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Estelle: Two Boys Kissing by David Levithan

Two Boys Kissing by David Levithan ( web | tweet ) Publication Date: August 27, 2013 Publisher: Knopf Books for Young Readers Pages: 208 Target audience: Young adult Keywords: sexuality, breaking records, relationships, family Format read: ARC paperback from TLA (Thank you!) Summary: Two boys (exes) try to break the world’s record of longest kiss. […]

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December 27, 2013 - 11:34 am

Estelle's End of the Year Survey (So Long 2013), Estelle - […] answer: Two Boys Kissing by David Levithan. A […]

August 28, 2013 - 11:43 am

Alexa Y. - I’ll admit it: this book intimidates me for some reason. I’ve only read one David Levithan book – The Lover’s Dictionary – and have not touched any others for some reason. But the way you rave about this book in your review has me dying to read it for myself. The story sounds very different, and in a way that’s refreshing, new and still relatable. I can’t wait to read it for myself!

August 27, 2013 - 8:53 am

Jamie - YES YES YES I should have just directed everyone over to your review instead of actually writing a review. Pretty sure this one has also usurped all his other novels as my fave! I was wary of the Greek chorus narration when I read the summary for it but I was like WHATEVER IT IS DAVID and then when I read it I wasn’t into it in the beginning but soon LOVED it.

August 21, 2013 - 2:19 am

Ashley @ Ashley Loves Books - David Levithan is one of those authors that makes me think my dream of being published shouldn’t ever happen because I will never, EVER be worthy of sharing shelves with him. I can’t even call him a master because it seems so insufficient, you know? I remember reading Boy vs. Boy and thinking it was a revelation; and then Love is the Higher Law (which is my favourite Levithan too! Followed closely by Every Day. I have not read Two Boys Kissing though, so it could be unseated quickly…) just…blew me off my feet and knocked my socks off and every other metaphor for altering my world. I love love love how fearless he is with his content, how it’s all so different and unique but somehow completely relatable too. I’ve been counting down the days until I can get my hands on this book, and your review is not making it any easier! Fantastic, E 🙂

August 20, 2013 - 4:19 am

Jen @ Books and Other Happy Ever Afters - This book doesn’t sound like anything I’ve ever read before! I’ve experienced Levithan’s other solo novel, Every Day, and it was seriously insightful and lovely. I can only imagine how beautiful this one will be! And all of the different scenarios just make it more intriguing. I’ll have to pick this one up soon! Thanks for the fabulous review, Estelle!

August 20, 2013 - 12:59 am

Sara (of The Page Sage) - I am so, so, SO excited for this book!! I love the idea of 4 interconnected stories- also, a Greek chorus sounds really creative. The whole book just sounds amazing.

August 19, 2013 - 7:56 pm

Bookworm1858 - Wasn’t sure about this as I didn’t love Every Day the way I wanted to but after your glowing review, I’ll put it on the list. I hope it moves me!

August 19, 2013 - 4:35 pm

Vyki @ On The Shelf - This book sounds like it could be very touching and your review has definitely made me want to bump it up on my TBR! I haven’t read anything with the Greek chorus, but I am interesting to see how that is. Great review 🙂

August 19, 2013 - 2:33 pm

Tara - I SO want to read this book. David Levithan = one of my YA author idols.

August 19, 2013 - 2:29 pm

Tiff @ Mostly YA Lit - WOW. Estelle, you’ve definitely convinced me that I MUST read this book as soon as I can get my grabby hands onto it. I have been waiting impatiently for Two Boys Kissing for awhile, but I wasn’t sure about the premise or the Greek chorus. Now I’m sure. THANK YOU.

August 19, 2013 - 1:44 pm

Annette - I hate to say this, but I’m just being honest. I wish the cover was different. And maybe even the title. I just think there are SO MANY kids that would be drawn to this book — but won’t want to carry it around and have other kids see what they are reading….

This will (maybe) get checked out by girls who like romance books….

