Blue Boy by Rakesh Satyal
Reviewed by Saleiha
Rakesh Satyal's book Blue Boy is a hilarious book about a young boy's social problems due to his ethnicity and his sexuality. Kiran is an young Indian child who loves to play with dolls, do ballet, and wear magenta make-up. Although he is a social outcast at his school and his temple, he embraces his differences and has a revelation that he is a reincarnation of the Hindu god Krishna. His journey to become the god he was born to be is both hilarious and captivating. Although this book does contain some sexual content and explicit words, Blue Boy is one of the best books I read last summer. Seeing the world through the eyes of the young narrator Kiran, makes you fall in love with a very strange boy whose differences set him apart from the normalcy of the rest of the world.