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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.