A Few Thoughts on Two Boys Kissing by David Levithan

Last month, I was given the gracious opportunity to read David Levithan’s upcoming release a few months early. This post is not a review; that will come closer to release. This post is just a few thoughts on the book that I can’t get out of my head. Through writing this, I hope to accomplish a few things. One, to draw new readers to Levithan’s writing. Two, to get readers who haven’t heard of this book yet to notice it. And three, to stress the importance of this book in our generation. Let me start off with a brief synopsis.

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.

Whenever I start a new book, it’s rare that I read the summary. Especially if it’s by an author that I will read anything they write. So, of course, I skipped over the synopsis and just started reading. I was pleasantly surprised to discover the story and watch it unfold through the lives of everyone. I also purposefully wanted to discover the narrator on my own which was a beautiful revelation. I feel like this book could become a solid rock for all LGBTQ teens out there. The message was so powerful that towards the end I was almost in tears for those lost. I can’t wait for this book to release so I can share with those who may be hurting or confused or lack courage so that they can become who they really want to be and show them it’s not always so tough.

In today’s society, being an LGBTQ person has become better received, though still not given full rights that are deserved of them. But for every one of them, there is a story underneath of love, loss, and hate just waiting to be told. This is that story.

I just want to say that Two Boys Kissing by David Levithan was possibly the most beautiful book I’ve ever read. I can’t describe to you the feelings it gives but I can tell you that it will open your eyes dramatically. This book will change you for the better after reading it. Causing you to be aware, cautious, caring, and loving to everyone around you. I seriously cannot wait to share this book with others.

This book was just wonderful and I can’t thank David enough for it. Plus the cover. It’s gonna be revolutionary.

So here is my plea, and I cannot stress this enough. Although this book doesn’t release until August, please pick up another book by Levithan in the mean time. You will not regret it and it will move you and possibly change your outlook on life. I highly recommend that you try out Every Day or Boy Meets Boy.

And if you’ve yet to add this on Goodreads, now is your chance. Please don’t miss this important story.

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Jeremy West

Head Designer at Red Creative
Jeremy is the managing editor for Novel Thoughts and head designer for Red Creative Design. To pay the bills, he currently works at a children's publishing house in NYC and spends his spare time setting up photoshoots, going to book events, and pretending he is a chef at home.
  • Suzanne

    This sounds like an amazing book! Though I’m a girl, and straight, I’d love to read it. I’m very interested in stories like this and I think it’s ridiculous that some people can’t accept LGBTQ persons. Love is love, right? I really hope this book will be revolutionary and help to spread that message, like you’re predicting. Thank you for the wonderful ‘sort of review’, I can’t wait for August to come!


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