming of age stories, in fiction and in real life, share some common elements: 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. This doesn’t just pertain specifically to the LBGT community but to people who are being bullied in general.

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Refresh and try again. Satyal also does a great job of transforming Kiran into the blue Hindu God. A scoop of sequins. Lists with This Book.

Boy, what a read. 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. This book hits on some pretty mature topics such as a preteen boy discovering his sexuality and coming to the revelation he may not be like all the other boys his age.