Two Boys Kissing

Hardcover | August 27, 2013

byDavid Levithan

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A 2014 Lambda Literary Award Winner
A 2014 Stonewall Honor Book
Named to the 2013 National Book Award Longlist
 
"You have to read this.”
- Rainbow Rowell, author of Eleanor & Park

In his follow-up to the New York Times bestselling Every Day, David Levithan, coauthor of bestsellers Will Grayson, Will Grayson and Nick & Norah’s Infinite Playlist, 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.

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A 2014 Lambda Literary Award Winner A 2014 Stonewall Honor BookNamed to the 2013 National Book Award Longlist  "You have to read this.” - Rainbow Rowell, author of Eleanor & Park In his follow-up to the New York Times bestselling Every Day, David Levithan, coauthor of bestsellers Will Grayson, Will Grayson and Nick & Norah’s Infinite Playlist, crafts a novel that the Los Angeles Times calls “open,...

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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Format:HardcoverDimensions:208 pages, 8.54 × 6.15 × 0.8 inPublished:August 27, 2013Publisher:Random House Children's BooksLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0307931900

ISBN - 13:9780307931900

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Haunting and well written. I only read this book because it was an impulse read. "Oh an lgbt+ book! cool!" But it was so much more than that. The writing was stunning, and flawless, I loved how it was put together. I thought the narration would bother me, I don't like reading third person. Yet this book feels like it couldn't have been written any other way. I found myself crying at the end, it was this subconscious thing. I had gotten so attached to these characters, and events that happen to them near the end broke me. I really really enjoyed this book. It is under-appreciated. I wish more would read it.
Date published: 2016-01-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Haunting and heart-warming... I fell in love with David Levithan's writing when I listened to the audio book of _Boy Meets Boy_. Here, in _Two Boys Kissing_, he writes in a lyrical, disjointed style that I quickly realised was not madness, but method! The characters are all deftly drawn and realistic, and they are easy to love, and hate, and love again with more awareness as the story closes. I'm an early-30s gay guy, and reading books like this is an education for me: first for my "inner teenager," who was terrified that he might actually be gay but wanted someone to sit him down at tell him how the world really worked; and second for my not-so-inner writer- and scholar-self, because I believe it's important to remember our Queer history and to tell our stories as truthfully and beautifully as possible. My favourite part of the novel was how deftly Levithan wove the voices of the living and the dead (who are, somehow, still alive, like a communion of Queer saints). I grew to love the voices of the men who died of AIDS just as much as the winsome and complicated teens (and adults!) of the book. If you like teen romance, gay history, teen angst, difficult discussions, and hopefulness all in one package, I'll bet you will love this book!  
Date published: 2014-02-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent Loved the narration
Date published: 2013-12-01