By: Melanie | August 31, 2013 | (14) Comments

Review: Two Boys Kissing by David LevithanTwo Boys Kissing by David Levithan
Publisher: Text Publishing Australia
Release Date: August 21st, 2013
Genres: Contemporary, Romance, YA
Pages: 208
Source: Received in exchange for review
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The two boys kissing are Craig and Harry. They're hoping to set the world's record for longest kiss. They're not a couple, but they used to be.

Peter and Neil are a couple. Their kisses are different.

Avery and Ryan have only just met and are trying to figure out what happens next. Both of them worry that something will go wrong.

Cooper is alone. It's getting to the point where he doesn't really feel things anymore.

These boys, along with their friends and families, form a taspestry that will reveal love of all kinds: open and eager, tentative and cautious, pained and sacred. New York Times bestselling author David Levithan has sewn together their lives into a redemptive whole that will captivate, illumintate, and move readers.

My Review

We were once like you, only our world wasn’t like yours. You have no idea how close to death you came. A generation or two earlier, you might be here with us.

We resent you. You astonish us.

I have never read a GLBT book in my life. I have never had an opinion on gay people. I have never needed to. I have never really thought about gay people. I have never. So I thought it was time to read a GLBT book. I decided to see what my opinion on gay people would be. I thought what it would be like to have an opinion. I have read Two Boys Kissing and I fell in love with it. It’s unconditionally relevant and wistful. Hopeful and full of meaning. This is my first David Levithan book. This is my fist GLBT novel. And this will not be my last.

The narrative view-point of Two Boys Kissing is not something that I have come across before. It’s the voice of hundreds of dead gay teens, who died out from AIDs. Unlike other readers who took some time to grow to love this narration, I connected with it instantly. The included quote at the top is an example of what I mean. The inclusive pronoun, ‘we’, made this book even more heartbreakingly beautiful than ever. There are scenes of urgency, rage and pure joy, and I could feel these emotions so vividly thanks to the narration which clearly took a large advantage. Trust me people, they don’t sound like a mob of zombies.

What makes Two Boys Kissing such an imperative read for basically everyone, is that it follows the stories of different gay teens in different relationship statuses. Craig and Harry don’t care what other people think, they may not necessarily be a couple anymore but they are planning to set a new record for the longest kiss. In front of their school. Peter and Neil have been a couple for a while now, but there are terms to be met and hidden facts to be faced. There’s Avery and Ryan who have only just met, and don’t know what to do next. But then there’s Cooper. Alone. Confused. Falling from reality. Not caring anymore. All these boys have a story worth sharing, all share their situations. All share how their friends and families deal with the new facts that; Craig, Harry, Avery, Ryan, Cooper, Neil and Peter are gay. I surprised myself, by loving every single character David Levithan placed forward, each and every single one of them felt genuine. I could feel their pain, anger, hope and love. Two Boys Kissing ached with its rawness.

There are messages here to realise. David Levithan did not write this novel for the sake of just writing it. He wrote it to the world. He wrote it to gay males, more importantly. Two Boys Kissing is about falling in and out of love. Embracing and hiding from the truth. Fighting and cowering from families and friends. Two Boys Kissing may just be following a few days of a few people’s lives, but the way it’s addressed and presented is so ground shaking.

All in all, Two Boys Kissing is phenomenal. Beautiful. And I highly recommend it. Everything about this novel was authentic and moving.

 ~Thank you Text Publishing for sending me this copy!~

5 Stars
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Melanie

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Melanie is one of the totally fabulous bloggers at YA Midnight Reads. She's a 16 year old student from Melbourne, Australia. She is normally found binge watching TV series, reading , blogging, procrastinating or fangirling about how Percabeth is the best ship ever. She's also a lover of caps lock and uses it excessively.

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14 Responses to Review: Two Boys Kissing by David Levithan

  1. Celine says:

    Wonderful review, Mel <3

    I'm so excited for this one! I really need this now and this will definitely be my next purchase. I've heard nothing but good things about this and I too want to read my first GLBT novel 🙂
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  2. Johanna Richards says:

    Beautiful review, Melanie! I bought this one just today and can’t wait to get started, David Levithan always delivers, you really should read Every Day.

  3. Megan says:

    This one really does sound amazing. I have pretty limited experience with GLBT novels as well, but this one sounds so good, it’s probably a great place to start. Wonderful review!
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  4. I’m such a fan of David Levithan — I’m very excited to read this book!!
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  5. Rachel says:

    I’m a fan of David Levithan’s writing, so smart and witty, so it doesn’t surprise me that you enjoyed this, Melanie. Lovely review! 🙂
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  6. I love how you were so open-minded about this book. I’ve actually never read a GLBT book, but I really want to, and this looks like an excellent place to start!
    Brilliant review, I’m so glad you enjoyed it!
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  7. Two Boys Kissing sounds like such a poignant novel, and I’ve been hearing nothing but really fantastic things about it, so I’m glad that you loved this one! The characters sound realistic and unique. The way you describe the scenes is definitely making me even more intrigued, and the fact that this explores LGBT, which is a topic almost never covered, is almost like a guaranteed hit for me 🙂

    Fantastic review, Melanie! <33
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  8. That’s great you loved your first GLBT novel! There are obviously some you won’t like in the future, but I love them for the most part! I suggest David Inside Out by Lee Bantle since you’re newer to LGBT novels. He was a client of mine about a year ago and I just really love his book.

    I want to read Two Boys Kissing so much more now!
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  9. Chloe Lee says:

    I have never read a book by this author or read a GLBT novel but that may have to change very soon. This was a very helpful and intelligent review. Thanks Mel!
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  10. Filia Oktarina says:

    WHAT!!! I think my friend will like this book.
    Now i’m curious with this book.
    Thanks for review 🙂

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  12. Stephanie B says:

    Not my type of book but I’m glad you enjoyed it. Great review, Mel!
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  13. WOW sounds like a powerful read Melanie! Good on you for trying something different and loving it. It sounds kind of sad. I haven’t read a GLBT novel either but this is one that I will probably pick up based on your review. Thanks for sharing!
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  14. Sara says:

    This is certainly a interesting name for a book. How good was it?

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