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Two Boys Kissing

Two Boys Kissing

4.5 33
by David Levithan

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"You have to read this.” Rainbow Rowell, bestselling author of Eleanor & Park

In his follow-up to tthe New York Times bestselling author of Every Day, andDavid Levithan, coauthor of bestsellers Will Grayson, Will Grayson (with John Green) and Nick & Norah’s


"You have to read this.” Rainbow Rowell, bestselling author of Eleanor & Park

In his follow-up to tthe New York Times bestselling author of Every Day, andDavid Levithan, coauthor of bestsellers Will Grayson, Will Grayson (with John Green) and Nick & Norah’s Infinite Playlist (with Rachel Cohn), crafts a novel that the Los Angeles Times calls “open, frank, and ultimately optimistic.”
Based on true events—and narrated by a Greek Chorus of the generation of gay men lost to AIDS—Two Boys Kissing follows Harry and Craig, two seventeen-year-olds who are about to take part in a 32-hour marathon of kissing to set a new Guinness World Record. While the two increasingly dehydrated and sleep-deprived boys are locking lips, they become a focal point in the lives of other teens dealing with universal questions of love, identity, and belonging.
Named to the National Book Award Longlist
A Lambda Literary Award Winner
A Stonewall Honor Book

“An intriguing, complex narrative with an unusual point of view…[and] a quality of retrospection that is rare (and refreshing) in YA literature.” —The Washington Post

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
It’s a different world for teenagers coming of age and coming out now, compared to when Levithan’s Boy Meets Boy was published 10 years ago. He speaks directly to this new generation in this novel, which instantly claims its place in the canon of gay literature. As the title suggests, a kiss plays a central part: it takes place on the lawn of a high school where two former boyfriends try to set a world record for the longest kiss. As the title also suggests, this one’s for the boys. Although varyingly supportive friends and family are part of the story, Levithan focuses on the gay male community. Craig and Henry, the two participating in the kiss, are no longer dating, throwing an element of uncertainty into an act that’s romantic, political, and personal. Neil and Peter have been dating for a year and are beginning to wonder what’s next. Avery, “born a boy that the rest of the world saw as a girl,” and Ryan are caught up in the dizzying excitement of meeting someone new. And Cooper is rapidly losing himself into a digital oblivion. But as much as this story is about these teenagers, it’s also about their forebears. Levithan builds a bridge between today’s young gay men and those who have come (and gone) before them through an audacious choice of narrator: the collective generation of gay men lost to AIDS. This chorus of voices holds court on body image (“When we were healthy we were ignorant. We could never be content in our own skin”), family (both biological and found), hookup apps, dancing, the reality of watching loved ones die, and the fleeting preciousness of life. The narrators are positioned as self-described “shadow uncles” and “angel godfathers,” but Levithan doesn’t canonize them. “The minute you stop talking about individuals and start talking about a group, your judgment has a flaw in it,” they observe when negative reactions to the boys’ kiss mount as it gains widespread attention. “We made this mistake often enough.” There are no chapters; the story moves among the characters’ experiences and the narrators’ commentary, proceeding ever forward in the way that life does. As Craig and Henry’s kiss approaches record-setting territory, and Cooper approaches becoming a statistic, the novel builds into something triumphant. Many will read the final pages with their hearts in their throats. Levithan makes it clear that loving and living are as imperfect as those who practice them, but no less precious for their flaws. A landmark achievement from a writer and editor who has helped create, in literature, a haven for queer youth. Ages 12–up. Agent: Bill Clegg, William Morris Endeavor. (Aug.)
From the Publisher
“There are more than two boys kissing in this book, and every one of them will reach your heart. You have to read this.
- Rainbow Rowell, author of Eleanor & Park

- Frank Bruni, The New York Times

Entertainment Weekly
, August 21, 2013:
"Author David Levithan's poignant novel follows the stories of gay teens joined through an unconventional protest. A-"

The Washington Post, August 20, 2013:
"Over the years, Levithan has consistently explored new creative territory...'Two Boys Kissing' reveals his command of an intriguing, complex narrative with an unusual point of view: the first-person plural. This 'we' is the combined voice of men who died during the AIDS pandemic several decades ago. As the boys’ stories become more closely entwined and connect in a satisfying finale, the reflections of these 'shadow uncles' lend a quality of retrospection that is rare (and refreshing) in YA literature."

