Two Boys Kissing by David Levithan

Two Boys Kissing

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 deal...

Details Two Boys Kissing

TitleTwo Boys Kissing
Release DateAug 27th, 2013
PublisherKnopf Books for Young Readers
GenreYoung Adult, Lgbt, Contemporary, Romance, Fiction

Reviews Two Boys Kissing

  • Lola
    David Levithan has just become my new coup de cœur author. Every time I will find my heart aching for an LGBT book or a meaningful read, it’s in his works that I will look forward to plunge myself. And there are so many books of his that I have not had the occasion to devour yet. Yet.It’s with a lingering sensation that I turned the last page. While this may be the kind of story that needs a certain conclusion to its plot (and you can feel i...
  • Claudia Ramírez
    OIGAN. ¿POR QUÉ NADIE ME INSISTIÓ MIL VECES QUE LEYERA A DAVID LEVITHAN?Este libro es PRECIOSO. Lo amé con todo mi corazón, ¡y escuché el audiolibro narrado por el mismo autor! Y ay, todo fue tan bonito.
  • Virginia Ronan ♥ Herondale ♥
    ”Love is so painful, how could you ever wish it on anybody?And love is so essential, how could you ever stand in its way?”Oh my! *deep sigh* How am I even supposed to write a review about this wonderful piece of literature? I’ll try… Of course I’ll try, but I’m pretty certain it will be more than just tough to describe my deep love for this wonderful book!”Two Boys Kissing” hit me right in the heart and triggered all those horribl...
  • Debra
    "Love is so painful, how could you ever wish it on anybody? And Love is so essential, how could you ever stand in its way?"I don't even know how to do this book justice - so I will simply say READ IT. Seriously, read it! This is a book I want to go out and tell everyone I know about!“There is no reason that we should ever be ashamed of our bodies or ashamed of our love.”I loved, loved, loved the narration of the book by the Greek Chorus of ga...
  • Shelby *trains flying monkeys*
    This small little 196 page book packs more of a punch that some 800 page puppy squishers that I've read. Just beautiful.Freedom is also about what you will allow yourself to do.Craig and Henry: they are the two boys kissing. Going for the world's record longest kiss. Peter and Neil: already a coupleAvery and Ryan: new to a relationship and trying to make their wayAnd Cooper-who feels so lostTariq. My favorite character in the whole book. Just rea...
  • Blythe
    Actual rating is 4.5 stars -- We gather the things we learned, and they don't nearly add up to fill the space of a life. You will miss the taste of Froot Loops. You will miss the sound of traffic. You will miss your back against his. You will miss him stealing the sheets. Do not ignore these things.** This review is not really a review concerning the book's merits so much as me rambling about how important I feel this book is for gay teens. My ap...
  • Emily May
    We think of the boys we kissed, the boys we screwed, the boys we loved, the boys who didn’t love us back, the boys who were with us at the end, the boys who were with us beyond the end. Love is so painful, how could you ever wish it on anybody? And love is so essential, how could you ever stand in its way? The Good This kind of book is still very much needed. What the blurb doesn't tell you is that this feels like several short stories woven i...
  • Jaidee
    5 "poignant, wise, profound" stars !! 2017 Honorable Mention with High Distinction Read This is a YA masterpiece. I am so immensely moved by this novel. If you know a gay this for him and kiss him and let him know that you care. If you want to understand what it means to be a gay youth read this book yourself and allow your heart to open, swell and if its like mine will explode with sadness, gladness, thankfulness and hope. These are...
  • Nancy
    Cross-posted at Shelf Inflicted and at Outlaw Reviews Don’t let the provocative cover stop you from picking up this book. It is about two boys, Craig and Harry, who are still good friends, but no longer together, locking lips to break the world’s record for the longest kiss. Enough time had gone by that when they started kissing again, the electricity was gone, replaced by something closer to architecture. They were kissing with a purpose, b...
  • Kai
    “Things are not magical because they've been conjured for us by some outside force. They are magical because we create them.”At first, I struggled to get into this and I put it down twice before it kept me reading. The most irritating thing about it and the only thing that bothered me was the first-person-plural narrative. It somehow made everything nostalgic and sentimental, which pulled me down at first. Another thing I struggled with was t...
