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: If I Was Your Girl by Meredith Russo

During the ALA Conference in Orlando, our library branches won grants to bring around 15 teens to present their opinions on YALSA’s BFYA nominees. The teens loved raiding the schwag from the Exhibits Hall, and even though we tried, we couldn’t get them to stop hoarding. Not that we would purposely discourage anyone from getting free books, but these guys had 10 overflowing bags each with handles snapping.  This load had to be carried back to the car and smooshed in the trunk. I swear my car’s rear end sunk, dragging us along, weighed down by signed books, sunglasses, posters, and comics. In one last raid, a few teens caught up with Meredith Russo, who they instantly fell in love with. She signed their books, chatted them up, and a year later, she even Skyped in for their book club. One of my girls brought me back a signed copy…

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