The Los Angeles Times, September 1, 2013:
"Open, frank and ultimately optimistic."

The Wall Street Journal Speakeasy, October 24, 2013:
"'Two Boys Kissing’ couldn’t have arrived at a more timely moment, just months after the Supreme Court decision on gay marriage. The shift in society’s attitudes towards the LGBT community has long been embraced by many in the young adult crowd. Levithan seems to intuitively understand this generation—and his new book allows him to bring their particular struggles and joys to life."

Newsday, August 21, 2013:
"We stand on the shoulders of those who came before us, goes an oft-paraphrased line. David Levithan gives vivid voice to it in his latest YA novel, 'Two Boys Kissing'.

BookPage, August 28, 2013:
"Levithan’s powerful, multifaceted novel explores just how far things have come for many gay teens—and how far things still need to go."

Starred Review, The Bulletin, September 2013:

"Both celebratory and elegiac… There’s much to discuss here about identity, about social media, about community—and it would be a particularly stellar choice for a multi-generational LGTBQ-focused book club.”

Starred Review, Publishers Weekly, June 3, 2013:
"A landmark achievement from a writer and editor who has helped create, in literature, a haven for queer youth."

"No one does heart-pulling emotion like Levithan, and this book, coming a decade after his groundbreaking debut, 'Boy Meets Boy,' has special resonance."
- Gayle Forman, author of Just One Day and Just One Year, for Bookish.com

"Brilliant, moving, important, and wise."

- Jennifer E. Smith, author of This Is What Happy Looks Like and The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight

WAMC Northeast Public Radio, September 19, 2013:
"Two Boys Kissing will make you laugh and cry, but best of all, it will make you relive those perfect innocuous moments of finding and then being with your first love."

Romantic Times Book Review, September 2013:
"Thought provoking, poignant and beautifully written, above all this is an unbelievably important book for anyone who has struggled with identity, love and loss. The omniscient narration is incredibly moving and appreciative of the fragility of life. A groundbreaking addition to the LGBT genre and community."

Kirkus Reviews
, July 15, 2013:
"The novel has genuine moments of insight and wisdom...Inspiring."

Hypable.com, August 23, 2013:
"Two Boys Kissing by David Levithan takes the stories of all these boys and spins them into an interconnecting web that will leave you emotionally exhausted and absolutely thrilled to have read something so beautiful and unique...Will educate, entertain and move you."

, May 6, 2013:
"Levithan takes contemporary to a whole new space with this novel, finding new ground in storytelling around important issues that directly affect teens today."

Booklist, August 1, 2013:
"Levithan leans intensely into this work...There’s little doubt that this title, with its weight, significance, and literary quality, will find its way into LGBTQ and wider cannons. Stock up."

School Library Journal, September 2013:
"The story will engage readers, both female and male."

"The high level of imaginative and intuitive empathy that is apparent in all of his works is especially strong here—as not only are his protagonists fully realized, but so are the voices of the collective narration, whose experiences are as varied as the characters on the page... It is the best book I have read this year."
- Maggie Tokuda-Hall, Books Inc.

