Two Boys Kissing

Levithan, David

Book - 2013
Average Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5.
Two Boys Kissing
A chorus of men who died of AIDS observes and yearns to help a cross-section of today's gay teens who navigate new love, long-term relationships, coming out, self-acceptance, and more in a society that has changed in many ways.

Published: New York :, Alfred A. Knopf,, 2013.
Edition: First edition.
ISBN: 0307931919
Branch Call Number: YA LEV
Characteristics: 200 pages ;,22 cm


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Jan 15, 2015

This YA book has a lot of maturity and depth to it-- definitely more substantive than, say, Twilight. People who like Rainbow Rowell's or John Green's YA novels will probably like this one, too, because it is more serious but also more beautifully written. The concept of the narrator(s) being an omniscient Greek Chorus of gay men who died of AIDS is brilliant, and the choice to make the novel about the stories of multiple gay teens instead of just one or two offers lots of differing viewpoints and experiences on what it's like to be a gay or trans youth today, from those of very accepting and open experiences to those cast out of their families. Absolutely brilliant and moving.

Aug 01, 2014
  • lbarkema rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Every one of David Levithan's books is unique and different and he is not afraid to try something totally new. This is why I keep reading his novels, that and he really can write some beautiful sentences. Two Boys Kissing was no exception. It is not my absolute favorite that I have read of his but it was still very good and I really enjoyed the way it was told.

Jul 28, 2014

Every time two boys kiss, it opens up the world a little bit more."
Two Boys Kissing is a powerful mix of voices, generations, pains, and fears. Characters and voices that will show readers how so many emotions and opinions have changed and how so many things heart-shatteringly remain the same. Parents hurt, kids bully, and society disappoints no matter what the year on the calendar reads. BUT at the same time people reach out, pain heals, and hearts beat with life and love. Two boys kissing is the first book I'm reading by David Levithan, and it will definitely not be the last! This book is amazing, so beautiful and real. It made me laugh and it made me cry, ripping my heart to shred.
The cover pretty much sums up the major plot surrounding eight characters, whose storylines overlap: Ex-boyfriends Harry and Craig aim to break the Guinness World Record for the longest kiss inspired and supported by their friend Tariq who got beaten up by haters. Meanwhile, we get to know the couple Neil and Peter, follow Ryan when he starts dating Avery who was born in a girl’s body and Cooper, who doesn’t feel comfortable with his identity.
I fell in love with all the characters, struggling and laughing with them, feeling their pain and joy! There were so many emotional moments in this book, so many things that made me think. I had to reread a lot of the things I read, not because I didn't get it, but because it was so amazingly well written!

Apr 18, 2014

I am about the age of the narrators of the book, and it depicts accurately how I perceive gay youth. So much good news, and then the pain when young people do not get the benefit of the progress we made in last few decades. Although I write about the viewpoint of the narrator, the book is really the stories of the young men and the people in their lives. The narrative voice is to provide continuity and perspective over the various story arcs.

Oct 16, 2013

Two Boys Kissing is a really unique perspective on gay rights told from the point of view of gay men lost to AIDS. It follows the lives of a bunch of different gay teens, each with a unique story. It took me a little while to get into it but then I really loved it. I got right into each of the characters and was really moved by their stories. Definitely recommended to fans of more literary fiction like John Green.


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