Two Boys Kissing is a different type of love story that individualizes itself from other romantic novels and is a great source of representation for LGBT youth. It was nominated for Goodreads Choice Awards Young Adult Fiction in 2013 and is my favourite book to date. Originally published on August 21st, 2013 the talented author David Levithan certainly should be proud of his work.
The story follows multiple storylines from the gay men and women who have died over ten years ago. Throughout the novel, the main characters Craig and Harry have decided to break the world record for the longest kiss to spread love and support for being gay. The two used to be together, but this kiss resurfaces tension in their relationship. A kiss is a powerful thing and the book only emphasizes that same-sex couples kissing in public can be frightening especially when being gay was outlawed.
Cooper is a closeted gay teenager that through unexpected events faces the same troubles that the individuals who have died for being LGBT have combated themselves. They sympathize with him but watch helplessly as they are only viewers of Cooper’s story. Through their words, they express how heartbroken they are that they cannot do anything while in the afterlife. The other characters such as Peter and Neil are in a committed relationship and readers get a glimpse that gay relationships are the same as heterosexual ones. Avery is a transgender gay male who falls for Ryan. The two immediately hit it off and Avery gets anxiety that Ryan would look at him differently for who he is.
Overall Two Boys Kissing is a wonderful story filled with excitement, romance, and sorrowful storylines. I couldn’t put this book down and I bet that you won’t be able to either. With the unique perspective, I was fascinated to read about gay history compared to how gay culture is now. Throughout the entire book, it follows through the eyes of the forgotten and unforgettable souls who died paying tribute to their community. It will give you a new outlook on what being gay really means.
If you ever wanted to read about the gay community in depth and flip through an emotional rollercoaster that will make you constantly cry in the library, then this book is for you! Personally, Two Boys Kissing holds a special place in my heart, and I would love it if you were to pick up this inspiring book.