August 19, 2013 - 10:53 am

Asheley Tart (@BookwormAsheley) - Okay, I love David Levithan so much. I know that’s no big thing because EVERYBODY does, but when I see him, I CAN’T BREATHE OR SPEAK. My heart beats really fast and I get sweaty (so unladylike). It’s true. I’m such a fangirl to the nth degree because he has more talent in his pinky than most people will ever dream of. And his mind is so open and his writing is pretty much flawless and I love that he edits other authors and moderates panels and walks around the streets when he’s doing appearances with a backpack and an ipod like he’s just a REGULAR PERSON. That being said, 3 things: 1) I saw him in Charleston last year at YALLFest. He came into a donut shop where I was having breakfast like it was no big deal and I choked on my food because…(I already told you) I can’t breathe when I get that close to genius. Y’all may think that’s stupid, but whatever whatever. 2) That day, he signed Every Day for me, and I can’t bring myself to read it because I have a few of THOSE AUTHORS that I get so nervous about their new work when it comes out because I’ve loved their past work so much – does that make sense? Probably not. So I see it on the shelf, sometimes I touch it, talk to it, and love it. But I’ve not read it yet. I’m SO LAME. 3) I met an author – a gay male author – at BEA this past year and asked him what’s the best thing he’s recently read – he very quickly said it was this book and that he was brought to tears throughout the book while he was reading. He said that had he been able to read THIS BOOK just a few years ago when he was younger, his ENTIRE LIFE would’ve been different. THAT’s how powerful this book is, he said. So I want to get my hands on it and read it, even though DLevithan is one of those authors that I tend to freak out about their new work. Since it made that much of a difference in this guy’s life, I need to read it. And since you loved it, then yeah, for sure. Honestly, I don’t know how he does it either. Great review on this one, E.

Estelle + Magan: A Joint Shelve It from Texas!

These last few days, we’ve been together, reunited in Texas. Holy crap, you guys! It’s been amazing. But as the saying goes, all good things must come to an end. Estelle left yesterday afternoon to head back to NYC and Magan spent the remainder of the day crying. Every time we see each other, we […]

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August 11, 2013 - 11:32 am

Alexa Y. - GIRLS! It makes me so very happy that you are (well, were now, considering I’m commenting late) together in Texas. I loved the reunion, and that I could see you and hear you both on my computer. Miss you girls! Hope you had a FABULOUS time together.

August 8, 2013 - 5:01 pm

Asheley Tart (@BookwormAsheley) - Stopping by really quick to say that I absolutely loved watching this the other night. I felt like I was watching TV or something with my Summer Shandy (I never watch TV). I was all comfy with my drink and watching my pals and I was smiling and text-bombing poor E. It was a good time for me. I loved it. I’ll be back later for a real comment-bomb, I just wanted to say high again and I loved seeing you two on the same screen again. You both are so lovely and I love hearing your voices at the same time. So much fun! I made Mike stop listening to youtube and watch for a second and he was all WHAT!? – he just didn’t really GET IT. Haha, men. xo

August 7, 2013 - 3:49 pm

Brittany @ The Book Addict's Guide - Awwwwww I know how you feel! I cried at the airport after BEA just leaving all my blogging friends (and Alyssa in particular!!) and it’s just so hard to say goodbye to your close friend not knowing when you’ll reunite again! But I’m so glad you guys got to spend some great time together and I love seeing the two of you in one video! Very fun 🙂
xoxo

August 7, 2013 - 11:44 am

Melissa @ Writer Grrl Reads - Aww — you two are SO adorable!!! I love seeing videos of the two of you together :). I’m a recent Levithan fan, but I’m going to check out the one you recommended, Estelle. After Fingerprints, I trust your recommendations sooooo much!!!

