Two Boys Kissing by David Levithan

Two Boys Kissing

byDavid Levithan

Kobo ebook | August 27, 2013

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"You have to read this.” —**Rainbow Rowell, bestselling author of *Eleanor & Park*

In his follow-up to tthe *New York Times* bestselling author of* Every Day,* andDavid Levithan, coauthor of bestsellers Will Grayson, Will Grayson (with John Green) and* Nick & Norah’s Infinite Playlist* (with Rachel Cohn)*,* 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.
 
Named to the National Book Award Longlist
A Lambda Literary Award Winner
A Stonewall Honor Book

“An intriguing, complex narrative with an unusual point of view…[and] a quality of retrospection that is rare (and refreshing) in YA literature.” —*The Washington Post*

From the Hardcover edition.

Title:Two Boys KissingFormat:Kobo ebookPublished:August 27, 2013Publisher:Random House Children's BooksLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0307975649

ISBN - 13:9780307975645

Reviews

Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great This is a great book. I enjoyed it much more than I had expected.
Date published: 2017-09-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing book! I read this book from my local library at first and after I finished it i just had to have it for my own! it so good, it based on a touchy subject like suicide and the LGBT community. The way David Levithan delivered it was very powerful.
Date published: 2017-06-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from My favourite book of all time I am absolutely in love with this book. The narration is so unique and haunting, the representation is incredible, the characters are stunning, and the different stories are just absolutely amazing. I carry this book with me at all times because I reread some quotes which have really stuck with me. As a queer transman Avery is so well developed and has more character traits than just being trans. This book is life changing.
Date published: 2017-06-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Can Everyone Read This? Absolutely beautiful prose. Heartbreaking and hopeful. #plumreview
Date published: 2017-03-07
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Glad To See Queer Representation This novel, for anyone who does not know, runs through the perspectives and storylines of 7 male-bodied individuals, all of whom are in or wanting relationships, finding their identity, dealing with life, and trying to be a person. It's beautiful that Levithan is able to include such important and necessary stories--the people who find coming out easy, the people who struggle, the people who will never be happy--these are all real experiences that come to life through these characters (some based on real people). My only complaint is that sometimes it took myself, personally, a second to figure out who's story we were reading. As well, the idea of happiness only coming from being in a monogamous relationship seems heteronormative and problematic itself. Nonetheless, an important novel that can really help some kids.
Date published: 2017-03-05
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