Two Boys Kissing

Finished Two Boys Kissing by David Levithan.  I received a copy from the publisher for review.

Summary (from Goodreads):

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.”

This is an excellent book but the best part about it is the fact that it’s narrated by gay men who died of AIDS.  That lends such a poignant touch to the novel and makes it feel almost like the end of Our Town.  (You know, the part after Emily dies and she comes back and relives a day of her life and is horrified to see how nobody treasures their lives while they’re living it?)

But there’s a lot of other things to notice and appreciate it.  David Levithan shows us the gamut of gay lives: those recently out, those who aren’t out at all; newly-coupled, recently broken up, contemplating suicide—everyone is represented here and everyone will find at least one character to identify with.

David Levithan is quickly becoming one of my favorite authors and I have one more unread book of his, so check back tomorrow for my thoughts on Boy Meets Boy. :)

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