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
Number of pages196 pages
GenreYoung Adult, Glbt, Contemporary, Romance, Fiction

Reviews Two Boys Kissing

  • Lola Reviewer
    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...
  • 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...
  • Ari
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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 were...
  • 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.
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • ♔ 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...
  • Rohisa
    I have been reading for a while now on the AIDS epidemic.. the tragedy, travesty and devastation. I have been reading for while on same sex relationships.. the beauty, the courage, the ignorance, pain and anguish. David Levithan brings all these themes together wonderfully in "Two boys kissing" through the lens of a simple kiss. Of course, it is more complex than that. As I was reading the novel, l felt as if l was being swept through the ether, ...
  • 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 ...
  • Vilda
    Review to come! I need a moment. "We have stepped away, but not entirely away. They know this. They sense it. We are no longer here, but we are not yet gone. And we will be like that for the rest of their lives. We watch, and they surprise us. We watch, and they surpass us." Two Boys Kissing wasn't quite what I was expecting, but I still ended up loving it. I'm not sure exactly what I was expecting, but I think that it wasn't something quite a...
  • 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...
  • Lisa
    What can I say? I’ve read many books with a better setting. I’ve read many books with a more intriguing plot. And I’ve read many books in which I felt closer to the protagonists. But Two Boys Kissing was still so much better than many of these books.I was eagerly looking forward to the release of this book and David Levithan did not disappoint- far from it: This book turned out to be by far my favourite of Levithans’ books and easily one ...
  • 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...
  • Thomas
    3.5 starsWhile I applaud David Levithan's ambition in writing a book like this, it did not blow me away. Even though Two Boys Kissing focuses on two boys staying connected - literally by the mouth - for more than 24 hours, I felt distanced from all of the characters in this novel.Two Boys Kissing revolves around Craig and Henry, two boys trying to set the record for longest kiss in the world. While they broke up before setting out on this mission...
  • Christina (A Reader of Fictions)
    4.5 Stars, but rounding up because I feel like it.After several disappointments with David Levithan's works written with Rachel Cohn and Andrea Cremer, I'd built up some healthy skepticism about whether his writing really worked for me. With Two Boys Kissing, I now know that he's an author I definitely need to be reading, and am no longer concerned about the collection of his books I already own. Two Boys Kissing is beautiful, a statement about w...
  • Gus
    Esta reseña NO contiene spoilersEste es uno de esos libros que te exprimen un poquito el corazón y se instalan ahí para siempre.SINOPSISNarrado por hombres homosexuales que murieron de SIDA, Dos chicos besándose nos cuenta diferentes historias de adolescentes que están lidiando con su orientación sexual de diferentes maneras. El foco central del libro está dirigido hacia Harry y Craig, dos chicos que están planeando batir el récord del b...
  • Gregory Baird
    "We always underestimated our own participation in magic."I read this book back in August, just as we began our big move, and I'm so excited to finally get the chance to talk it up to you guys.But first, a story to illustrate just why this book is so spot-on and so important. I had only read one other David Levithan novel before (the sublime Lover's Dictionary). I had always intended to read more, but never got around to it. So when I stumbled on...
  • Laura
    Two Boys Kissing. I love saying this title. Two Boys Kissing! The author, title, and cover had me swooning at first sight. Love at first sight! I mean look at that cover! Beautiful.David Levithan’s Two Boys Kissing is a powerful mix of voices, generations, pains, and fears. Characters and voices that will show readers how so many emotions and opinions have changed and how so many things heart-shatteringly remain the same. Parents hurt, kids bul...
  • Kaje Harper
    4.5 stars. This book feels in some ways more salient, more poignant, for my generation than for the teen readers it is aimed at. The narrative voice of the book is omnisicient, the collective voices of all the men who died of AIDS, a generation back. They are looking down at gay teen boys, and one F2M trans, and describing, analyzing, wishing hard enough to bring tears, that their experiences could inform those younger lives. Although the boys in...
  • Carla Dente
    casi no dejé de llorar en ningún momento... un libro precioso y esperanzador. No le cambiaría nada♥ es perfecto así como está.¡MÁS QUE RECOMENDADO! mi favorito en lo que va del año :3Reseña (opinión personal sin spoilers): http://mimundoestaentuspaginas.blogsp...
  • Leo Robertson
    Beautiful and expert piece of writing: rages without lecturing, empathises without pandering, and maintains to the finish a tone that is never too heavy nor too light.The story centres on two teenage boys trying to beat the world record for longest kiss, and follows a collection of LGBT characters across the stretch of time that the kiss lasts, occasionally commenting on their reaction to the kiss and its significance, which allows Levithan to bu...
  • Bill
    It's hard for me to put into words my feeling about this book. But since I'm a writer, I suppose I ought to try.I have been a fan of David's work for a while now. I have been awed by his ability to churn out impressive novel after novel and to cover so much unique ground in such a relatively short time. But this novel is really a game-changer. I mean that both for David's career and for LGBTQ literature in general.Even though I am a YA author, I ...