Two Boys Kissing

Two Boys Kissing

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. While the two increasingly dehydrated and sleep-deprived boys are lock...

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Two Boys Kissing Reviews

  • Claudia Ramírez

    OIGAN. ¿POR QUÉ NADIE ME INSISTIÓ MIL VECES QUE LEYERA A DAVID LEVITHAN?

    Este libro es PRECIOSO. Lo amé con todo mi corazón, ¡y escuché el audiolibro narrado por el mismo autor! Y ay, todo fue tan bonito.

  • Lola

    has just become my new

    author. Every time I will find my heart aching for an LGBT book or a meaningful read, it’s in

    works that I will look forward to plunge myself. And there are so many books of his that I have not had the occasion to devour yet.

    It’s with a lingering sensation that I turned the last page. While this may be the kind of story that

    a certain conclusion to its plot (and you can feel it), I didn’t want to let go of the endearing, realistic

    has just become my new

    author. Every time I will find my heart aching for an LGBT book or a meaningful read, it’s in

    works that I will look forward to plunge myself. And there are so many books of his that I have not had the occasion to devour yet.

    It’s with a lingering sensation that I turned the last page. While this may be the kind of story that

    a certain conclusion to its plot (and you can feel it), I didn’t want to let go of the endearing, realistic and remarkably well-developed and original characters that became so dear to me with every new page read.

    I always thought that you couldn’t love

    character in a book at a same intensity level or some maybe not at all – and still think so – for they are all different and sharing various traits that may or may not appeal to you. It can also depend on the degree of connection and reliability you feel toward those characters in question. Nonetheless, it’s with joy that I can announce that every character in this book felt utterly unforgettable to me and I like to think that they will not be the cause of you not enjoying the novel after all – if such thing happens. Of course, there are some that are very flawed: there is no ‘perfect’ being in this and that only made

    look even more authentic. I have no negative comment to make regarding those elements.

    There is one ‘main’ story inside this and three less prominent but still important ones that are linked in a way to the principal one. You can also see it as four short stories being connected to one another due to something they all have in common and with characters that are beautifully crafted and looking for something of most importance: love & self-discovery and acceptance.

    I have to admit that I had read the blurb a while ago before starting this novel, and so had no idea who actually narrated the story. Although, throughout my read, I had these hypotheses: could they be guardian angels? A metaphor for hope, love and courage brought to life somehow? Dead relatives? At some point, I ran out of ideas and believed what prettied the writing and tone for me most, which worked well in the end. It is after reading the actual summary that I realized how I searched too far and deep when the answer was right in front of me. Nonetheless, my reading experience wasn’t affected and I actually appreciated having the possibility to ‘choose’ my narrators. I felt the same while reading

    (a quite interesting book!)

    This is not my first read by

    , since I have devoured

    sometime ago, but that is a book that he co-wrote with

    and I was perhaps, somehow, too caught up in Green’s words – because of how excited I was to be reading an LGBT book by him – to be astonished as I am now by Levithan’s. Incidentally, regarding this novel, the author’s note was absolutely perfect and so wonderfully honest! I feel like I am going to be amazed by this writer some more, if I continue reading his works. Which I will. For sure.

    This was the loveliest of surprises I had this month - hum, that doesn't say much since I read it in December but I do mean it! - and would love for you to feel the same! If the story and plot don’t end up making you react in any positive way, there are still good chances the writing and characters will. It is not a book for everyone, I agree, but it contains such…such – I am lost for words – marvellous ingredients that I cannot help but excitingly recommend it to you!

  • Shelby *trains flying monkeys*

    This small little 196 page book packs more of a punch that some 800 page puppy squishers that I've read. Just beautiful.

    Craig and Henry: they are the two boys kissing. Going for the world's record longest kiss.

    Peter and Neil: already a couple

    Avery and Ryan: new to a relationship and trying to make their way

    And Cooper-who feels so lost

    Tariq. My favorite character in the whole book.

    Just read this book.

    This small little 196 page book packs more of a punch that some 800 page puppy squishers that I've read. Just beautiful.

    Craig and Henry: they are the two boys kissing. Going for the world's record longest kiss.

    Peter and Neil: already a couple

    Avery and Ryan: new to a relationship and trying to make their way

    And Cooper-who feels so lost

    Tariq. My favorite character in the whole book.

    Just read this book.

  • Debra

    "Love is so painful, how could you ever wish it on anybody? And Love is so essential, how could you ever stand in its way?"

    I don't even know how to do this book justice - so I will simply say READ IT. Seriously, read it! This is a book I want to go out and tell everyone I know about!

    “There is no reason that we should ever be ashamed of our bodies or ashamed of our love.”

    I loved, loved, loved the narration of the book by the Greek Chorus of gay men who died of AIDS. It was simply beautiful and ex

    "Love is so painful, how could you ever wish it on anybody? And Love is so essential, how could you ever stand in its way?"

    I don't even know how to do this book justice - so I will simply say READ IT. Seriously, read it! This is a book I want to go out and tell everyone I know about!

    “There is no reason that we should ever be ashamed of our bodies or ashamed of our love.”

    I loved, loved, loved the narration of the book by the Greek Chorus of gay men who died of AIDS. It was simply beautiful and extremely well written. There were sections I went back and read again and again and then a third time. In this book seventeen-year-old former boyfriends, Harry and Craig attempt to beat the world record of kissing. While doing so, they face many issues and have many experiences together. All the while, other teens in this book are struggling with gender identity, acceptance, their parents learning they are gay, the relationships they have with others, and issues such as bullying and rejection. By the way, did I mention this book is based on true events? It is.

    “That joy in discovering that the right person at the right time can open all the windows and unlock all the doors.”