August 7, 2013 - 10:26 am

Hazel - It’s so nice to see the two of you together in a vid!!! Magan, I’m so happy to hear you loved the Shatter Me series. It’s one of my fave dystopians. :’) And your foster daughter sounds really adorable!!!! Estelle, I love the books you mentioned. I’m so excited to get to read them. I’m quite a fan of Levithan myself and I really do suggest you read Everyday already! Great post, you guys!! <3

Magan: Every Day by David Levithan

Every Day by David Levithan Publication Date: August 28, 2012 Publisher: Knopf Books for Young Readers Pages: 336 Target audience: Young adult Keywords: sexuality, gender, love, relationships Format read: ARC from NetGalley (Thanks!) Summary: Every day, A wakes up in someone else’s body, but never before desired the permanence of being in the same body until meeting Rhiannon. […]

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May 9, 2013 - 12:04 am

Audiobook Review: Every Day by David Levithan | Tripping Over Books - […] Magan @ Rather Be Reading: “Levithan left no stone unturned in exploring A’s life and circumstances.” […]

October 4, 2012 - 4:46 pm

Kristen Evey - I keep hearing so many good things about this, and I am so excited to read it! I’ve never read David Levithan before. I love reading new voices and discovering new favorites. This book’s premise is just so unique and different. Love it. Great review Magan!

October 3, 2012 - 3:01 pm

Magan - I die, April, I DIE. I hope you have the BEST time at the signing on Sunday. For sure read it asap! It’s definitely not a waste of money. I hope you loveeee it. 🙂

October 3, 2012 - 3:00 pm

Magan - Alexa! I am so jealous — wish I could’ve attended that signing with you ladies! I do agree the timing needs to be right for this. Prepare a few hours to do NOTHING but sit down and read it!

October 3, 2012 - 2:59 pm

Magan - Mary, it broke my heart in the best of ways. Do – DEFINITELY – have a box of tissues nearby!

October 3, 2012 - 2:58 pm

Magan - Lori, I completely agree! He’s just amazing. I have no idea where he gets all of his ideas, but WOW. Thanks for your comment!

October 3, 2012 - 2:57 pm

Magan - Keertana, I’m so excited for you to read Every Day! Be prepared — once you read one of his books, you’ll want to read them ALL! 🙂

October 3, 2012 - 2:55 pm

Magan - ELENA! I am excited for you to read it! I hope you love it every bit as much as I did. SO moving and beautiful! xo

October 2, 2012 - 8:34 pm

elena - AHH I AM EXCITED TO READ THIS! I am currently number 14 out of 17 holds at my library so I will eventually get to it. 😛 It sounds incredibly beautiful and I love the way David Levithan writes. I think it will break my heart too. Lovely review, M!

October 2, 2012 - 6:42 pm

Keertana @ Ivy Book Bindings - This will be my first David Levithan book and I’m so excited to start it soon. It seems to be so unique and phenomenal, so I’ll have to check it out at once. Wonderful review! 😀

~Keertana
Ivy Book Bindings

October 2, 2012 - 6:53 am

Lori - I agree with everything you said. This book was fantastic. David never fails to amaze me. He’s one of my favorite authors.

October 1, 2012 - 9:28 pm

Mary @ My Sisters Bookshelf - Oooh. I loved Dash and Lily, and I am in the same position as you were! Why is it taking me so long when it’s been on my radar forever!

It broke your heart?! I need to gear up! Great review – I’m now inspired!

October 1, 2012 - 4:38 pm

Alexa @ Alexa Loves Books - This sounds absolutely beautiful, and I can’t wait to finally start it! I’ve had this one ever since the Levithan signing Estelle, Rachel & I attended, but I haven’t found the perfect moment to pick it up just yet. Thank you for sharing – it’s inspired me to want to read it much sooner!

October 1, 2012 - 8:08 am

April Books & Wine - Magan, Allison and I are going to a David Levithan signing on Sunday and I am not going to lie your READ THIS NOW makes me feel like buying Every Day won’t be a waste of my money. I love those books that are quotable AND make you think.

Estelle’s Shelve It: 9/16/2012

I’m starting to think I should get “I Love the Library” tattooed to my arm because  I love that place. The pile I talked about a few weeks ago has almost disappeared and I managed NOT to rack up any late fees this time. Cheer with me! …so like an normal person, I requested 10 […]

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September 17, 2012 - 7:25 pm

Paige - I won an ARC of Every Day and it sounds pretty awesome! I can’t wait to check it out. I hope you enjoy everything you got this week =D

My IMM =)

September 17, 2012 - 5:46 pm

VeganYANerds - The event sounds great, Estelle! It’s a shame your cat stood on the cookie, my cats would have been trying to eat it, too!

