With gratitude to Amy Pittel & Josh McAdams
for each donating this life-changing book!
Where We’ve Been & Where We’re going
Two Boys Kissing is my new favorite YA book celebrating DSG – and I haven’t even finished it yet!
Thanks to Vincent, Josh & Adam for talking about this book with me, and posing for this pic, today at the Contemporary Relationships Conference in Austin, Texas. It was a joy to celebrate diverse sexuality & gender with all of you at this celebratory conference!
Two Boys Kissing was featured on the 2013 National Book Award Longlist, Young People’s Literature.
From the National Book Foundation Review:
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.
My Favorite Quote
If you are a teenager now, it is unlikely that you knew us well. We are your shadow uncles, your angel godfathers, your mother’s or your grandmother’s best friend from college, the author of that book you found in the gay section of the library. We are characters in a Tony Kushner play, or names on a quilt that rarely gets taken out anymore. We are the ghosts of the remaining older generation. You know some of our songs…We taught you how to dance.
How Do You Celebrate Diversity?
Do you have a favorite book that celebrates diversity? Have you read Two Boys Kissing?
Share in the comments how this, or another book, has changed – or even saved – a life. I will be highlighting your celebratory quotes about books I feature in my book-a-day blog.
Thank you for your generosity!