    I opened this book and did not stop reading until the final page. I LOVED every single page of this book. Again, the writing is simply eloquent and poetic. This is a fast yet very moving book with various themes and the Author addresses the many issues his characters are facing with grace. I felt as if I were standing with the Chorus watching the events unfold. I read Leviathan before but not like this. I believe this is his swan song.

    I choose to read this book for a book challenge. I had to pick a book that had been banned or had some controversy surrounding it. This book fit the controversy part. It has two teenage boys kissing on the cover and is about two seventeen-year old’s attempting to get into the Guinness book of world records for kissing. This is a YA book, but some high schools have not carried this book, or have been asked not to offer it by parents. One of the concerns is the cover, the other is the fact that teens may be bullied for checking it out, and of course there is the issue of the book being about gay teens.

    The Author had this to say in response:

    “Even for the kids who don’t feel comfortable taking it out of the library or buying it in the bookstore yet, they know it’s there. They know they are represented. If you see that book in your library or in your bookstore or at your friend’s house you know that there is part of you that belongs there, and is accepted. There is such power in that. I know there’s worry about kids who might be ashamed of being seen with an ‘out’ book with an ‘out’ cover — but that is far outweighed by the kids who take pride in it, or find some sort of meaning through it.

    As for challenges and censors: the book is called Two Boys Kissing. It is about two boys kissing. Why hide that? What good would that do? The people who are going to object to two boys kissing on the cover were going to object to the book from the moment I typed the first sentence. They can argue it all they want. They will always be wrong.”

    -read more here

    I’ve said it before and I will say it again, I love doing book challenges as the broaden my reading horizon and introduce me to books that I did not know existed or might not have picked up had it not been for the book challenge. So I challenge you to go out on a limb, and pick up this book, the writing is beautiful and evokes emotion.

    2013 Named to the National Book Award Longlist

    2014 A Lambda Literary Award Winner

    2014 A Stonewall Honor Book

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  • Virginia Ronan ♥ Herondale ♥

    Oh my!

    How am I even supposed to write a review about this wonderful piece of literature? I’ll try… Of course I’ll try, but I’m pretty certain it will be more than just tough to describe my deep love for this wonderful book!

    hit me right in the heart and triggered all those horrible and amazing feels and if I’m entirely honest I still don’t know

    Oh my!

    How am I even supposed to write a review about this wonderful piece of literature? I’ll try… Of course I’ll try, but I’m pretty certain it will be more than just tough to describe my deep love for this wonderful book!

    hit me right in the heart and triggered all those horrible and amazing feels and if I’m entirely honest I still don’t know how to deal with them. I usually try my very best to either hide them away or to keep them really close to my frail heart, but while I read this book I kind of failed to do both…

    There’s something about the narration that makes it impossible to escape your emotions. It’s intense, it’s haunting, it’s honest and it hit me so damn hard I sometimes found myself faced with the inability to take a deep and necessary breath. There is so much truth in this 196 pages book and if you’re not prepared for it, it hits you like a truck and leaves you hurting on the road.

    Well, I certainly wasn’t ready for it and about halfway in I found myself crying and gasping without any particular reason. There would be a paragraph that resonated with me, or a situation where a character did something that brought tears to my eyes.

    Bless Tariq and Mr. Bellamy! I loved those two side characters so damn much!! They are such amazing and kind human beings! They deserve the world and even more!!! <333 And the narration!!! Those many gay men that came before, the generation that died of AIDS because it was so unknown and no one dared to do research. To find a cure… So many people that could have helped them, yet they were too afraid to do anything because they were scared they’d get sick as well…

    That first generation that had to fight for everything! Either be out and live with the consequences this entailed or stay in the closet and try to live a secret life. As much as it hurts me to say this, I still think that not a lot has changed. Sure, there are people that are openly gay and live their lives, but there are still so many who live in the darkness. So many people that don’t dare to show who they truly are because they are afraid their families might shun them if they knew.

    Acceptance is something we all crave for. Acceptance and love… And the only people who can take that away from us are the ones who are closest to us. The ones we should trust more than anyone else, yet at the same time they are also the only ones that have the power to destroy us by simply not accepting who we are.

    To come out to your loved ones is still a leap of faith. Even in our “modern times”. No matter how advanced and open-minded our society has become, there are still people who would tolerate the LGBTQ+ community, maybe even support it to some degree, but still would feel more than just a little shocked and negative if their own child would come out to them.

    It are people like that who make it so damn hard to love yourself for who you are. It are people like that who force you to stay in the closet. Don’t preach water and drink wine! (And yes, I won’t even talk about the people that still don’t accept the LGBTQ+ community and are homophobic af… Just not worth it. *shakes head*) I think all told, there’s still a lot of work ahead of us and it are books like

    that can change the world. If enough people read it, if those in the closet read it, they might take heart from it and feel better about themselves. They don’t have to come out, but to accept yourself with all your insecurities and flaws, with all your amazing qualities; well this is the first step to being accepted by others. Some people might even surprise you. If you don’t try you’ll never know. ;-)

    Share yourself with the right person and always try to be who you truly are! Even if it doesn’t seem possible right now. There will come a day and you’ll know when it’s there. XD And even if this day never comes, know that you are accepted, that you are loved and that you are perfect just the way you are!!! <333

    This is an amazing story and everyone should read it. Some of us will love it because it captures the LGBTQ+ community so well and others might be taught a little bit more acceptance and tolerance while reading the book. ;-)

    Either way,

    will cause you to think and feel!

    Don’t pass up on this opportunity, embrace it! XD

    Thank you for this amazing book, David! I hope many other people will read it too! =)

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