Monday, March 17, 2014

Review- Two Boys Kissing by David Levithan

Goodreads Summary:

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.


REVIEW:

Before I start the actual review of the book, I want to make two points very clear. First of all, David Levithan. Wow, that man is incredibly creative and talented. I have read two of the author's books before- The Lover's Dictionary and Boy Meets Boy. Trust me, it doesn't seem like the three books I've read have been written by the same author. It's insane how different each of David Levithan's book has been. Be it the narrative technique, the point of view, the flow of words, you name it and it's all so fresh each time. The only similarity between each is that there is no difference and the only difference is the lack of similarity. And for that, I admire the author immensely. His books are unbelievable, his characters incredible, his stories inspiring and his writing, promising.

Secondly, the comparison between Boy Meets Boy and Two Boys Kissing. Yes, I know it's very subjective of me but I really can't help it. I had high expectations from Boy Meets Boy and while it wasn't as epic as I would have liked it to be, it was still an absolutely funny, tender and promising read. Two Boys Kissing released in the year Boy Meets Boy completed ten years and I read both the books almost one after the other. What I felt lacked in Boy Meets Boy was actually taken up in Two Boys Kissing. The latter wasn't an utopian set-up. It was real. It was raw. It was emotional. It was highly, supremely and completely inspiring. And if I were to read just a single kind of book, I would go for such types. It's hard for me to express this but Two Boys Kissing gave me that feeling you get in situations where you feel something but can't do anything about it. Like, that lump in your throat, that sinking feeling in your stomach, and that feeling when you want to cry but tears won't come.

If The Lover's Dictionary could be termed as the epitome of creativity in writing, Two Boys Kissing is a whole new level of imagination. The book is not written by an author, nor by a character but it's written by all of us. All of us who believe that love isn't defined by barriers and humanity is what matters the most. It's the message of the LGBT community to the LGBT community to stay strong. And as a ardent and strong believer and supporter of the same, I feel that it's a message from all of us to all of us. 

I know I haven't said anything about the story but that's the beauty of it. It's not a story at all, but stories. Besides, the title is pretty obvious. But it's definitely not all that there is to it. There is plenty of stuff to say besides the stories which are something that's for everyone to find out and appreciate at least, if not love. They're the most heart breaking and at the same time, heart healing stories which are interconnected in the most dazzling way. Two Boys Kissing is the kind of book where the characters- each and every one of them, more than the individual stories or the story as a whole- are going to stay with me. And it’s perfect. I'm so happy that I finally found my first five stars read of 2014 and it couldn't have been a better pick.

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7 comments:

  1. I don't read a lot of LGBT, but I do really want to read this one! I've only read Will Grayson, Will Grayson by this author, which he co-wrote with John Green and didn't really enjoy it as much as I would've wanted to. I really need to read more from this author, though! Maybe I'll read some of his stuff for LGBT month (hosted by Laura Plus Books) this April! Lovely review, Sarika!

    Aimee @ Deadly Darlings

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  2. I have read only one David's book and now I want to read them all, because usually with authors all their books are the same in narration. I love when author changes his voice in different books as every story is it's own point of view. I'm so glad you enjoyed this one and while I haven't read any LGBT book I should fix that. Great review, Sarika :)

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  3. Wow, I think it's so interesting that you say that his writing changes so much from book to book. I've only read one David Levithan book so far - Dash and Lily's Book of Dares - and I enjoyed his writing there. It's cool to hear he changes it up though! And this one - SO great to hear that you loved it so much and it's your first 5 star book of 2014!! I definitely want to read this, as well as Boy Meets Boy and The Lover's Dictionary and, well, all of his books really! Great thoughts, Sarika!

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  4. Yay for your first 5 stars read of this year!!! It finally happened :D I wasn't ready for this book when it came out but how, I can't be more prepared! I'm loving this genre and I'm so so so glad that this book was everything it promised to be. And I have to say that the cover and title are so cute! Amazing review, Sarika!

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  5. 5 stars??? I am buying it this second! Great review, Janhvi. I love positive books like this especially when they are about things like this. I just wish his novels are translated on my native language - there are a lot of LGBT teens that need to read it.

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  6. ""It's hard for me to express this but Two Boys Kissing gave me that feeling you get in situations where you feel something but can't do anything about it. Like, that lump in your throat, that sinking feeling in your stomach, and that feeling when you want to cry but tears won't come.""
    I know exactly what you mean. The way you felt in Gone With The Wind...
    One of the best reviews of an LGBT book I've ever read!!

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  7. ""It's hard for me to express this but Two Boys Kissing gave me that feeling you get in situations where you feel something but can't do anything about it. Like, that lump in your throat, that sinking feeling in your stomach, and that feeling when you want to cry but tears won't come.""
    I know exactly what you mean. The way you felt in Gone With The Wind...
    One of the best reviews of an LGBT book I've ever read!!

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