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Two Boys Kissing [Englisch] [Gebundene Ausgabe]

David Levithan
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27. August 2013
A 2014 Lambda Literary Award Winner
A 2014 Stonewall Honor Book
Named to the 2013 National Book Award Longlist
"You have to read this.”
- Rainbow Rowell, author of Eleanor & Park

In his follow-up to the New York Times bestselling Every Day, David Levithan, coauthor of bestsellers Will Grayson, Will Grayson and Nick & Norah’s Infinite Playlist, crafts a novel that the Los Angeles Times calls “open, frank, and ultimately optimistic.”
Based on true events—and narrated by a Greek Chorus of the generation of gay men lost to AIDS—Two Boys Kissing follows Harry and Craig, two seventeen-year-olds who are about to take part in a 32-hour marathon of kissing to set a new Guinness World Record. While the two increasingly dehydrated and sleep-deprived boys are locking lips, they become a focal point in the lives of other teens dealing with universal questions of love, identity, and belonging.

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  • Gebundene Ausgabe: 208 Seiten
  • Verlag: Knopf Books for Young Readers (27. August 2013)
  • Sprache: Englisch
  • ISBN-10: 0307931900
  • ISBN-13: 978-0307931900
  • Vom Hersteller empfohlenes Alter: 12 - 15 Jahre
  • Größe und/oder Gewicht: 21,7 x 14,4 x 2 cm
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“There are more than two boys kissing in this book, and every one of them will reach your heart. You have to read this.
- Rainbow Rowell, author of Eleanor & Park

- Frank Bruni, The New York Times

Entertainment Weekly
, August 21, 2013:
"Author David Levithan's poignant novel follows the stories of gay teens joined through an unconventional protest. A-"

The Washington Post
, August 20, 2013:

"Over the years, Levithan has consistently explored new creative territory...'Two Boys Kissing' reveals his command of an intriguing, complex narrative with an unusual point of view: the first-person plural. This 'we' is the combined voice of men who died during the AIDS pandemic several decades ago. As the boys’ stories become more closely entwined and connect in a satisfying finale, the reflections of these 'shadow uncles' lend a quality of retrospection that is rare (and refreshing) in YA literature."

The Los Angeles Times, September 1, 2013:
"Open, frank and ultimately optimistic."

The Wall Street Journal Speakeasy, October 24, 2013:
"'Two Boys Kissing’ couldn’t have arrived at a more timely moment, just months after the Supreme Court decision on gay marriage. The shift in society’s attitudes towards the LGBT community has long been embraced by many in the young adult crowd. Levithan seems to intuitively understand this generation—and his new book allows him to bring their particular struggles and joys to life."

Newsday, August 21, 2013:
"We stand on the shoulders of those who came before us, goes an oft-paraphrased line. David Levithan gives vivid voice to it in his latest YA novel, 'Two Boys Kissing'.

BookPage, August 28, 2013:

"Levithan’s powerful, multifaceted novel explores just how far things have come for many gay teens—and how far things still need to go."

Starred Review, The Bulletin, September 2013:

"Both celebratory and elegiac… There’s much to discuss here about identity, about social media, about community—and it would be a particularly stellar choice for a multi-generational LGTBQ-focused book club.”

Starred Review, Publishers Weekly, June 3, 2013:
"A landmark achievement from a writer and editor who has helped create, in literature, a haven for queer youth."

"No one does heart-pulling emotion like Levithan, and this book, coming a decade after his groundbreaking debut, 'Boy Meets Boy,' has special resonance."
- Gayle Forman, author of Just One Day and Just One Year, for

"Brilliant, moving, important, and wise."

- Jennifer E. Smith, author of This Is What Happy Looks Like and The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight

WAMC Northeast Public Radio, September 19, 2013:
"Two Boys Kissing will make you laugh and cry, but best of all, it will make you relive those perfect innocuous moments of finding and then being with your first love."

Romantic Times Book Review, September 2013:
"Thought provoking, poignant and beautifully written, above all this is an unbelievably important book for anyone who has struggled with identity, love and loss. The omniscient narration is incredibly moving and appreciative of the fragility of life. A groundbreaking addition to the LGBT genre and community."

Kirkus Reviews
, July 15, 2013:
"The novel has genuine moments of insight and wisdom...Inspiring.", August 23, 2013:
"Two Boys Kissing by David Levithan takes the stories of all these boys and spins them into an interconnecting web that will leave you emotionally exhausted and absolutely thrilled to have read something so beautiful and unique...Will educate, entertain and move you."
, May 6, 2013:
"Levithan takes contemporary to a whole new space with this novel, finding new ground in storytelling around important issues that directly affect teens today."

Booklist, August 1, 2013:
"Levithan leans intensely into this work...There’s little doubt that this title, with its weight, significance, and literary quality, will find its way into LGBTQ and wider cannons. Stock up."