"Everyone needs to read this, not just YA. How perfectly David puts the past, present and future into one small novel. Now, as soon as my eyes stop watering and the goose bumps on my arms go away, I can continue my day."
- Carolyn Anbar, Watchung Booksellers

"Levithan's choice of narrator was inspiring and heartbreaking. Giving a voice to that generation and exposing young kids to those voices, blew me away...Two Boys Kissing feels like a very important book, something I think everyone should read and something that's touched me in a way no YA has in a really long time."
- John Kwiatkowski, Murder by the Book

Children's Literature - Suzanna E. Henshon
In this ground-breaking novel, David Levithan takes young readers into the hearts and minds of two young men falling in love. Written from the perspective of a generation that has endured pain, AIDS, and eventual triumph, this tale takes readers into the heart of what it means to be different, to find love in unexpected people, and to discover human nature and suffering while coming-of-age in America. Levithan skillfully integrates the voices of a generation past into this narrative. The narrative is centered on a kiss that lasts longer than 30 hours; Levithan weaves the kisses of Peter and Neil, the suffering and depression of Cooper, and the developing relationship of Avery and Ryan into the pages of this story. During the course of the novel, the author takes readers on a long journey, from the voices of those who were part of the gay rights movement to the pain that many young men feel on a daily basis today. Levithan is a fine writer with compelling prose, memorable storylines, and characters who feel like friends we will someday meet. Reviewer: Suzanna E. Henshon, Ph.D. AGERANGE: Ages 12 up.
Kirkus Reviews
Gay past and gay present collide. Right from the start readers will know something weird is going on with Levithan's latest. The narrator(s) refers to themselves as "us," and readers will soon deduce that it's the Kushner-esque collective voice of a gay generation from decades before, one that was ravaged by AIDS, anger, politics and more. It's through their lens that this story of seven boys from the present is told. The first two--whose activities are imparted in the work's title--are Craig and Harry. They're out to break the world's kissing record (32 hours, 12 minutes and 9 seconds) to protest a hate crime enacted upon their friend. They're not a couple anymore, and Craig still smarts from the breakup. A second pair--Peter and Neil--have been a couple for a while, but that doesn't mean their relationship is perfect. Pink-haired trans Avery and blue-haired Ryan meet at an alternative LGBT prom, and sparks fly. All the while, Cooper, kicked out of his parents' house and obsessed with gay-hookup apps, suffers alone. The story drifts back and forth and among these seven youth under the watchful, occasionally curmudgeonly voice of the past, which weighs down the narrative too much at times. The novel has genuine moments of insight and wisdom, but it feels calculated and lacks the spontaneity that made Levithan's first two novels so magical. Still, fans of his earlier works will appreciate the familiar tone, characters and themes they've come to love over the years. It's well-intentioned and inspiring, but it doesn't push any boundaries. (Fiction. 14 & up)
School Library Journal
Gr 7 Up—Narrated by an often heavy-handed Greek chorus of men who died of AIDS, this novel features the stories of one transgender and several gay teens. It focuses on Harry and Craig, friends and ex-boyfriends who have set out to beat the Guinness World Record for kissing. Harry's parents accept that he is gay and are there as witnesses, while Craig's parents find out that he's gay after his mother is told about their record-breaking attempt. Other characters include Tariq, the victim of a hate crime; boyfriends Neil and Peter; and female-to-male (FTM) transgender teen Avery and his love interest, Ryan. Finally, there is isolated, angry, and disaffected Cooper. He spends his nights trolling sex sites online and runs away from home when confronted by his furious parents. Although Levithan has a tendency toward didacticism, his characters are likable, with some more developed than others. The story will engage readers, both female and male. The author's note discusses the true events that inspired this story. Despite its flaws, this title is recommended based on subject need.—Nancy Silverrod, San Francisco Public Library

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Random House Children's Books
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12 - 17 Years

Meet the Author

DAVID LEVITHAN is a children’s book editor in New York City and the author of several books for young adults, including Boy Meets Boy, Love Is the Higher Law, and Every Day. He coauthored Will Grayson, Will Grayson with John Green, and Nick & Norah’s Infinite Playlist, Dash & Lily’s Book of Dares, and Naomi and Ely’s No Kiss List with Rachel Cohn.

