Two Boys Kissing


How did I get it?:
I bought it!

Previously reviewed by the same author:
Dash and Lily’s Book of Dares


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.


Two Boys Kissing is the first solo book I’ve read from David Levithan, although I do have Every Day waiting to be read. I can safely say that I shall definitely be reading more from this talented author. I was struck by how quotable it was. If I was to highlight my books, I’m pretty sure that most of the book would’ve been highlighted. Mr Levithan sure does have a way with words. I do think some readers may have some trouble reading David Levithan’s writing. It takes a while to get used to, but stay with it if you can and I’m sure you’ll enjoy or begin to appreciate it.

Two Boys Kissing is narrated by a chorus of gay men who died from AIDS. They look upon the current generation of teenagers who are struggling with the same ordeals they had to go through. It is this chorus that takes a while to get used to. It’s an incredibly unique way to tell the story. This book is inspired by college students Matty Daley and Bobby Cancielo, who did kiss for thirty two hours to break the Guinness World Record. There are many gay couples within the story, it’s not so much just about Craig and Harry who are trying to break the record, but the whole community focusing on characters that are having the same struggles. There’s Tariq, who is attacked by a homophobic gang; Cooper, whose family are finding it hard to accept his sexuality and Avery, who is a boy born in a girl’s body.

Two Boys Kissing is an important story and a necessary story for those that need to know that being gay is okay. It’s definitely a story that really made me think. It’s not often I have to pause and really consider what the phrases in a book mean, but David Levithan’s writing made me do just that. It’s incredibly powerful and a book that I think deserves to be read widely.

Would I recommend it?:
Of course!

A powerful look at how society views homosexuality. A book for those that love quotable, meaningful reads!

6 thoughts on “Two Boys Kissing

  1. I’ve read several of Levithan’s books and I like them. Now I have to add this on my wishlist.
    I agree with you that he has a way with words. You should check out The Realm of Possibility. It’s my favorite book by him and it’s written in verse. Nice review, Chrissi 🙂

    • Thank you! Apart from Dash and Lily, this was my first experience with David Levithan! 🙂 I really liked his writing. I shall keep an eye out for The Realm of Possibility.

  2. I agree about Two Boys Kissing! It’s such a beautiful story, and the writing itself is gorgeous. Every Day is really wonderful and thought-provoking as well. Two Boys Kissing is a book that I’d read as a library book, but I loved it enough that I still need a copy for my own shelves!

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