School Library Journal, September 2013:
"The story will engage readers, both female and male."

"The high level of imaginative and intuitive empathy that is apparent in all of his works is especially strong here—as not only are his protagonists fully realized, but so are the voices of the collective narration, whose experiences are as varied as the characters on the page... It is the best book I have read this year."
- Maggie Tokuda-Hall, Books Inc.

"Everyone needs to read this, not just YA. How perfectly David puts the past, present and future into one small novel. Now, as soon as my eyes stop watering and the goose bumps on my arms go away, I can continue my day."
- Carolyn Anbar, Watchung Booksellers

"Levithan's choice of narrator was inspiring and heartbreaking. Giving a voice to that generation and exposing young kids to those voices, blew me away...Two Boys Kissing feels like a very important book, something I think everyone should read and something that's touched me in a way no YA has in a really long time."
- John Kwiatkowski, Murder by the Book

Über den Autor und weitere Mitwirkende

DAVID LEVITHAN is a children’s book editor in New York City and the author of several books for young adults, including Boy Meets Boy, Love Is the Higher Law, and Every Day. He coauthored Will Grayson, Will Grayson with John Green, and Nick & Norah’s Infinite Playlist, Dash & Lily’s Book of Dares, and Naomi and Ely’s No Kiss List with Rachel Cohn.

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5.0 von 5 Sternen A kiss to open minds 28. Oktober 2013
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Es ist erstaunlich, wirklich, wie ein Buch sich langsam ins Herz schleicht. Nach nur 3 Seiten war ich soweit das Buch aufzugeben. Nicht mein Stil, vollkommen übertrieben, bleibt die Art Erzähler?
Soviele positive Rezensionen auf Amazon und Goodreads, wie können die das gut finden?
Nach dem erzwungenen weiterlesen dann der Moment an dem man das Buch zu schätzen lernt. Die Figuren, die zu einem sprechen, die Gefühle die man selbst empfindet, lassen einen um 2 Uhr Nachts auf die Uhr schauen und sich fragen "Wieviel Schlaf brauch ich wirklich?"
Es wird klar dass jeder Satz ein Schatz ist und man ihm die Aufmerksamkeit zukommen lassen muss die er verdient. Lies langsamer, sage ich mir bei jedem Wort, nur noch 120 Seiten... langsamer!
Für die Leser die sich die schönen Passagen anstreichen sollte klar sein dass ihr euch am besten gleich mehrer Stifte besorgen. Irgendwann kann man jeden Satz anstreichen. Irgendwann ist das Buch bunt.

Two Boys Kissing geht genau darum: Zwei Jungs die sich küssen, 32 Stunden lang. Solange dauernd nämlich der längste Kuss der Welt und den Rekord wollen Harry und Graig brechen, nicht aus Spass sondern als Aussage nachdem ihr Freund Tariq verprügelt wurde. Dabei sind die beiden schon längst nicht mehr zusammen.
Während die Welt per Livestream zusieht sammelt sich die Stadt Kindling vor dem Schulhof, in dem die beiden aufgestellt haben, und bilden zwei Seiten; die Homophoben und die Freunde.
Als Nebenhandlungen haben wir Avery und Ryan die sich gerade kennenlernen, Neil und Peter die schon ein Jahr zusammen sind und Cooper der auf der Suche ist, nach was weiss er noch nicht.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen wow, just wow.. 30. Oktober 2013
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David Levithan, as an author, never disappoints. Once again he has created a beautiful, touching and important masterpiece which captures and mirrors our reality perfectly.

“Two Boys Kissing” is a book about two guys trying to break the world record for the longest kiss. The story is told by an entity of omnipresent narrators, who all died from AIDS and are now spectators of the lives on earth. They focus on the life of eight gay boys during the 32- hours-time period of the world record attempt. Initially, the guys are not connected, but their lives intertwine during the progression of the plot; their stories being merged together by the actions surrounding the kiss. Like usual observers, they cut back and forth between the different stories, switch their focus and zoom in and out of the boys lives.

We have Craig & Henry, who planned and performed the whole kiss-record to protest against hate-crimes and to show and demonstrate the normalcy of two boys kissing one another.
Second, we have Tariq, who was a victim of a hate-crime and who inspired Craig & Henry to start their kissing protest.
Third, we have Ryan & Avery, who meet on a gay prom and spend these 32 hours getting to know one another on their first dates.
Fourth, we have Craig & Peter who have been together for over a year.
And last but not least, we have Connor, who is alone and lonely, surfing the internet, trying to connect with random guys, looking for a way to fill his void.

