Two Boys Kissing

Two Boys Kissing

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A 2014 Lambda Literary Award Winner
A 2014 Stonewall Honor Book
Named to the 2013 National Book Award Longlist
""You have to read this. "
- Rainbow Rowell, author of "Eleanor & Park"
In his follow-up to the "New York Times" bestselling" Every Day, " David Levithan, coauthor of bestsellers "Will Grayson, Will Grayson "and" Nick & Norah s Infinite Playlist, " crafts a novel that the "Los Angeles Times" calls open, frank, and ultimately optimistic.
Based on true events and narrated by a Greek Chorus of the generation of gay men lost to AIDS "Two Boys Kissing" follows Harry and Craig, two seventeen-year-olds who are about to take part in a 32-hour marathon of kissing to set a new Guinness World Record. While the two increasingly dehydrated and sleep-deprived boys are locking lips, they become a focal point in the lives of other teens dealing with universal questions of love, identity, and belonging. "From the Hardcover edition.""
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Product details

  • 12-17
  • Hardback | 208 pages
  • 140 x 211 x 20mm | 295g
  • English
  • 0375971122
  • 9780375971129
  • 633,937

Review quote

Entertainment Weekly, August 21, 2013:
"Author David Levithan's poignant novel follows the stories of gay teens joined through an unconventional protest. A-"
The Washington Post, August 20, 2013:
"Over the years, Levithan has consistently explored new creative territory...'Two Boys Kissing' reveals his command of an intriguing, complex narrative with an unusual point of view: the first-person plural. This 'we' is the combined voice of men who died during the AIDS pandemic several decades ago. As the boys' stories become more closely entwined and connect in a satisfying finale, the reflections of these 'shadow uncles' lend a quality of retrospection that is rare (and refreshing) in YA literature."
The Los Angeles Times, September 1, 2013:
"Open, frank and ultimately optimistic."
The Wall Street Journal "Speakeasy," October 24, 2013:
"'Two Boys Kissing' couldn't have arrived at a more timely moment, just months after the Supreme Court decision on gay marriage. The shift in society's attitudes towards the LGBT community has long been embraced by many in the young adult crowd. Levithan seems to intuitively understand this generation--and his new book allows him to bring their particular struggles and joys to life."
Newsday, August 21, 2013:
"We stand on the shoulders of those who came before us, goes an oft-paraphrased line. David Levithan gives vivid voice to it in his latest YA novel, 'Two Boys Kissing'.
BookPage, August 28, 2013:
"Levithan's powerful, multifaceted novel explores just how far things have come for many gay teens--and how far things still need to go."
Starred Review, The Bulletin, September 2013:
"Both celebratory and elegiac... There's much to discuss here about identity, about social media, about community--and it would be a particularly stellar choice for a multi-generational LGTBQ-focused book club."
Starred Review, Publishers Weekly, June 3, 2013:
"A landmark achiev
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About David Levithan

DAVID LEVITHAN is a children s book editor in New York City and the author of several books for young adults, including "Boy Meets Boy, Love Is the Higher Law, "and "Every Day." He coauthored "Will Grayson, Will Grayson "with John Green," " and "Nick & Norah s Infinite Playlist, Dash & Lily s Book of Dares, " and "Naomi and Ely s No Kiss List" with Rachel Cohn. "From the Hardcover edition.""
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31,064 ratings
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4 29% (8,941)
3 16% (4,852)
2 5% (1,463)
1 4% (1,236)
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