Two Boys Kissing
BY David Levithan
“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 locking lips, they become a focal point in the lives of other teen boys dealing with languishing long-term relationships, coming out, navigating gender identity, and falling deeper into the digital rabbit hole of gay hookup sites—all while the kissing former couple tries to figure out their own feelings for each other.” -Goodreads
Phenomenal read. I could just leave it at that. Levithan has a way of capturing emotions that can play with my own emotions. An interesting aspect of this novel is that no matter one’s sexual preference, Levithan’s words can still apply to you. For example, “This is the power of a kiss: It does not have the power to kill you. But it has the power to bring you to life.” and also when he wrote, “The supernatural is natural, and wonderment can come from the most mundane movement, like a heartbeat or a glance.” These messages show the beauty of interaction, of connection, with another.
An interesting aspect of the novel is that the narrator is/are the gay men of generations past. They tell the differences and similarities between how gay people are talked about and how they interact, and how they feel in today’s time and that of the narrators.
Definitely a worth-while read to give one a greater perspective on life and love.