Review: Two Boys Kissing by David Levithan

Published: 2013
By: Penguin Random House
Audio Publishing Group

Source: Borrowed
Format: Audiobook
Length: 6 hrs., 15 mins.

ISBN:  9780804123747

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From what I can recall of books I’ve read in the past, Two Boys Kissing is definitely different. I like the first person plural narrative – which took me a little bit to understand who “we” was. I like the fact that the 3-4 stories that branched from the main scene of Craig and Harry kissing in front of their school to beat a world record and how it’s a monumental feet alone, but it’s also a statement. Whatever their cause was, I’m sure, realistically, the story affected more than just the other gay teenagers witnessing and being a part of this event.

The other stories were what struck me. The story about a trans-boy and a gay boy. The story of a gay boy who has nobody to talk to about his home-life struggles and his self-destructive behavior. The young gay couple experiencing their first love, but one is conflicted with the mortality of the relationship while the other is just being. All different stories and scenarios, but it was the narration that drew the reader into each set of lives and how they are facing the modern world.

I doubt I’ll have any spoilers, regardless I will say it anyway – The narration is by the people who fought and hid and suffered for their sexuality. The people who died whether by the hands of others or because knowledge was not in their power to prevent a now preventative disease (AIDS). The narrators are like the fly on the wall. They are witnessing the happiness, the destruction, the uncertainty of the characters in this story. They want to be the role models they never had. They want to tell them that things may never get better, but the current solution to dealing with desperation is not that. They drew a reader in, they showed what others are dealing with and it mesmerizing what the imagination can create when a story is well-told.

I didn’t think I was going to enjoy Two Boys Kissing, but I did. It took me a little bit to get into it, but once I understood the narrators perspective and who the story was truly about, I finally relaxed and enjoyed it.

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Monthly Wrap-Up (#27)

Books Reviewed

1. Mila 2.0 | link
2. Saga (series) | link
3. Two Boys Kissing | link
4. Local Girl Missing | link

Currently Reading

2. The Postmistress || link

 July Stats

# Books Read: 4
# of Pages: 504
# of Hours Listening: 18
Total # of Posts: 5
Most Viewed: These Shallow Graves review
Runner Up: Poll Time (#1)

2017 Stats

# Books Read: 9
# of Pages: 1784
# of Audiobooks: 4
Genre Most Read: Graphic Novels

Upcoming news

Hey all! I’ve, more or less, been trying to make up for lost time. I’ve set a goal for an audiobook a month, I think it’s doable but we’ll see. I’m currently working on two summer school classes plus I’m still fixing the blog from the Photobucket debacle (see discussion). Hoping to finish classes by mid-August take a few weeks to recover and then jump right back into more school stuff for the Fall term. Whoot!

How was your month?

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Review: Local Girl Missing by Claire Douglas (ARC)

Published: 2017
By: Harper Paperbacks
Source: Publisher
Format: Paperback
ISBN:  9780062661159

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I was really excited about receiving this book not too long ago, and needless to say I wasn’t disappointed in what I read. I haven’t sat down to read a book from cover-to-cover in years, this time mostly out of obligation, but otherwise the story was gripping, well-written, the characters were awesome and established, and the end left me gobsmacked – yup, I said it, gobsmacked!

I’m going to have much difficulty trying to review
this book without giving away too much. So much detail!!

Taking place in a fictitious place called Oldcliffe-on-the-Sea, a sleepy tourist town that has been plagued with the loss of a local girl, Sophie. Eighteen years later some body parts have washed up on the shores and in the bulbous remains is a foot still inside a sneaker – one that looked a lot like the Sophie’s shoe, that she was last seen wearing.

Months after Sophie’s disappearance, her best friend, Frankie, and her family decided to sell the local hotel they established as home and move themselves to London where they continued to grow the hotel business. Frankie is in charge of all of this since her father had a stroke and was hospitalized. In the midst of taking care of business and working on opening a third hotel, Frankie receives a call from her past – Sophie’s brother, Daniel.

Daniel tells the story of the remains being found and wants Frankie to come back and help him figure out who really did his sister in. Although she didn’t want to because of priorities, she agrees to go back to Oldcliffe and help him.

Overall, I liked the way the story unfolded and the surprise ending – I dunno if other readers had figured it out long before me, but I was shocked until the very end. I cried. I laughed out loud. This story has as much tragedy as it does “awe moments”. I highly recommend.

Should this book want to make it’s appearance in a high school library, I believe senior high school would be suitable. There are some explicit language, but nothing too extreme that I would consider it out-of-the-ordinary.

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