Love Is the Higher Law

Love Is the Higher Law

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"First there is a Before, and then there is an After. . . ." The lives of three teens Claire, Jasper, and Peter are altered forever on September 11, 2001. Claire, a high school junior, has to get to her younger brother in his classroom. Jasper, a college sophomore from Brooklyn, wakes to his parents frantic calls from Korea, wondering if he s okay. Peter, a classmate of Claire s, has to make his way back to school as everything happens around him. Here are three teens whose intertwining lives are reshaped by this catastrophic event. As each gets to know the other, their moments become wound around each other s in a way that leads to new understandings, new friendships, and new levels of awareness for the world around them and the people close by. David Levithan has written a novel of loss and grief, but also one of hope and redemption as his characters slowly learn to move forward in their lives, despite being changed forever."show more

Product details

  • 12-17
  • Hardback | 167 pages
  • 147.32 x 210.82 x 22.86mm | 294.83g
  • Alfred A. Knopf
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • 0375834680
  • 9780375834684
  • 619,972

About David Levithan

David Levithan is a children s book editor in New York City. He lives in Hoboken, New Jersey."show more

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6,386 ratings
3.76 out of 5 stars
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3 28% (1,769)
2 8% (496)
1 2% (135)

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Jasper steals the spotlight as the sarcastic, gay Korean-American University student who finds himself conflicted between accepting the well-meaning comfort offered by people who couldn't relate to his experiences, or pushing them away with jokes and reassurances. Peter is far from the token love interest as his voice comes to life through his love of music and the emotions songs and lyrics stir within him. Claire is the mutual acquaintance that brings the two closer together, but while she is not entirely negligible, I was disappointed in her role as the author's preacher. While I was quite moved by the messages of love and peace, I felt that the stark reality of the actual consequences in the aftermath (anger, hatred, war) should not have been so easily omitted. (detailed review: more
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