Publisher:Knopf Books for Young Readers
Published on: August 27, 2013
Purchase: Amazon / Barnes and Noble
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.My Thoughts:
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.
I don't even know where to start with this review. This book was nothing like I expected and it was much more than I could have ever hoped for. David Leviathan is a mad genius and if I ever see him I will bow before his awesomeness.
Two Boys Kissing is not just a story about two boys kissing to top the world record for longest kiss, it is about the struggle others have experienced and the people who have paved the way for Craig and Harry to be able to do this in public. We the reader get to hear the thoughts of so many people who passed on and it made me really think about the people I have lost throughout the years. What are they thinking? Are they still with me? What do they think of my choices? I found out while reading this that everybody has a purpose and every struggle no matter the outcome will directly influence another person. Deep right??!! This is what Levaithan did in this book and I can't say I have ever thought things like this after reading.
When I started this book I had no idea what I was getting into and my goodness this book pulled at my heartstrings. I have no idea how even to describe the intensity I felt throughout this book. I know I am a bambling mess but I honestly have no idea how to go about explaining how amazing this book is. It is my top favorite read of the year and I know without a doubt it will be in my top favorite of all time list. That is a very hard list to make and I only have 3 books on it, but Two Boys Kissing is on it.
Okay I am just going to leave this review begging people to read it. I have sat at my computer trying to think of what to say about this and I can't find the words so please PLEASE go out and read this book. It will make you think, cry, scream, and jump for joy. It is everything a book is supposed to be and more.
Oh and this quote will make any book reader swoon. This has to be my favorite thing ever and it comes from book titles..
"I Hadn't Meant to Tell You This
You're the One I Want
So Much Closer
Where I Want to Be
The Difference Between You and Me
You Are Here
Where I Belong
I'll Be There
Along for the Ride
The Future of Us
Real Live Boyfriends
Keep Holding On"
Simply amazing in my opinion!
5 HUGE Snowflakes...Actually I am going to start something new. This book deserves way more than 5 snowflakes so thanks to A.G Howard and her wonderful suggestion a while back I am going to make this my first ever blizzard read!