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Hoboken, New Jersey
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B.A., Brown University, 1994

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Take_Me_AwayPH More than 1 year ago
 Normally I wouldn't pick something like this up. Although I am in no way against homosexuality, since I'm not into it, I just wouldn't read something that CENTERS on it. But then I started hearing things from my blogger friends saying that they loved this book and that the writing style was something that had never been done before and naturally, I got curious. And you guys, this  book changed me.      Now this was my very first Levithan book and I am so glad I chose this one. From the very beginning I was sucked in to the poetic writing style. It really is narrated by a Greek Chorus. This unique writing had me hanging on every word. Just the writing alone had me so emotional I found myself teary eyed and clutching my heart through out the entire book.      I never read reviews until I've written my own, so determine if I wanted to read this book I went and checked out everyone's updates and their ratings. In every update I saw "OMG the feels!" or "My heart breaks for them." This is what made me decide I wanted to read it. And man, after finishing this story I really felt emotionally drained. Every story (because its holds multiple POV's) broke me. I was smitten with everyone's story, but it was actually Cooper's who hit me the most.      In this story we see what being gay did to different boys, in different times of their lives, and their loved ones. Some of those loved ones accepted them and others didn't. I loved that this book doesn't make it all seem like all sunshine and rainbows, because in reality it isn't. Sometimes the dark and gritty happens and teens that read this need to know how to handle it.      Lastly, I loved the ending and Levithan's acknowledgements. The entire story centered around that one very important kiss and in the end the author was able to pull it altogether to that one central location. Not everyone was happy, but they were all there in some way, separate, but still together. I also loved the acknowledgements because in the synopsis it said "based on the true events story" and I was intrigued. I had planned to Google it after wards to see what the real story was, but I didn't have to. Levithan tells about the real story that inspired this one and I saw that as a thanks for them for being so brave. Again, I was moved to tears. (I really needed a "Use in case of feels tissue box!")      In short, don't let the title or what this book is about deter you from reading it. It may not be what you normally would read, but I kid you not if you are a reader, certain aspects of it will amaze you. My first Levithan read was filled with emotions and incredible writing and I promise that this won't be my last book by him. I am already absolutely smitten with him.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
How can you say that the cover is gross and then turn around and say you're okay with gay people?? That's a little hypocritical and honestly, I don't know why I just wasted time responding to such an ignorant post.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
People have been saying that this book is only good for the gay community. I strongly disagree! I am straight and this book still taught be so much about life! I feel as though levithan is the savor of our genereation. He commicates that love is real, no matter who its with. Its just love. Raw, heartbreaking, beautiful love. Thank you david.
rockygirl1 More than 1 year ago
Confession time.  I still have yet to read a David Levithan novel.  Yes, I am hanging my head in shame.  What is wrong with me??? This was my first.  I don't know why I started with this one.  It was new and shiny.  I also will confess that I was a little nervous about the whole Greek chorus thing.  I mean come on… that is a little bit intimidating to go into a book knowing that is how the book is going to start.  Last confession.  I didn't just like this book, I LOVED it!!!! Seriously, this might be about a 6 on my 5.0 scale. Yep, it was that good.   I'm sure that this book will raise a few eyebrows and some people will look and just delete this review without even reading what it is about, and that is a shame, because truly, this book is about so much more than two boys kissing. There are so many stories weaved into the framework of Craig and Harry kissing.  We meet Peter and Neil who have been a couple for a while.  We meet Avery and Ryan who have just met and are dipping their toe into the world of dating.  And there is Cooper, who is alone.  Along the way we meet friends of the aforementioned people. We meet enemies. We hear the F word hurled at them. But through it all we see two boys kissing.  I followed all their stories.  Reading them and obsessing over them. Wondering what their parents, friends, neighbors were thinking.  And one of the most amazing parts of this novel is the writing itself.  I hadn't read more than about ten pages when I had to go and get my post-it notes.  