Release Date: August 27, 2013
Age Group: Young Adult
Received From: Edelweiss
New York Times bestselling author David Levithan tells the based-on-true-events story of Harry and Craig, two 17-year-olds who are about to take part in a 32-hour marathon of kissing to set a new Guinness World Record—all of which is narrated by a Greek Chorus of the generation of gay men lost to AIDS.
While the two increasingly dehydrated and sleep-deprived boys are locking lips, they become a focal point in the lives of other teen boys dealing with languishing long-term relationships, coming out, navigating gender identity, and falling deeper into the digital rabbit hole of gay hookup sites—all while the kissing former couple tries to figure out their own feelings for each other.
This follow-up to the bestselling Every Day showcases David’s trademark sharp-witted, warm-hearted tales of teenage love, and serves as a perfect thematic bookend to David’s YA debut and breakthrough, Boy Meets Boy, which celebrates its 10th anniversary in 2013.
If you read my blog with any regularity then you’re probably aware of my love of David Levithan. He’s an incredible author that continues to write remarkable and unique books. That being said I’ll admit that if Two Boys Kissing were written by anyone else I probably wouldn’t have picked it up. The book sounds a little odd, but I trust Levithan to blow me away with any of his books. After reading this one I know my trust is not misplaced.
Two Boys Kissing has a very unique narrative. It’s told by the generation of gay men that died of AIDS. Odd, right? It might take a few pages to get used to but once you do you won’t be disappointed. Their voice is powerful and beautiful.
There are many characters and story lines in the book. Their stories weave together again and again. You can expect the same sweet and honestly raw moments that David Levithan does so well.
Two Boys Kissing is a gorgeous and ingenious story that I’d love to hand to a lot of teenagers (and adults). It’s one of those that will stick with me for a long time to come.