Two Boys Kissing by: David Levithan (2013)
Source: The Library
I will tell you right now, this review of Two Boys Kissing isn’t so much a review as it is me gushing about its awesomeness and sharing why it hit so close to home for me, and obviously me trying to get you to read it.
Every teen should read Two Boys Kissing. Sure it may be little graphic and have some coarse language, but I’m sure teens have heard/seen worse in movies or from their peers. Two Boys Kissing broke my heart and put it back together, multiple times. I was moved in a way that I didn’t think possible. Sure I have been moved by books before, but this was different. I looked back over the notes I wrote while reading Two Boys Kissing and this was all it said, “love the narration, heart breaking, heartwarming, very emotional, SO MANY FEELS.”
Oh and in case you overlooked this in the synopsis, I will give you a heads up that this is narrated by a Greek Chorus of the generation of gay men lost to AIDS, and it was amazing. This unique narration really made the book that much more amazing and powerful. Every single character in Two Boys Kissing will leave a lasting impression on you. Every single moment in this book holds significance, even if you think it doesn’t. I cheered on those two boys kissing, sending them good thoughts in their battle to beat the world record even though they are fictional (although they are based off of real people). I was that invested in this book.
Now in case you haven't noticed yet, I am obviously pro-
gay rights equality, because gay people are the same as everyone else, and no, being gay isn't a choice. Is being straight a choice? Nope. I also want you to know that I have a family member who is gay, which may be why this book affected me so much, but even if I didn't know someone who was gay I would still be their ally. Anyway, I felt like you should know a little bit about my views so you can better understand why I loved this book so much. I can hope that if people who aren't pro - gay marriage equality or anything like that do for some reason read this book, that it will at least get them to really think about the topic. In the end, all I really want to say is this... read Two Boys Kissing. If you are a teen, read it. If you are an adult, read it. If you are a human, read it. Not to mention that Two Boys Kissing would also be a great book to read and discuss for a book club. Did I mention that if you haven’t read this book yet you should?