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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While the writing is definitely accurate for the thoughts of a young observant boy, it doesn’t make for fascinating reading. View all 8 comments. 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.

Most young gay boys would not identify themselves as a blue Hindu God which makes the novel very unique. And he fares no better with his fellow Indian-American acquaintances whom he associates with mostly because their parents socialize on a weekly basis.

The tone of the author is also sarcastic and funny but at the same time serious which makes the novel intriguing and interesting. There is very little showing of action, too much telling, and a lot of 80’s references.

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? You feel the tiniest stab of sayal when you rediscover it, but mostly you are in awe of how it was you who wrote down these words and felt something so creative in that moment.


This doesn’t just pertain specifically to the LBGT community but to people who are being bullied in general.

Blue Boy by Rakesh Satyal

Blue Boy is a beautifully written, bittersweet story about rakwsh Indian-American adolescent growing up in Ohio, discovering how different he is from everyone around him. Definitely four starts for making me laugh and just feel great. Also, in one uncommonly touching, deftly written scene, Satyal brings the homophobic father character center stage and—as he pours out his disappointment in his son—the reader actually feels some sympathy and understanding for him!

Despite that though, the book really grew on me. His book readings are well-attended and very entertaining. Rakesh wrote a fantastic and hilarious novel call Blue Boy that won a Lambda Award. Nov 05, Amira Soltani added it. The kids at school constantly poke fun of him, his Indian counterparts do the same, leaving him friendless, confused and questioning himself.

Book review: Blue Boy by Rakesh Satyal | Xtra

The luscious nipples and breasts mesmerize Kiran — until the shot featuring a rock-hard sausage approaching a waiting apple strudel. I have the ebook, which has different page numbers than the actual book. We will never be more than two containers, full of the same blood but different in size, shape, owners. I am rakewh, too. I knew I was in for a good read when I laughed aloud and hard by page 2, seeing my father’s faucet-polishing towel in my mind’s eye as Kiran described his father’s. I guess that depends on the reader in question.

Rakesh Satyal

Is that what you call it? 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. Jul 05, Marie rated it really liked it Shelves: There is the scene in the park when Kirtan inadvertently stumbles upon three teenagers having raunchy sex, the weekend party at the home of family friends when Kirtan is outed in front of everyone for playing with makeup, and the climactic talent show scene.


As an only son, Kiran has obligations–to excel in his studies, to honor the deities, rakessh find a nice Indian girl, and, above all, to make his mother and father proud–standard st Meet Kiran Sharma: This was really enjoyable to read.

When he was done, I would have forgotten what was happening in the present, and have to go back and bly. Kiran feels real from the first page. The thing so endearing about this book is that the little boy thinks that he is Krishna. All of these plot points are common but real, and it is up to the writer to put his byo on such a story to make it his own.

Want to Read Currently Reading Read. The family and community painted around our protagonist are every bit as integral to the story as he is, particularly the quietly complicit mother.