Book Review: "Two Boys Kissing" by David Levithan

Follow these boys over the course of a very important weekend.  These boys don’t necessarily know each other, they may not live in the same town, but this one weekend will change the lives for them all.  Two boys, ex-boyfriends actually, set out to break the world record for the longest kiss.  Another two boys are navigating the very beginning stages of what may be the start of something special.  Still another couple are figuring out what it is to be in a long term relationship and one last boy is dealing with not having much of a relationship with anyone.

And all of this is told in a slightly confusing yet quite inspired manner.  The stories are told from a different kind of narrator, and this makes quite an impact.  I’m not sure how to adequately talk about this without giving it away, because I feel like I might diminish some of the book’s magic if I did.  So this is tricky.

I will say this – while this is being marketed and shelved as a YA book, I think this may also have immense appeal for those who also read or even prefer adult or literary fiction.  This isn’t to say that teens, especially those with an interest in LGBTQ literature, wouldn’t enjoy this book.   But I wouldn’t necessarily give this to the reluctant reader – unless there is a strong interest in the realities explored here.

These stories are important stories – they need to be told and read and shared.

*****
Two Boys Kissing
by David Levithan
Alfred A. Knopf, 2013
196 pages
Source:  Library
*****
Link for purchase:

Two Boys Kissing (link to Amazon)

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  1. I agree completely! Everyone should read it, but for younger readers it might be better if there were an explanation before or after about the greek chorus. I didn't even make that connection until another friend explicitly said it.

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