Author: David Levithan
Publisher: Electric Monkey
Date of Publication: March/April 2014
Source: Review copy from the publisher
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From the very start of this book, I knew it would be thought-provoking, beautifully so. Levithan introduces the characters straight away, and the writing is powerful from the first page. It's filled with analogies and controversiality, and I adored it.
There are many different perspectives and stories within Two Boys Kissing. There are the, well, two boys kissing, for their world record, Harry and Craig. There's Avery and Ryan, the couple that are trying to work out what is happening, and Cooper, who isn't sure what's going on.
This book is almost like a celebration of LGBT; showing how society is coming to terms with LGBT, and with so many different perspectives, shows all the different sides of LGBT. But whilst it does this, it displays the other side of the equation: there still being homophobia in the world; people trying to stop the kiss etc.
"More camera crews, more protestors.
More heat, more noise."
As I mentioned before, there are a lot of different perspectives in Two Boys Kissing. This works really well, for sure, but it gets a tiny bit confusing. And that means I can't comment on individual characters, because I simply didn't have a connection with an individual to do so. I'm not sure if I consider this as a good or bad thing, as normally I hate no having a connection, but Levithan wrote it so you didn't need it.
The writing in this book is so powerful, so vivid. The analogies and tidbits about life make it even more thought-provoking, and just all the better; there is no other way to describe it.
"...Dancing stops being a reality and becomes
a metaphor. More often than not, it is an unkind one."
"We watch them grow, with sadness and amazement
and fear. We have stepped away, but not entirely away. They
know this. They sense this."
And after everything that makes this book amazing, it has a gorgeous ending, and so I think Levithan has written an absolutely astonishing gem, here. I already loved Levithan's books but I now want to read even more. I would recommend this for older readers as there are some graphic scenes.