The only book by David I’ve read is WG, WG, so I really need to read one of his own books and I plan on reading Every Day soon.

Also you got Looking for Alibrandi, yay!

September 16, 2012 - 7:31 pm

Jess @ Gone with the Words - YAYYYYY! I know without a doubt that you’re going to love Simply Irresistible!! GCHAT ME when start it!! 😀

September 16, 2012 - 1:47 pm

Kailia @ Reading the Best of the Best - Maleina Marchetta for the win! I LOVED Jellicoe Road so I’m going to be getting her other contemporary! I need to read David Levithan’s books! He’s coming to SC in November and I’d love to meet him!

Enjoy all of your books!

~Kailia @ Reading the Best

September 16, 2012 - 11:19 am

elena - That IS a tragedy about the cookie. I’m sending positive cookie vibes your way. I’m so jealous of you going to see David Levithan! He sounds AMAZING live. Hehe that Miley Cyrus is such a good friend. 🙂

September 16, 2012 - 10:03 am

Lisa - Friend. I am sorry about your cookie.

BUT I love that you love the library!

September 16, 2012 - 9:04 am

April Books & Wine - I wish I lived closer to the city, but am upstate.

But, I digress.

I bought Simply Irresistible this week too!

Also, Abbi Glines sounds good, I think I may have to check her stuff out.

September 16, 2012 - 2:00 am

Alexa @ Alexa Loves Books - James is a serious trooper. It is amazing that he managed to wait for all three of us to decide what books we wanted – which took at least forty-five minutes, haha.

I can’t wait to read The Realm of Possibility!!

August 2012 Young Adult Book Releases

      Welcome back for another month full of amazing book releases. I’m sharing August 2012 Young Adult (YA) book releases below. If Estelle or I have read the book, I’m linking it up so you can see what we had to say about it. This will definitely be a month where any and all […]

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August 1, 2012 - 3:33 pm

Alexa @ Alexa Loves Books - I hope you both know that I have almost obsessively (oh, who am I kidding, of course it’s obsessively!) added just about every title on your list of August releases. So many good books coming out!!

July 28, 2012 - 9:47 pm

Tara - There is just way, way, WAY too much awesome in this post! I’m almost finished with Throne of Glass right now and if it’s any indication of how the rest of the month will go, I think I’ll be one happy girl 🙂

July 28, 2012 - 7:54 pm

VeganYANerds - So as I was reading I started to keep a list of the books I wanted to comment on but there are so many! I’ve been waiting on Fingerprints, If I Lie and the pizza one plus you’ve made me aware of Capital Girls!

July 28, 2012 - 6:21 pm

Hobbies and Interests » Which Books Are Popular With Young Adults Today? - […] Which Books Are Popular With Young Adults Today? admin Books, Reading, Writing 2012-04-28 If you're new here, you may want to subscribe to my RSS feed. Thanks for visiting!August 2012 Young Adult Book Releases […]

July 28, 2012 - 4:51 pm

Asheley (@BookwormAsheley) - The only one of these I’ve read so far is Counting Backwards and I really liked it. Several are on my TBR but there are several here I wasn’t aware of. Thanks gals!

July 28, 2012 - 4:29 pm

Jana @ That Artsy Reader Girl - August has so many great books coming out! I’m excited to get to Throne of Glass and Pizza, Love, and Other Stuff. And Speechless. And Every Day. The Raft by S.A. Bodeen is coming out on the 2st, and I am way excited to read that one!

