Book Review: Two Boys Kissing by David Levithan

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…

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Review: Girls Like Us By Gail Giles

Girls Like Us by Gail Giles is a young adult read that takes risks at portraying ‘street’ youth with emotional and physical disabilities.  This title is especially relevant for its multicultural and realistic fiction elements. Upon high school graduation and spending years as “Speddies” in the special education program, Biddy and Quincy enter the ‘real’ world. Placed in a safe home environment with an older woman and given jobs, both girls learn to work together.  Ultimately, the girls form a family with the people around them, and over time, Biddy and Quincy discover how to overcome abuse and rape. At the book’s heart, Giles examines Biddy and Quincy to their core; as Biddy sheds her protective, giant coat filled with candy bars, we know that these characters have grown. Chapters alternate with each girl’s distinct voice.  The different perspectives help to show the unique ways in which we see and interpret the world.…

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Book Review- Road Trips: A Guide to Travel, Adventure, and Choosing Your Own Path by Jen CK Jacobs

With fun and beautifully placed pictures, stories, interviews, charts, and recipes, Road Trips by Jen CK Jacobs advises readers how to have the most fruitful travel experiences on the road. Divided into four distinct and concise parts, Jacobs begins by telling readers how to set out on an adventure.  This preparation includes checking the car and packing snacks.  Jacobs suggests journaling and recording those experiences as well as compiling and showcasing inspiring mementos for years to come. The forth section, compiled from her journal entries, describes Jacobs’ favorite road trips.  She shares what she has learned about life, death, and love. A few of her destinations include Ireland and the Joshua Tree, emphasizing the universality of this nonfiction, teenage and adult read. Lastly, Jacobs’ ends with helpful books and other travel resources to help any type of explorer better navigate the world. Jacobs might just be my writing soul sister,…

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