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Two Boys Kissing

by David Levithan

Random House Children's Books | August 27, 2013 | Hardcover

5 out of 5 rating. 1 Reviews
Named to the 2013 National Book Award Longlist
A 2014 Stonewall Honor Book


In his follow-up to the New York Times bestselling Every Day, David Levithan, co-author of bestsellers Will Grayson, Will Grayson and Nick and Norah''s Infinite Playlist, tells the based-on-true-events story of Harry and Craig, two 17-year-olds who are about to take part in a 32-hour marathon of kissing to set a new Guinness World Record-all of which is narrated by a Greek Chorus of the generation of gay men lost to AIDS. While the two increasingly dehydrated and sleep-deprived boys are locking lips, they become a focal point in the lives of other teen boys dealing with languishing long-term relationships, coming out, navigating gender identity, and falling deeper into the digital rabbit hole of gay hookup sites-all while the kissing (former) couple tries to figure out their own feelings for each other.

The Los Angeles Times called Two Boys Kissing "Open, frank and ultimately optimistic," and Entertainment Weekly gave the novel an A-. With Levithan''s trademark sharp-witted, warm-hearted tales of teenage love, Two Boys Kissing will appeal to fans of Levithan''s breakthrough debut, Boy Meets Boy, which celebrated its 10th anniversary in 2013.

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 208 Pages, 5.91 × 8.27 × 0.79 in

Published: August 27, 2013

Publisher: Random House Children's Books

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0307931900

ISBN - 13: 9780307931900

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Two Boys Kissing

Two Boys Kissing

by David Levithan

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 208 Pages, 5.91 × 8.27 × 0.79 in

Published: August 27, 2013

Publisher: Random House Children's Books

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0307931900

ISBN - 13: 9780307931900

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Named to the 2013 National Book Award Longlist
A 2014 Stonewall Honor Book


In his follow-up to the New York Times bestselling Every Day, David Levithan, co-author of bestsellers Will Grayson, Will Grayson and Nick and Norah''s Infinite Playlist, tells the based-on-true-events story of Harry and Craig, two 17-year-olds who are about to take part in a 32-hour marathon of kissing to set a new Guinness World Record-all of which is narrated by a Greek Chorus of the generation of gay men lost to AIDS. While the two increasingly dehydrated and sleep-deprived boys are locking lips, they become a focal point in the lives of other teen boys dealing with languishing long-term relationships, coming out, navigating gender identity, and falling deeper into the digital rabbit hole of gay hookup sites-all while the kissing (former) couple tries to figure out their own feelings for each other.

The Los Angeles Times called Two Boys Kissing "Open, frank and ultimately optimistic," and Entertainment Weekly gave the novel an A-. With Levithan''s trademark sharp-witted, warm-hearted tales of teenage love, Two Boys Kissing will appeal to fans of Levithan''s breakthrough debut, Boy Meets Boy, which celebrated its 10th anniversary in 2013.

About 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 and Dash & Lily''s Book of Dares with Rachel Cohn.

Editorial Reviews

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: "Le
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