July 28, 2012 - 4:15 pm

Aneeqah @ My Not So Real Life - So I have a calendar that I use specifically for book releases, like every book lover does [at least it’s digital, making me less nerdy…]. And it’s absolutely insane how many awesome books are coming out in August!! Especially August 28th. It’s crazy. I totally agree about the money thing- every extra penny is going towards the book fund this month! I’m absolutely dying for Throne of Glass. It looks super amazing. Over You also looks super cute. And I’ve heard some really great things about Wake! So many amazing books, so little money. *sighs*

Fabulous list Magan! <3

July 28, 2012 - 2:32 pm

The Bumble Girl - Wow, so many good books coming out this month! You don’t really realize it until you see an awesome post like this 🙂
I really enjoyed Throne of Glass! and I cannot wait to get Wake by Amanda Hocking – her Trylle Trilogy is one of my favorites series! Pizza, Love and Other Stuff sounds cute! And I’m also looking forward to Every Day and Speechless!
Need more time in the day to read! Thanks for sharing your list 🙂

Magan: The Lover’s Dictionary by David Levithan

The Lover’s Dictionary by David Levithan Pages: 211 Release Date: January 4, 2011 Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux Target Audience: Adult Fiction Format: Hardcover borrowed from the library. How I heard about it: I’m working my way through all of Levithan’s work. Summary: Love is messy, intoxicating, and jumbled, all of which is especially true for […]

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August 9, 2012 - 2:22 pm

April Books & Wine - What a clever and creative way to review this book. I think I am going to go in not expecting a light hearted story but something a little more realistic. I’m sorry that it wasn’t the best ever and left you a little sad.

July 17, 2012 - 3:08 am

Melanie - I’m impressed with this review! I am determined to read this book. It sounds awesome, even though now knowing that it isn’t written sequentially is a bit off-putting.

July 15, 2012 - 5:13 am

Jana @ That Artsy Reader Girl - I love how you wrote this review!

I’ve been curious about this one, but was holding off because I was not sure how I would like the style of the book. I think I’ll hold off a little longer. 🙂

July 15, 2012 - 1:35 am

Shelve It: July 15, 2012 - […] felt a little sad and depressed after I finished The Lover’s Dictionary by David […]

July 14, 2012 - 6:44 pm

VeganYANerds - This is SUCH a clever review, Magan! I have all of David’s books on my list and I thought they were all well loved but this is not the first review I’ve read that rated this book as ok but not excellent. It does sound like it’s set out in a confusing way but it also sounds original – I still want to read it, but I’ll have a happy book ready to follow it up with!

July 14, 2012 - 8:14 am

Lori - I love how you did this review! I really loved The Lover’s Dictionary, I’ve actually read it twice now. I agree that it is a bit gloomy but I love how Levithan can capture such raw emotions and put them on the page.
Great review!

July 13, 2012 - 7:42 pm

Aneeqah - I totally am in LOVE with this review! SO creative, I love it, Magan! Anyways, at first glance, I also thought this was going to be a super light read, but I’m fairly surprised to see that it’s not. The concept sounds really great- I like how it shows a real relationship, the good and the bad. And it seems like the writing is really neat too, the whole idea with dictionary entries is so neat! Even though this book seems a bit strange, and messed up chronologically, I’m going to have to check this book out! It sounds wonderful.

Fabulous review, Magan!

-Aneeqah @ My Not So Real Life

July 13, 2012 - 11:44 am

Alexa @ Alexa Loves Books - I think this review is AWESOME. I actually really liked this book when I read it. It moved quickly for me, and though everything was jumbled, I still got an idea of the relationship being described.

July 13, 2012 - 11:27 am

Amy - I know exactly how you felt about The Lover’s Dictionary because I was torn with how I felt about it, too. It was a very original concept, and I do appreciate Levithan’s efforts and his writing is amazing. However, I was horribly confused because the story did not feel lateral. Instead it jumped around in the timeline of the lovers’ relationship, and I’m not sure that I like that uncertainty at the end. Still I would recommend borrowing it from the library, too. Nice review. 🙂

July 13, 2012 - 10:11 am

Elena - Love love love how you wrote this review, so creative! Ithink this book was so gloomy and a bit romantic at the same time. I was confused by the chronological order too. it really does take a skilled writer to pack so much in so few words.