But the story is more than a story about two boys kissing, more than a declaration of tolerance, acceptance and love. Above all, it is a book that urges the reader to participate in live, to make decisions, experiences, to take action.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Everyone's must read 1. September 2013
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"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 to. I have never really thought about gay people. I have never. So I thought it was time to read a GLBT book. I decided to see what my opinion on gay people would be. I thought what it would be like to have an opinion. I have read Two Boys Kissing and I fell in love with it. It's unconditionally relevant and wistful. Hopeful and full of meaning. This is my first David Levithan book. This is my fist GLBT novel. And this will not be my last.

The narrative view-point of Two Boys Kissing is not something that I have come across before. It's the voice of hundreds of dead gay teens, who died out from AIDs. Unlike other readers who took some time to grow to love this narration, I connected with it instantly. The included quote at the top is an example of what I mean. The inclusive pronoun, `we', made this book even more heartbreakingly beautiful than ever. There are scenes of urgency, rage and pure joy, and I could feel these emotions so vividly thanks to the narration which clearly took a large advantage. Trust me people, they don't sound like a mob of zombies.

What makes Two Boys Kissing such an imperative read for basically everyone, is that it follows the stories of different gay teens in different relationship statuses. Craig and Harry don't care what other people think, they may not necessarily be a couple anymore but they are planning to set a new record for the longest kiss. In front of their school. Peter and Neil have been a couple for a while now, but there are terms to be met and hidden facts to be faced. There's Avery and Ryan who have only just met, and don't know what to do next. But then there's Cooper. Alone. Confused. Falling from reality. Not caring anymore. All these boys have a story worth sharing, all share their situations. All share how their friends and families deal with the new facts that; Craig, Harry, Avery, Ryan, Cooper, Neil and Peter are gay. I surprised myself, by loving every single character David Levithan placed forward, each and every single one of them felt genuine. I could feel their pain, anger, hope and love. Two Boys Kissing ached with its rawness.

There are messages here to realise. David Levithan did not write this novel for the sake of just writing it. He wrote it to the world. He wrote it to gay males, more importantly. Two Boys Kissing is about falling in and out of love. Embracing and hiding from the truth. Fighting and cowering from families and friends. Two Boys Kissing may just be following a few days of a few people's lives, but the way it's addressed and presented is so ground shaking.

All in all, Two Boys Kissing is phenomenal. Beautiful. And I highly recommend it. Everything about this novel was authentic and moving.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen David Levithan has written one of the best and most moving books I've ever read. Should be required reading. 29. August 2013
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David Levithan, you have slayed me once again. Every Day, and, of course, Will Grayson, Will Grayson, which you co-wrote with John Green, have taken their place among my favorite books of all time. And while I didn't think it could be possible, I loved Two Boys Kissing more than those. Seriously.

Seventeen-year-old former boyfriends Harry and Craig are planning to set a new Guinness World Record for continuous kissing. To do so, they'll need to kiss continuously for over 32 hours. This will take physical strength, yes, but also significant emotional fortitude and support from many, many people, since the sight of two boys kissing at all--let alone publicly for 32+ hours--will be difficult if not downright unacceptable for some.

While Harry and Craig undertake their record-setting quest, navigate their true feelings for one another, and deal with the myriad number of issues that will arise during this period, two other young couples are dealing with their own issues. Peter and Neil, who have been together for over a year, are struggling with trying to determine what their expectations of each other and their future should be, while Avery and Ryan, who just met, are struggling with issues of gender identity and all of the nerves of a blossoming relationship. Meanwhile, Tariq, a friend of Craig and Harry's, is trying to overcome his fears after being beaten up by a group of thugs, and Cooper is dealing with the aftermath of his parents' discovery of his homosexuality.

All of these storylines may seem somewhat typical, but Levithan develops each with depth and empathy in a short number of pages. And what lifts this book up even further is that it is narrated by a nameless Greek chorus of men who died of AIDS. Part lamentation for what they lost, part reflection on the struggles each of the characters are going through, since they've seen it all, their words are so insightful, so moving, so dead-on in many, many ways, I literally found myself tearing up multiple times as I flew through the book.

"You must understand: We were like Cooper. Or at least had moments when we were like Cooper. Just as we had moments when we were like Neil, Peter, Harry, Craig, Tariq, Avery, Ryan. We had moments when we were like each of you. This is how we understand. We wore your flaws. We wore your fears. We made your mistakes."

I read this entire book in one day, and I was moved and inspired beyond my expectations. Levithan made me laugh, think, and, as I mentioned earlier, cry with his words. I can't even begin to count the number of times he so perfectly captured many of the feelings I had as a teenager struggling with my sexuality, with self-esteem, with bullying, with wondering if my parents and family and friends would ever be able to accept me for who I was. And the book was pitch-perfect in its portrayal of the rush of emotions when you first meet someone you like and realize they feel the same way, the anxiety of wondering whether there will be a second date, the beauty of a first kiss.

