By: Melanie | December 8, 2014 | (28) Comments

Mini Review: The Realm of Possibility by David LevithanThe Realm of Possibility by David Levithan
Publisher: Text Publishing Australia
Release Date: August 10, 2004
Genres: Contemporary, Verse, YA
Pages: 210
Source: Received in exchange for review
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One school. Twenty voices.

Endless possibilities.

There's the girl who is in love with Holden Caulfield. The boy who wants to be strong who falls for the girl who's convinced she needs to be weak. The girl who writes love songs for a girl she can't have. The two boys teetering on the brink of their first anniversary. And everyone in between.

As he did in the highly acclaimed Boy Meets Boy, David Levithan gives us a world of unforgettable voices that readers will want to visit again and again. It's the realm of possibility open to us all - where love, joy, and the stories we tell will linger.

Verse books tend to be a hit or miss for me, and in most occasions, I’ve found myself completely sucked into the story, The Realm of Possibility is another one of those verse books that just work.

I can’t pretend to know what love is. It just is.

The Realm of Possibility is a bit like an anthology, for it follows multiple people’s lives–a different person per poem. The author particularly focuses the teenagers’ love lives and life problems. As expected of David Levithan, what’s more is that we are given a diverse array of characters; and I can always trust this author to bring the best GLBTQ+ stories, that are not only authentic but also incredibly touching. Each poem was beautiful and powerful in their own right, and some of these poems have stuck onto me. I particularly enjoyed Gospel which was such a hopeful and empowering piece. In fact, I’d say it was one of my favourites of this collection. There are others that I liked too such as The Day and Tinder Heart, but honestly, all of them touched me in some way, and only authors like David Levithan can seem to do that with verse.

Another thing that I’d like to add is that not one poem follows the same type of free verse. Some poems only have 2-5 words per line, some are have full sentences per line, some use capital letters to show their unique-ness, some are just completely sporadic. I really loved that, because it kept me intrigued the whole way through with fresh ways of presenting the free verse. I guess that’s what I love about free verse too, you can do whatever you want with it as there are no rules.

General consensus? I adored this book. If you haven’t read anything David Levithan yet, you haven’t seen the best of YA verse or GLTBQ+ yet.

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

4 Stars
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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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28 Responses to Mini Review: The Realm of Possibility by David Levithan

  1. Looks like a great read. I keep seeing this authors name around.
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  2. I enjoy the occasional verse book, however as you mentioned, there tends to be no middle ground where this writing style is concerned; it’s either really good, or equally bad. It’s cool that each line was of a different length, that’s not something that I’ve encountered before. Fab review!
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  3. I still haven’t read anything from David Levithan yet. I’m not really familiar with books written in verse either. 😛 I’ll add this to my neverending TBR! 😀
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  4. I am not big fan of verse, but adore David. I love that all of them touched you in one way or another. I will need to try this, and my youngest enjoys verse.
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    • Melanie says:

      I’m glad that you are, Kimba 😀 Verse is a hit or miss for me, but I find David Levithan seems to deliver despite it not being always my favourite style of writing

  5. Hmm I don’t know about this one. I read one of his stories in the Christmas anthology and it didn’t impress me, and books in verse aren’t my fav. Still I have heard such amazing things about him that I want to read more.
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  6. I have never been fond of Verse books, but I think that stems on the fact that I haven’t read a good one, and this book seems like the best place to start. Just one read of that quote you placed in there and it has already sent my feelings flurrying. It’s so true… love can’t really be explained. Like faith, love just is. It’s just… is.

    Would love to see this aspect explored in poems, and in LGBT stories/poems, too. Thanks for the highlight, Melanie! I wouldn’t have known about this gem otherwise.
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  7. I’m with Faye on this one. I’m definitely hit-or-miss when it comes to verse books, but this one certainly does sound intriguing. I love how David Levithan tries to include such diversity in his books; it makes them so much more realistic and enjoyable. I think I’ll try his Two Boys Kissing first and then read this one if I end up enjoying it. Thanks for sharing Mel, and fabulous review! ♥
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  8. Really didn’t like this one, but then David Levithan is a hit and miss author for me too – even though I LOVED Every Day, and quite like Will Grayson x 2, this one didn’t do anything for me 🙁 too many people in it lol.
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    • Melanie says:

      Aw, that’s a shame, Emily! I really wanna try Every Day though! I actually borrowed it from the library about a year ago but never got around to reading it *sobs*

  9. Amelia K says:

    I really enjoyed David Levithan’s Every Day so I really do want to give this one a go. I never knew that this is written in verse, which is totally awesome because I absolutely love reading poetry. Loved the review Melanie!

  10. To be honest, I’ve never read any verse novels before, so I wouldn’t mind giving it a go! And yesss, LGBTQ themes! I’ve heard Levithan is King of writing LGBTQ novels, so I will have to get a copy of The Realm of Possibility sometime soon.

    Nice review!

  11. Bennari H. says:

    Like you, verse books are a hit or a miss, so I am glad to see that this one worked out for you, Mel! I think I’ll be putting this one on my TBR–really want to give this a shot now. Lovely review, Mel :3

  12. I don’t usually like verse books, but this one sounds weird, which is a good thing. I like that all of the poems had a different style to them. I’m glad you enjoyed it. I’m not sure if it’s for me.
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  13. Interesting… I kind of have a love/hate thing with this author. I’m not quite sure where I stand on his writing yet. I hated the characters in Dash & Lily’s Books of Dares so much I couldn’t even finish the book (even though I wanted to, because the story sounded cool), and Every Day was so-so (I liked the premise, but the ending sucked). I do, more often than not, really like verse novels, though, so this might be a good one for me if I decide to give Levithan another try. Thanks for the review!
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    • Melanie says:

      I think many have a love hate relationship with this author. It’s interesting, I haven’t yet read a David Levithan book that I disliked, so I’m hoping it stays that way!

  14. Valerie says:

    POEMS? I LIKE POEMS!!! Plus I have never read anything about David Levithan, so I should probably get on that? I don’t know, you are right about the whole hit or miss thing.

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