Thursday, 26 September 2013

Review: Two Boys Kissing by David Levithan

Book: Two Boys Kissing

Author: David Levithan

Publisher: Knopf Books

Format: Hardcover

Pages: 208 Pages

Goodreads Summary

 New York Times  bestselling author David Levithan 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.

I am always weary about books that I've over hyped. I'm scared that I've wrecked them for myself and they wont live up to what I think they will be. This was not the case for Two Boys Kissing. It surpassed by expectations and I was as happy as I could possibly be with this book.

First thing I thought when I read the synopsis was holy crap what even is this? It's narrated by a Greek chours of gay men that have died from AIDs, and is about two boys just...making out? What? But don't let that top you from reading this. The narration is so special. It gives the story life, so to speak. The narrators are giving their commentary on these boys lives, saying how they had been there before, and giving them advice, and getting hurt that they aren't there to do things differently. And the prose is beautiful. It is eloquent, but not overwhelming, and it had this beautiful tone of nostalgia mixed in with a feeling of hope.

The characters in this book were what made it special as well. The diversity represented in the boys was amazing, but also in their situations, their friends, and their families. It was realistic to say the least. When I was reading this, I was struck by the diversity in the different stories and how each character chose to deal with them.

I really don't have much to say about this one besides that it was amazing. There is no real way to describe it. It's an experience to say the least and an amazing one at that. I recommend this book to everyone.

5/5 stars.


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