Two Boys Kissing

Two Boys Kissing

Book - 2013
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A chorus of men who died of AIDS observes and yearns to help a cross-section of today's gay teens who navigate new love, long-term relationships, coming out, self-acceptance, and more in a society that has changed in many ways.
Publisher: New York : Alfred A. Knopf, c2013
Edition: 1st ed. --
ISBN: 9780307931900
0307931900
Branch Call Number: FIC Levit
Characteristics: 200 p

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Chapel_Hill_KatieJ Dec 23, 2016

Once I started reading David Levithan books, I couldn’t stop. All of his books are unique and inventive, and Two Boys Kissing is no different. A Greek chorus made up of a generation lost to AIDS narrates this story of eight interconnected teenagers. The narrators are in awe of all the changes that have happened since their lifetime, but also sad to see that hatefulness and judgement gone away. The title characters are Craig and Harry, who have set out to break the Guinness World record for longest kiss. They attract a worldwide audience as they try to reach their goal. It is a beautifully written book that is both sad and hopeful.

AL_DANIEL Nov 21, 2016

This is a great novel for anyone who loves a feel good story. Levithan does a wonderful job of telling the stories of total strangers and intertwining them to create a warm-hearted ending. The characters take on the tough issues surrounding the LGBTQ community, cope with those issues, and address them and give a hopeful outlook for the readers.

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wpl_teenleadership
Nov 14, 2016

The touching novel written by David Levithan, 'two boys kissing' is a mix of many shorter stories combined into one fantastic book. With the cute dates and the record breaking, the stories of these LGBT couples will warm your heart.

I recommend this book to those who struggle or have struggled with finding their identities as well as dealing with all types of discrimination relating the LGBT community. The book allows insight on many issues that are very relatable and common amongst LGBT youth.

Reviewed by Cam for the Teen Leadership Council.

Liked Two Boys Kissing? Cam recommends Drag Teen, Gracefully Grayson, or Every Day as similar reads.

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moviefan01
Aug 19, 2016

Wow! What a novel! I liked how this author told the stories of eight characters: Three couples and two singles, and the story line involving Craig and Harry's kiss-a-thon was very compelling. At first, this royal we chorus of gay men plot device was a tad off putting, and one of my friends didn't like that angle at all and didn't finish the novel, but I ended up liking it okay. One unfortunate angle: The library copy I read had been defaced, with anti-gay remarks penciled in, then erased by library staffers. It would be easy for me to soapbox about that, but I'll keep it to giving this book a 5-star rating.

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katie_jones
Oct 12, 2015

I really loved this book. The narration was unique in that it is told by a Greek Chorus of gay men who died of AIDS and are now looking down on young gay men trying to find their voices in a world that wants to silence them. The writing was beautiful and the story was triumphant. I feel like this world would be a much better place if this book were required reading for everyone in high school. People might just be nicer to one another for having spent time with these characters.

This YA book has a lot of maturity and depth to it-- definitely more substantive than, say, Twilight. People who like Rainbow Rowell's or John Green's YA novels will probably like this one, too, because it is more serious but also more beautifully written. The concept of the narrator(s) being an omniscient Greek Chorus of gay men who died of AIDS is brilliant, and the choice to make the novel about the stories of multiple gay teens instead of just one or two offers lots of differing viewpoints and experiences on what it's like to be a gay or trans youth today, from those of very accepting and open experiences to those cast out of their families. Absolutely brilliant and moving.

lbarkema Aug 01, 2014

Every one of David Levithan's books is unique and different and he is not afraid to try something totally new. This is why I keep reading his novels, that and he really can write some beautiful sentences. Two Boys Kissing was no exception. It is not my absolute favorite that I have read of his but it was still very good and I really enjoyed the way it was told.

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Sarahjka
Jul 28, 2014

Every time two boys kiss, it opens up the world a little bit more."
Two Boys Kissing is a powerful mix of voices, generations, pains, and fears. Characters and voices that will show readers how so many emotions and opinions have changed and how so many things heart-shatteringly remain the same. Parents hurt, kids bully, and society disappoints no matter what the year on the calendar reads. BUT at the same time people reach out, pain heals, and hearts beat with life and love. Two boys kissing is the first book I'm reading by David Levithan, and it will definitely not be the last! This book is amazing, so beautiful and real. It made me laugh and it made me cry, ripping my heart to shred.
The cover pretty much sums up the major plot surrounding eight characters, whose storylines overlap: Ex-boyfriends Harry and Craig aim to break the Guinness World Record for the longest kiss inspired and supported by their friend Tariq who got beaten up by haters. Meanwhile, we get to know the couple Neil and Peter, follow Ryan when he starts dating Avery who was born in a girl’s body and Cooper, who doesn’t feel comfortable with his identity.
I fell in love with all the characters, struggling and laughing with them, feeling their pain and joy! There were so many emotional moments in this book, so many things that made me think. I had to reread a lot of the things I read, not because I didn't get it, but because it was so amazingly well written!

k_t Oct 16, 2013

Two Boys Kissing is a really unique perspective on gay rights told from the point of view of gay men lost to AIDS. It follows the lives of a bunch of different gay teens, each with a unique story. It took me a little while to get into it but then I really loved it. I got right into each of the characters and was really moved by their stories. Definitely recommended to fans of more literary fiction like John Green.

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