I've said before how much I marvel at the state of YA fiction today, especially LGBT-themed fiction. I wish that Two Boys Kissing had existed when I was a teenager, because it would have been a tremendous help and comfort to me. I wish there was some way this book could be required reading for those struggling with their sexuality and with self-acceptance, as I believe it really could make a difference. Levithan doesn't create an unrealistic world where there are no problems and no struggles, but he shows how wonderful life has the potential to be, even when you don't think it can.

This is honestly one of the best books I've read in some time. Thank you, David Levithan, for this experience. I feel changed for the better.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Every day changes us 27. September 2013
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This books is about -- you guessed it -- two boys kissing. At least it is nominally. In addition to telling Harry & Craig's story it also tells us the stories of Neil & Patrick, Tariq, Avery & Ryan and Cooper. All are high-school aged LGBTQ kids. All are about to have their lives changed inexorably over the course of the 48 hours that the book covers, but not necessarily substantially. For every day changes our lives inexorably -- that's what life is all about, and that's what this book aims to teach us.

The really interesting piece of this book is the narration. The narrator's voice is not singular but is a multitude of voices talking to the characters from beyond the veil, voices of gay men who died of AIDS early on in the 80's, voices the characters never get to hear. It's a first-person plural voice that I found very interesting and unique, and quite well done, too. But it's not just a gimmick; it's the thing that ties all of these disparate stories together and gives them context. The voices are from people who would have been just a few years older than I am, and they are poignant and sweet and angry and hopeful and bitter, all at once. They bring into stark focus the differences between the generations, between what life was like then and now, between life and death. And they bring into stark clarity the commonalities amongst it all.

"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."

This book is a quick and fascinating read that's full of cautious hope. I would heartily recommend it for any LGBTQ person today, young or old; it gives a glimpse of where we came from and a glimpse at where we are going to go.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen This book speaks to all of us. Beautifully written. 22. April 2014
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We are so privileged nowadays. We can speak as boldly as we want, and say its “free speech”, we can wear whatever we want, we can hear any kind of music, practice any religion (or not), we can even choose whom to love without repercussions. I had taken this all for granted until I read Two Boys Kissing.

Two Boys Kissing is narrated Greek chorus style by the generation of Gay men who have died of AIDS.

"You can’t know what it is like for us now-you will always be one step behind.
Be thankful for that.
You can’t know what it was like for us then-you will always be one step ahead.
Be thankful for that, too."

I really enjoyed the Greek Chorus style narration! At first it was a bit confusing to get into, but it was really nice. It was sort of omnipresent. This narration gave everything a much more “emotional” emphasis to everything. I enjoyed it very much.

I’m so surprised by the way that David Levithan wrote this book. He didn’t write a book just for the sake of writing about gay relationships. He wrote a book for the sake of human relationships. He made a point to show that gay isn’t different from the rest of the world. He also delved deep into the nature of human relationships, and not only the gay relationships. I loved meeting each and every one of the characters presented. They were all so natural to love and to comprehend.

Craig and Harry are the protagonists here. They’re planning to set the world record for longest kiss. They’re not dating, but they used to be a couple. Imagine having to kiss your ex for 32 hours straight! I can’t, and I’m pretty sure not many people can. Yet, David showed us what this kiss meant: this kiss isn’t lustful or passionate, it’s a kiss meant to show something bigger.

Craig and Harry’s big kiss sets the stage for other characters. Peter & Neil are another part of the story. They’ve been a couple for a long time, so their dynamic is different. There’s also Ryan & Avery who’ve just met. And then there’s Cooper, who’s alone, who doesn’t really feel anything.

All of these characters really resonated with me. They all represented different relationships & hardships that we have all gone through. Cooper especially broke my heart because he goes through an especially difficult issue, and I just wanted to hug him throughout the whole book.

This book doesn’t only speak to the gay community. It speaks to all of us who feel different, who want to be different. That boy who wants to be an artist amongst his family of lawyers can understand Neil’s fear of his parents not loving him. That girl who’s in love with her best friend can understand Craig’s feelings for Harry. That person who can’t seem to connect with anyone can resonate with Cooper’s emptiness. These stories are so monumental. They’re meant not only for us, but also for those who surpass us.

I hope to read more of David Levithan, and very soon.

Rating: 5 stars.

**A review copy of this title was provided by Text Publishing in exchange for an honest review.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Wow... the tao of gay being 3. September 2013
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Shows the inner beauty of being gay along with the struggle and value of suffering. If I could have just one book to explain what the past 30 years meant to gay men, this would be it and it is one book every teenager - gay or straight - should read. Beautifully puts haters back on the perifery where they belong and lovers back in the heart of things. Easy to read but it must have been difficult to write. Hugs to the author!
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