Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Review: Two Boys Kissing

Title:  Two Boys Kissing
Author:  David Levithan
Rating: 3/5

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.


I have extremely mixed feelings about this book.  After reading 10 pages I was ready to put the book down and never pick it up again.  When I read the book jacket it sounded really interesting so I actually ordered it through my library system.  I started reading it and realized there were no chapters, but little breaks that separated a few very different story lines.

The story line that I was most disenchanted with (until the end when things seemed to get real) was the marathon kiss that this book centered around.  Personally, I liked the story of the blue-haired boy and pink-haired boy (of whom I cannot remember their names because I read this book a couple weeks ago).

Anyway, I obviously finished the book, but the interesting thing is that when I didn't put it down at that 10 page mark I ended up reading it in a little over 2 hours, no stopping.

So I'm not sure how to recommend this book because I'm not sure what drew me to it in the first place anymore, nor why I would read it again.

Rated: 3/5

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