Book Review: Two Boys Kissing by David Levithan

Book Review: Two Boys Kissing by David Levithan

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It is OK for two boys to kiss. As Levithan narrates, it does not matter who you kiss or who you screw. Most importantly, we are all human beings and deserve equality. Two Boys Kissing, written and read by David Levithan, is a popular LGBT+ young adult novel based on a true story of two boys attempting to break the Guinness Book of World Records for the longest kiss.  This review is based on the audiobook version of Two Boys Kissing.

Given fictional names, Craig and Harry are the center of this story.  Surrounded by a myriad of struggling gay boys, both alive and dead, Craig and Harry must navigate everyday life. Hauntingly, ghosts of previous boys who have died from AIDS share the story of the Craig’s and Harry’s journey.

The narrative is esoteric, mature, emotional, and intellectual.  The intense subject matter, including suicide, is paired with the humorous act of a 32-hour kiss. Many of the themes throughout Two Boys Kissing include disease, online dating, coming out, hatred versus acceptance, and what it means to be a part of the LGBT+ community. As a slight warning, the pace and sometimes abstract concepts may lose younger readers. However, as an audiobook read by the author, Levithan knows when to quicken the pace, lower the tone, and slow down to draw in listeners.

Overall, Two Boys Kissing is an inspiring read that covers many of the issues the LGBTQ community faces.  In a message of strength, the title demonstrates how much we have and will continue to overcome.

Among much recognition, this title is the winner of the 2014 Lambda Literary Award and is a 2014 Stonewall Honor Book, awards that honor the LGBT+ community.

If you are looking for another great LGBT+ read, please see my review about another favorite title, If I Was Your GirlFor a more fantastical LGBT+ read, check out Lumberjanes.

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My Favorite Books By David Levithan

David Levithan is one of my favorite young adult authors; these are my top choices of his books, all of which I have read:

 

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