Here’s what I know about the realm of possibility—
it is always expanding, it is never what you think
it is. Everything around us was once deemed
impossible. From the airplane overhead to
the phones in our pockets to the choir girl
putting her arm around the metalhead.
As hard as it is for us to see sometimes, we all exist
within the realm of possibility. Most of the limits
are of our own world’s devising. And yet,
every day we each do so many things
that were once impossible to us.
Enter The Realm of Possibility and meet a boy whose girlfriend is in love with Holden Caulfield; a girl who loves the boy who wears all black; a boy with the perfect body; and a girl who writes love songs for a girl she can’t have.
These are just a few of the captivating characters readers will get to know in this intensely heartfelt new novel about those ever-changing moments of love and heartbreak that go hand-in-hand with high school. David Levithan plumbs the depths of teenage emotion to create an amazing array of voices that readers won’t forget. So, enter their lives and prepare to welcome the realm of possibility open to us all. Love, joy, and these stories will linger.
Have I ever mentioned that David Levithan is one of my top 5 favorite authors? I think I have…The Realm of Possibility just reaffirmed my love for him. I really don’t think there is any easy way to sum this book up. I know many people that loved The Lover’s Dictionary. Well, this is kind of like The Lover’s Dictionary–The Teen Years. Take all of the amazing insight and emotion of The Lover’s Dictionary and add to it the insecurities and struggles of being a teenager. What it equals is a breathtaking glimpse at new love, heat break, and friendship.
I’m amazed every time I read one of Levithan’s books. How does he know what goes on in everyone’s heads? How can he strip it down into this beautiful prose. He makes even the ugliest of thoughts sympathetic. He makes utterly irredeemable characters redeemable. This book is a study of emotions. It brought back all of the horror and magic of being 16.
I don’t know that I can say much more. This is a beautiful book. You can read it in one sitting but you will be thinking about it for days to come. The best word I can think of to describe it: Breathtaking.