The Realm of Possibility

The Realm of Possibility

by David Levithan
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Guest More than 1 year ago
However... after realizing how completely ACCURATE this book is, the 5 star rating is completely necessary. From a span of about 5 pages i had went from sad to lauging my (butt) off.... from touched to disgusted. Levithan is able to depict the most vivid emotions with naught but a few fleeting words scattered amongst lines of flowing free verse poetry. More than commended... this book has my highest praise and is my read of the year.
Lunabell More than 1 year ago
It's easier for people to fall in love with a character in a book than a story. Or at least for me it is. Because the book is written in free verse by twenty different people, you're sure to find one character, or story to love. "The Realm of Possibility" was definitely one of the best books I read this year. It has loners, it has popular kids it has straights, gays, lesbians, it has drug users, and it has dorks. It has it all. Like I said, there's something in it for everyone.

So go read it. Seriously.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is one of the most poignant books I have ever read. David Levithan somehow knows exactly how high schoolers feel, act and just are overall. I was blown away by his beautiful, flowing free verse poetry. He so perfectly describes first loves, the awkwardness of the social scene in high school, and he addresses the issue of gender and sexuality in an appropriate and understanding manner. Working at a bookshop, I got the advance copy of the book to read back in December and was immediately in love with this book. The funny thing is, I'm not usually one to read poetry, but this book defies all of the cliches and usual poetry stereotypes. It is, quite simply, a wonderful and perfect book that embodies all of the feelings an adolescent goes through, something that is not easily captured by simple words. David Levithan tells these peoples' stories in a flowing and beautiful manner. This is definitely a good read, and recommended to all.
Guest More than 1 year ago
When I first read this book I was stunned at the range of emotion and how well David Levithan captures emotion. I fell in love with Jed and Daniel and wondered along with Charlotte. The words are arranged so beautifully in these poems that anyone can appreciate it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
it is amazing how he can turn our thoughts and feelings into words ... i couldn't put this book down ... ive never felt more connected to any story ive ever read ... he is an amazing author i felt like i was listening to twenty highschool students ... it just blew me away
Guest More than 1 year ago
I couldn't put the book down; it took me about an hour to read the whole thing and I fell in love with it by the second verse. The content was perfect and the story was depicted wonderfully, even if it is composed entirely of poems.
Delicate-Eternity-Books More than 1 year ago
The Realm of Possibility is gorgeous. Absolutely gorgeous. I haven’t read many books in prose (or song lyrics, or stream of consciousness – which all appear in The Realm of Possibility, but for ease, I’ll just say it’s prose), because the few I have read haven’t been able to get me to really invest my emotions. There’s a kind of detachment because not everything flows in the right way. But that was not the case with The Realm of Possibility. This was written so beautifully, and I connected with every single one of the character pieces that I read. Each one was so very unique and distinct, and I could feel everything they were feeling. It was just superb. One of the things I absolutely loved most about The Realm of Possibility was the fact that all the characters were connected. I think you would have to pay close attention to realise the connections between some of the characters, but even so – it was lovely. I was able to read about why characters were the way they were, and why they felt the way they felt. Even though it's very hard to pick a favourite couple, or a favourite character, I have to say that my favourites are Daniel and Jed. Daniel's piece is the first piece in the book, and that was when I really fell in love with The Realm of Possibility. With this quote right here: "in my english notebook, i had catalogued his graces while in his mind he had detailed my kindnesses, dreamed about saying things i dreamed of hearing." AH, I JUST REALLY REALLY LOVED THIS BOOK. And I just want you to read it. I want you to read it in one sitting, like I did. Because it just lets you invest yourself in the book, and I think it’s a lot easier to see the connections when you’re reading it in one go. So, please. If your morning is like mine right now – rainy and cold and in no way outside weather (or even the opposite – sunny and warm and you can read on the grass) – pick up The Realm of Possibility. Read about love, and friendship, and pain, and happiness, and everything that makes us human. Because you won’t regret it. Because The Realm of Possibility is one of the most beautiful books I have had the pleasure of reading this year. Because after I finished, I held it to my chest and wrapped my arms around it. Because you need it in your life. © 2016, Chiara @ Books for a Delicate Eternity. All rights reserved.
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make a tv series please