Why? Because this was a library book, so I couldn't write in it or bend pages, and I HAD to start marking passages. When you start reading things like this: Not everything needs to be said at once. Sharing truth is not the kind of gift that comes in wrapping paper–ripped open once      and there, you’re done. No, this is a gift that must be unfolded. It is enough to start the telling. It’s enough to have the beginning and feel like it’s a beginning. Or this: We think of the boys we kissed, the boys we screwed, the boys we loved, the boys who didn’t love us back, the boys who were with us at the end, the boys who were with us beyond the end. Love is so painful, how could you ever wish it on anybody? And love is so essential, how could you ever stand in its way? Amazing, right? Seriously, this book just blew me away.  I read it slower than I normally do because I was so focused on what was written. I was so absorbed in the verse I couldn't pull myself out of it to fly through the book.  What a great problem to have!  I will also say that this book was an inspiration to gay teens everywhere. What an amazing story and what an incredible book.  I just couldn't get enough of this story.  Amazing. To say this is a must read is such an understatement that its not even funny.  Definitely on my best of 2013.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I haven't read the book yet but I am looking forward to. I just wanted to mention here that the fist two weeks (until September 10, 2013) the books is out the author will be donating 2 dollars of the proceeds to The Trevor Project. -DG
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is 50 years too late. Levithan speaks of what was, what is and what should be for young boys who become gay men. I could not read for very long without tears in my eyes. I was 13 years old when I knew. I was 70 years old when I finally said I am Gay. I lived at lot in those years to include being married 45 years. But not a day went by that I did not think of "it." It is my grand-childen who made me see it was OK to be gay. It was one special 17 year old high school senior who reminded me of me. The narrators of the book tell the story eloquently. Today people accept and understand. Giant steps have been taken. But there is still a lot that has to change. I was still afraid at 70. Just a little easier. I strongly recommend this book. Good luck and happiness to all the boys. 
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The storyline from the different perspectives of gay boys was really quite amazing and i grew to love every single chaacter, all of which were very well developed. One thing i think people should know before making haste judgement on this book based on the title is the book is not so much a story about two boys kissing as it is about the symbolism of each of the characters and the lives each of the teens that the chorus of gay men lost to aids compare their lives to and comment on how they made similar choices. It warmed my heart and really makes you take a moment to step back and appreciate the things and people in your life. My only criticism is that is was pricy considering that it was only 130ish pages but part of that goes to a good cause (the trevor project) so i suppose it sits fine with me. I would recommend it to everyone because even if you do not support homosexuality i think you can relate to bulling, discrimination, and other cricumstances these teens face, just on a depper level. Please read before judging, it truly is a great book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great read
Molly_Ringle More than 1 year ago
How I loved this book! Didn't want to put it down, even though it's largely a "quiet" type of story; it's more full of thoughts and musings than dramatic moments--but there are certainly dramatic moments, and anyway I loved the whole thing. It follows a few days in the lives of several gay teenage boys, most of whom don't know each other, all living in the vicinity of an unnamed American city. Two of them are setting out to break the world record for longest continuous kiss, filmed and cheered on by their friends and the internet at large (and jeered at by idiots, because that's inescapable even in our enlightened era). Two of them (one of whom is trans) have just met and are in the tentative but entrancing phase of figuring each other out. Two of them have been boyfriends a while and are starting to feel the tedium of long-term relationships. And one, whom I want to hug and then give hours and hours of stern advice to, is in a bad place with his parents and can't find any meaning in internet hookups either, and hates everything including himself, for now. And the first-person-plural narrator of the whole thing is the generation of gay men who died of AIDS and are now watching all of this unfold. It's not as depressing as it sounds! Really. I mean, occasionally it is, but it's also occasionally funny, and frequently inspiring. Because as those nameless men keep trying to tell our struggling teens, life is already getting so much better for them. We have a long way to go before it's all the way better, but it helps to look at the progress in the last few decades, it really does. So yeah. One of those "I have more hope for the world now" books. And we can never have enough of those. Thank you, David Levithan!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Your story is so amazing. Its so brilliant that you relized who you really were the way you did. I am a 14 year old pansexual girl who is questioning being gender non-confirming and I am so scared to come out. Its not the fear of being laughed at that worries me, its the fear of being forever alone. I am ambulaphobic witch means i have a fear of never finding love and story from people like you make me feel safe and like there is hope out there for a small but intencely involved member of the lgbtq+ community. I love you and all other people, een the haters. My beliefs are that haters only hate because there is nobody who genuinly loves them back. #theworldneedsmorelgbtqlove Thank you for sharing your story and to all other readers of this reply, comment above to #unicorncat0 and share your comments on this. PS, i love you
