And the Greek Chorus Returns: Two Boys Kissing by David Levithan Book Review

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Two Boys Kissing

By: David Levithan

Released: August 27, 2013 by Knopf Books for Young Readers

Length: 208 Pages

Genre: Young Adult-GLBT

Rating: Four Stars

Acquired: Purchased

 

The Greek Chorus has returned in the form of long passed away Gay men with AIDs watching over a couple that has been together for over a year, a pair of exes who want to beat the Guinness Book of World Records for kissing, a new couple, and a single boy who feels he doesn’t fit in in the world. 

Two Boys Kissing is perhaps David Levithan at his best stylistically. The writing was beautiful from the beginning to end. I loved the narration he chose. I don’t think he could have done it any other way. It was engaging, entertaining, and completely heartfelt. He talks about the AIDs crisis in such a honest way, but it never took away from all the other boys. The boys, the boys were great. Every single one of them. You felt for them. Could understand them as much as you could. There was such a rawness and tenderness with each one.

I really liked this one by Levithan, but, truthfully it was not one of my favorites. I loved the writing style which is perhaps one of my favorites of his. Although it only works in this book. This book was relatively short and I expected to read it in a day, but it didn’t hold my attention well enough. I found myself not truly wanting to pick it up. When I did, I enjoyed it. Mostly the writing style. The topic was great, but I unfortunately couldn’t relate to it. I didn’t think it would be a big deal. It wasn’t that big of a deal if you see I still gave it four stars, but it did stop me at five stars. I was able to get into it more towards the end, but I think maybe because I just liked the thoughts of the chorus and wanted to finish this.

I would still highly recommend this book. I think the writing style/technique used was perhaps the best I’ve seen in a long time. It kept me interested; and, it was something unique enough that worked. The individual stories were interesting, especially the exes. They were my favorite. There were some good quotes to be had, especially at the end. It’s a book not to missed, I think.

 

A meme! A meme! TBR Thursday (1)

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I think I’ve found one of my memes. Sponsored by Sarah at Words with Sarah, TBR Thursday is where you pick a book three months or older from your TBR shelf and, wait for it, READ IT this week/weekend. I will also be making this as one of my reviews. Kill two birds with one stone kind of thing. I like this idea of tackling my big shelf of things to read. Especially the books that have been there for a long time.  Now for the good stuff. The book I chose. Cover reveal!

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I have had this book since last September. While looking through my list of what books to read for this meme, this book once again caught my attention. If you haven’t read anything by David Levithan, I suggest you do. ASAP. It doesn’t have to be this book. I hear Boy Meets Boy is good, but Every Day is incredible. Just. In.Cred.I.Ble. Do you see how I spelled that word? It’s not even proper that’s how good it was. All his short stories collections are good, too. He’s just good. Better than good. READ HIM!!!

Now, back to BEA posts.

Happy reading and thanks for stopping by.

Stacking the Shelves…with too many good books

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Stacking the shelves is a book meme hosted by the lovely people at Tynga’s Reviews. It allows us to tell the world about our new books and it’s a good way to know about new titles, get to know other book-lovers, and find out what everyone else is reading.

In case you didn’t get to read my rather long post before this, I recently purchased a lot of books at a festival. I went him with twenty-one books. Then, with the two netgalley books I got, book overload is happening at my house. Because I added so many, I will just link up a few that I am really excited about.

THE BEST OF THE BEST

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A little back story on this gem. I have waited for over a year to purchase this book. It sold out last year at the festival and I got the last copy this year, the tenth anniversary copy mind you. After I finish up two or so netgalley books, I am going to crack open this baby. It isn’t available at any bookstores, really. It is published by a small Canadian press called Coach House that has a great collection of books. This was the one vendor I was dying to visit. Too bad I could only buy this book as I spent the rest of my money.

 

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and way too many more to post and link. Just follow my reviews 🙂

 

Happy reading!

 

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