  • Ari
  • Esil
    What an unfortunate cover and title for this fabulously original book.Looking at the cover, you would think this is a YA cheesy gay romance. Wrong!Sure, there’s a bit of YA gay romance. But Two Boys Kissing is so much more. Where to start? The narrators are the collective voice of men who died of AIDS two generations ago. From a unique omniscient perspective, they tell the contemporary story of a few LGBT teenage boys. Two of them are trying to...
  • Debbie
    Pogo Stick Time!!Well, I’m bouncing high on my pogo stick again! Wowser! Is this ever fun! If it hadn’t been for a couple of friends who went cuckoo over this book, I never in a million years would have picked it up. First, it’s YA. I do like some YA, but if you line up some fiction titles, I’ll almost always choose the literary or contemporary books. Often the language in YA novels is just so plain. And if it’s topical, it runs the ris...
  • Elyse
    This paperback has been sitting on my shelf for years.I didn’t know it would be ‘that’ **amazing**.I was almost shocked by the brilliance of what David Levithan created. SO EXCEPTIONAL!!!! This novel - based on several true stories is phenomenally ‘timeless’ —a young adult LGBT *classic*.A tribute to the past- present - and - future! A ‘must’ read to get the magnitude of this book’s power on our lives!!!!
  • Melanie
    See more reviews at YA Midnight Reads Thank you Text Publishing Australia for sending me this copy. No compensation was given or taken to alter this review. We were once like you, only our world wasn't like yours. You have no idea how close to death you came. A generation or two earlier, you might be here with us.We resent you. You astonish us.I have never read a GLBT book in my life. I have never had an opinion on gay people. I have never needed...
  • juan carlos
    SOY GAY Y SOY FELIZ SIÉNDOLO :)TARDE 2 SEMANAS EN LEER ESTE LIBRO, POR QUE NO ESTABA BIEN EMOCIONALMENTE, PERO AHORA QUE LO HE ACABADO, SE QUE ERA EL LIBRO INDICADO PARA SALIR ADELANTE. Este libro es un muegano de voces y emociones. Un compendio de alegrías, desesperaciones y tristezas. Dos chicos besándose es una monografía y descripción perfecta de la belleza de la diversidad, la naturalidad y el amor. DAVID LEVITHAN ES UN GENIO Y GRAN ESC...
  • Jeremy West
    I just want to say that Two Boys Kissing by David Levithan was possibly the most beautiful book I've ever read. I can't describe to you the feelings it gives but I can tell you that it will open your eyes dramatically. This book will change you for the better after reading it. Causing you to be aware, cautious, caring, and loving to everyone around you. I seriously cannot wait to share this book with others.
  • Melanie
    Loved it! I loved that the story was narrated by gay men who have passed away. It gives the story so much extra meaning. Here are some quotes that, for me, packed a punch:"***** fell to the ground, remembered someone telling him to curl up, to protect himself that way. They were laughing now, enjoying it, thrilled by it. He couldn't even yell for help, because the only sounds he could make were ones he'd never heard before, a wailing, gutteral ac...
  • Louisa
    I'd give this book a standing ovation if I could. Absolutely beautiful, life-affirming, and a story so needed amidst today's changing viewpoints on LGBT rights.The cover and the title pretty much say it all. Two Boys Kissing runs the gamut of eight "main" characters - ex-boyfriends Craig and Harry aiming to break the Guinness World Record for longest kiss; Tariq, quasi-inspiration of the big kiss after getting beaten up by haters and staunch supp...
  • Bianca
    OMG! OMG! OMG!This book ...How do I convey how good this book is, when I'm shouting expletives in my head- the kinds that express incredulity at having one's mind blown away. I'm also very sleep deprived, thanks to staying up late to finish it. So, bear with me.I was browsing through 700+ books on my Kindle, to see if anything jumps at me, hoping for a book that wasn't blah. Honestly, I couldn't remember why I bought this book, especially since I...
  • Chris Horsefield
