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BOOK REVIEW: David Levithan’s Two Boys Kissing

by KYLE COPELAND

The title doesn’t leave much to the imagination and you get exactly what it promises. The story based on true events tells of two teens that set out to break the world record for the longest kiss, a 32-hour-long marathon. Meanwhile, other couples deal with topics of coming out, gender identity, and falling into the never ending line of hook up websites. It’s another solid Young Adult novel written by David Levithan, who is most commonly known for Nick and Nora’s Infinite Playlist, Will Grayson, Will Grayson, and his debut novel Boy Meets Boy.

Harry and Craig, the two seventeen-year-old boys, attempt to break the aforementioned world record for the longest continuous kiss in front of their high school and videotaping the entire thing. Naturally this causes quite the stir in town, creating both positive and negative responses reaching as far as the local media.

David Levithan, author of Two Boys Kissing./Photo by Jake Hamilton

David Levithan, author of Two Boys Kissing./Photo by Jake Hamilton

Stepping back from this scene we find our other characters looking in. Long-term relationship couple Neil and Peter enjoys kicking back and playing video games for hours at a time. Single Cooper is addicted to hook-up sites and continuously driving his car to charge his phone after running away from home.

The novel brought an enjoyable sense of nostalgia. Levithan mentions a time when there was no Gay section at bookstores. I recall having to spend hours searching for maybe one book. The novel manages to bring humor to some serious issues and shows what the fight for social acceptance means to today’s youth.

Why is Marky Mark smiling in those ads? It’s not just that he has a perfect body. No, it’s as if he knows that soon enough, our bodies will be broadcast.

 -David Levithan, Two Boys Kissing

Highly relatable and entertaining read, Two Boy Kissing is not one to skip over in your GLBT section of your bookstore. If you happen to come across a copy, it’s worth a peck on the cheek.

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