Title: Two Boys Kissing
Author: David Levithan
Pages: 196 Pages
Publisher: Knopf Books
From the New York Times best-selling author of Every Day, another thoughtful and original perspective on the things we do for love.
The two boys kissing are Craig and Harry. Theyr’e hoping to set the world record for the longest kiss. They’re not a couple, but they used to be.
Peter and Neil are a couple. Their kisses are different. Avery and Ryan have only just met and are trying to figure out what happens next. Cooper is alone. He’s not sure how he feels.
As the marathon progresses, these boys, their friends and families evaluate the changing nature of feelings, behaviour and this crazy thing called love.
As far as LGBT YA fiction is going, it is undeniable that David Levithan is leading the charge. This is extremely evident in the novel Two Boys Kissing. The story shows the different aspects of daily life as someone who is gay. The good side of things such as burgeoning relationships, family acceptance and friendship; it is the bad aspects of life that are truly heartbreaking such as the bullying, the taunts, and the suicidal thoughts and the general ignorance that makes it difficult for people to live normal lives.
Although the separate stories in the novel are very telling it is the voice of omniscient narrator and the stories of the past that are truly heartbreaking. It is almost an oxymoron the way that the uplifting feeling you get from the progress of the LGBT community makes you angry that they needed to have progress. Why couldn’t things just be?
Two Boys Kissing is an important story. A story that shouldn’t have to be told but thankfully it is. Here is to an ignorance free future.
Two Boys Kissing by David Levithan is available now.