MichelleChung More than 1 year ago
I found out about this book pretty late, but it deserves thumbs up, a standing ovation, tears, love, and everything else. It was just beautiful, and books like this are so necessary today. We need them in this world. I'm so happy to have found this. I share it with so many people. I'm so proud of our society for actually making an LGBT book well-known enough to be recommended in casual conversation in the middle of Walmart!
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I love this book
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simply amazing
kimberlyfaye More than 1 year ago
“The first sentence of the truth is always the hardest. Each of us had a first sentence, and most of us found the strength to say it out loud to someone who deserved to hear it. What we hoped, and what we found, was that the second sentence of the truth is always easier than the first, and the third sentence is even easier than that. Suddenly you are speaking the truth in paragraphs, in pages. The fear, the nervousness, is still there, but it is joined by a new confidence. All along, you've used the first sentence as a lock. But now you find that it's the key.” Every now and then I read a book that I just know will stick with me forever. When I find one of these special books, I want every person I know – and even ones I don't – to read it. That was definitely the case with Two Boys Kissing. This book was truly something special and I can't recommend it highly enough. “If you let the world in, you open yourself up to the world. Even if the world doesn't know that you're there.” I read the audiobook version, which I was pleasantly surprised to find was narrated by the author himself. The book itself was powerful, but having the author read his own words made it that much more so. There's something about listening to an author reading their own words and realizing how much of themselves they put into the characters and the story, that made this one even more powerful and special then it would have been with a different narrator. You could hear his passion for the story in each word he spoke. And those words? They were beautiful and honest. The only drawback of reading this one in audiobook format is that there's no way to highlight the beautiful passages... and there were a lot of them. Had I read this in eBook format, I'd have highlighted half the book. I had to go seek out quotes on Goodreads. “...he hopes that maybe it'll make people a little less scared of two boys kissing than they were before, and a little more welcoming to the idea that all people are, in fact, born equal, no matter who they kiss or screw, no matter what dreams they have or love they give.” Two Boys Kissing is inspired by a true story. Many of them, actually. While it's true the book mostly centers around Harry and Craig's endeavor to break the Guinness World Record for the longest kiss, there are several other characters whose stories are every bit as important to this book. Harry and Craig's bold gesture has a huge impact on these other characters who are attempting to navigate tricky situations on their own. “Love is so painful, how could you ever wish it on anybody? And love is so essential, how could you ever stand in its way?” This book was gorgeous and thought-provoking. I know it will stick with me for a very, very long time. It moved me to tears, made me appreciate the struggle of my gay friends, and most of all, made me realize that while progress has undeniably been made, there's still so much more left to achieve. I've recently read that some parents are petitioning schools to remove this book from their libraries. Now, I'm not going to get on my soapbox on this, but all I can say is that I hope that while the parents aren't open-minded enough to give this book a shot, that the school officials will take a few hours and read this beautiful, powerful book and realize taking it out of libraries would do more harm than good, by far. “You can give words, but you can't take them. And when words are given, that is when they are shared. We remember what that was like. Words so real they were almost tangible. There are conversations you remember, for certain. But more than that, there is the sensation of conversation. You will remember that, even when the precise words begin to blur.” I wasn't sure how the Greek Chorus of gay men would work in this book. It took a little bit of time for me to fully embrace it, but it wasn't long before it became one of my favorite