    Don't be put off - by the blurb and the kind of silly sounding story of two kids trying to break a world kissing record (barf) ad that's like saying Great Expectations is about a woman who's ruined a wedding cake…it's so much more than the initial premise.The two boys who are attempting the world record for kissing are the lynchpins of the story and the way that Harry and Craig communicate and support each other throughout their marathon is rea...
  • Debbie
    HOLY MOLY! This made my all time favorites list!I never would have thought with a title of “Two Boys Kissing,” and a not so great cover, I would have loved this book so much. Also, I get a little perturbed when it’s always boys and not girls. But, this this is so universal it didn’t matter.Levithan centers his novel around a true event, two boys kissing to break a world record. But, my oh my, the narrators are the previous generation of g...
  • Stacey
    Two Boys Kissing is a powerful read. The story encompasses several stories of the struggles of what it means to be a gay youth all the while describing the joy and pain of trying to break the world's record for the longest kiss. Was that a run on sentence? I feel a little overwhelmed from just finishing this deeply emotional book. *cleansing breath* First of all, I'm delighted that this is a YA novel. I feel that it's a must read for every age, b...
  • Reading Corner
    I definitely enjoyed this book especially because I think it's message and relevance is profound.It was nice to read a book with so many gay characters instead of a gay character lazily shoved into a young adult book for the sake of diversity.This book deals with many important issues regarding sexuality like coming out and feeling comfortable with your own sexuality.However, I think the story telling was poor and I felt parts of the book were ov...
  • Kat (Lost in Neverland)
    When The Doctor asks, you don't refuse. After Finishing3.5 StarsTwo Boys Kissing is not only a book about two boys. It follows the life of a long-time couple, a broken up couple, a new couple, and a boy searching to be part of a couple. Watching over these boys are the lost ones. The people we have lost from disease and suicide, the ones who look at these boys with both worry and envy, the ones of a lost generation of gay teenagers not unlike the...
  • Mayra Sigwalt
    Eu posso dizer com certeza que chorei do inicio ao fim desse livro. Ainda bem q não é um livro grande, senão ia ficar desidratada. E não é porque acontecem coisas tristes e tragédias, é porque ele toca em assuntos do fundo da alma. A escrita do Levithan é tão poética e ao mesmo tempo simples, direta. Ele conversa com vc e toca onde quer tocar. Talvez por não ser um rapaz gay eu tinha tudo pra não me identificar com esse livro, mas eu ...
  • Cheri
    “Does he love me, I want to knowHow can I tell if he loves me so“Is it in his eyes, oh no you'll be deceivedIs it in his eyes, oh no you'll make believeIf you want to know, if he loves you soIt's in his kissThat's where it is, oh yeah” “It’s in His Kiss” / ”The Shoop Shoop Song (It’s in His Kiss)” Songwriters: Rudy Clark I remember seeing this title when I read another David Levithan book, ‘Dash & Lily’s Book of Dares’ an...
  • ♔ Jaela ♊ Killer ⚔ QUEEN
    I have no words! This was absolutely amazing! I started it just a couple of hours ago and I couldn't put it down. So mesmerising!I don't want to spoil the story, it's astonishing and I loved every single character, not only the "2 boys kissing", but also Avery and Ryan, Neil and Peter, even Cooper. They all broke my heart. I want to hug them all and keep them safe from any harm. Such wonderful souls! This is a book about dreams, aspirations, feel...
  • Isa Cantos (Crónicas de una Merodeadora)
    Este libro... ni sé por dónde empezar. Es un libro precioso, pero que te destroza un poquito por dentro. En Dos Chicos Besándose encontramos varias historias paralelas de chicos homosexuales. Están Harry y Craig, que alguna vez fueron novios, y ahora quieren romper el récord del beso más largo del mundo que dura más de 32 horas; Neil y Peter, que llevan una relación bastante estable; Ryan y Avery, que empiezan a conocerse, a salir y a ace...
  • Victor Almeida
    Lindo. Lindo. Lindo. E lindo também.Esse é um dos livros mais diferentes que eu li nas últimas semanas. Não só pela forma como ele é narrado, mas por todas as histórias contadas. É Levithan: cheio de frases maravilhosas, delicadamente compostas, e que passam uma sutileza e complexidade ao mesmo tempo. Meu Deus como esse homem sabe o que tá fazendo! Li o livro todo em um dia e, apesar de demorar um pouquinho pra me acostumar com a narrati...