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I got this book around the time it first came out before my freshman year and still read it years later. It was a really cool book to read as a teen as I and friends and people around me went through things so similar to the teens in the book. It was inspiring, the story of these different characters who faced with all these teenage struggles find their ways through them and even take leaps of courage into these realms of possibilities. It was great because as I went through these confusing, awkward, intimidating, sad or out right breath taking moments of high school adolescences I felt understood, not alone. It felt ok rather then scary or weird. I read how these teens in his writings would be faced with all these possibilities and take these chances to chase a possibility at something amazing in its way and it gave me a courage, an understanding. Even at the risk--that your crush won't return your feelings, your relationship won't last, you'll not fit in, it'll blow up in your face--it'll go bad there's also the chance it'll lead to something great. And that understanding and hopeful courage gave me a willingness to dive head long into these realms of possibilities in my life. Not many books do that, speak to and inspire or empower you, but this one did for me. And that's what makes it so special in my eyes. It's ability to speak to you, a person in these scenarios, like another teen facing the same things the same way you are. Like it's right there with you, like a kid from one of your classes. Not like an adult writing about it, but like another teen just like you experiencing in that moment the same as you. This book is great and so different in look and tone from most other poetry I've read. I'd recommend it to anyone interested by poetry or a teen looking for a relatable story, it's definitely worth the buy and time to read.
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KristyJewel More than 1 year ago
Everytime I read this novel I find something new to fall in love with. This book quickly became my favorite novel and David Levithan has earned the honor of being my favorite author.  This novel has changed my life. The characters are intertwined and connect in ways that our every day lives intertwine.  I love the fact that David Levithan has characters that anyone can relate to. If you're the popular kid, you will relate to someone. If you're that kid in the back of the classroom, you will relate to someone. There are 20 different characters and you will be able to relate to at least one of them.  I recommend this book to everyone
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This book is amazing. I am only 13 but i can relate to what these characters are going through and i fell in love with them. The way the author put it together is great to and even though it is kindof hard to follow i understood everything. All i have to say is AMAZING BOOK! =^_^=
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Kaely More than 1 year ago
David Levithan portrays the stories of twenty characters through poems and free verse in the book The Realm of Possibility. The unique aspect of this book is the vast amount of social issues that students could potentially face in high school. In some books about high school issues, the reader can enjoy the tragedy or the entertainment, but cannot relate. In this book, the other presents different issues such as homosexuality, losing a loved one, smoking and drinking, peer pressure, rivalry amongst peers and most importantly, teenage love. By exploring the different issues of adolescence, more potential exists for a reader to be able to relate to one or more of them. Throughout each individual story, the characters try to identify who they are and who they want to be. A majority of the characters find just that through love. In today's society, acceptance of homosexuality is improving, but high school students struggle especially with the acceptance of it whether it is themselves or their friends. This book positively reinforces the feelings of acceptance and discourages those of doubt, which can be difficult in a high school atmosphere where that is a new possibility. Often times in high school, peers disapprove of relationships that extend out of a social group. Levithan presents the stories of several characters that doubt their feelings due to their peers, but persevere and find that love is not defined by social status or even gender. Every high school student endures some form of peer pressure, whether it is drugs, smoking, alcohol or even cheating. The Realm of Possibility allows a reader to see how teenagers accept themselves and their lifestyles at times when judgment appears from many sources and overcome the relentless pressure to conform to others' actions. David Levithan opens the door to the angst of high school life and how with acceptance of yourself and exploring your realm of possibility, you can overcome any obstacle, insecurity, heartbreak or doubt.
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Mandi Ayochok More than 1 year ago
Wonderful book. Worth the money. Some would say this book is confusing, but it isn't, not for me atleast. Its writen from different points of view and everyone in the book is linked to each other someway. I think its kinda sweet.
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Katie Pollock More than 1 year ago
an absolute must read for poetry lovers or really anyone who enjoys amazing lines that will linger in your mind long after you set it down. i am in love with this book: )
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