things about this book. Their voices were so honest and it was incredibly moving listening to their thoughts on the events taking place in current day, as compared to their struggles. I got entirely wrapped up in each individual character's story, though I don't think any moved me more than Cooper's. His voice – and the rest of the voices – were so authentic and believable. I've listened to friends talk about some of the same struggles and I think that's what made this book so personal to me. "We know that some of you are still scared. We know that some of you are still silent. Just because it's better now doesn't mean that it's always good.” There's not one thing I would change about this book, except to maybe make it longer. The world needs more books like this, more writers like David Levithan. This was an emotional and hopeful read. We've come a long way, but there's still so much further to come. “We do not start as dust. We do not end as dust. We make more than dust. That's all we ask of you. Make more than dust.”
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Talekyn More than 1 year ago
I was captivated from start to finish. I'm not sure any book I read in 2013 sucked me in so easily and kept me interested so thoroughly; Two Boys Kissing will definitely make my Top Five Reads in 2014. These statements all feel like hyperbole, a type of review I try very hard not to fall into but all three of them are true and honest in this case. I read the book in one sitting, fought back tears (some of sadness, some of rage, some of loss and some of happiness) throughout, and wished it hadn't ended so quickly. In two hundred pages, Levithan interweaves 8 complete stories and does justice to them all. All of the main characters are believable, authentic young men. Harry, Craig, Peter, Neil, Avery, Ryan, Tariq and Cooper are not the idealized Icons of gay teenagers we'd like to think exist but rather are the reality: each has his own personal hurdles to leap on the way to adulthood. The adults in the background likewise have their own struggles to address: some are accepting of their sons' homosexuality, some tacitly acknowledge it but would rather not discuss it, and some don't approve at all. Those who are not parents are also well-represented, some helpful and some not-so. We don't live in a perfect world where all parents love their children no matter what, and Levithan doesn't pretend we do. But he chooses, and most of his characters choose, to focus on hope rather than fear, and that's part of what makes this book so beautiful to read. Even at the darkest moments (and there are a few), there is always hope. The use of a Greek Chorus in the form of gay men who have died from AIDS is a bold touch for a YA book aimed at kids who may not even remember there was an AIDS Crisis in the gay community, and all kudos to Levithan for not only attempting it but succeeding. The Chorus gives us an omniscient narrator, which enables the author to move freely among the focal characters, but it also gives that omniscience a personality and voice that is not a distraction from the main action of the book. Also kudos to Levithan for not just focusing on CIS-gendered white gay boys. The inclusion of Tariq (whose recent victimization by gay-bashers inspires Harry and Craig to set this kissing record) and Avery (a transgendered boy) help the book to find its real emotional center. I can't imagine this story being told without them.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The 'Greek Chorus' point-of-view is strange really, and just a little hard to get used to. There are a lot of 'we's in it. The story's great though! And the POV is fitting. As for the writing itself, it's extremely poetic. More so than then the other books by this author I've read, it isn't what I would have done but it makes for an extremely emotional tone which helps to carry the main purpose and argument of the story.
ReadingToEscape More than 1 year ago
This book is narrated by gay gays who have died from HIV and they tell three different stories. When I first started reading, I was struggling to stay with it because it didn't seem like my kind of book. Little did I know that just a mere 2 hours later I would be crying and thinking that was a great book! I think this book should be a must read. Even if the beginning is a little slow for you, keep going! I did and I don't regret it!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I couldnt agree more
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This author sincerly knows how to write a book. Levithan gives me hope and really inspired me. This is not a book. Its a work of art. I support every word Levithan writes. Because of this book, i will read every other book he has written. There needs to be more authors like Levithan writing more books like Boy Meets Boy in this world. And goddammit, he makes me think my wish might just come true
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Absolutely loved it!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A wonderful, witty, sad, silly and entertaining look at love and life from every perspective. This is a book everyone should read. Teens, adults, gay, straight, it is enlightening and educating. Open your eyes, read this book and view a new, changing world.