Saturday, 10 May 2014

Two Boys Kissing by David Levithan.

Two Boys KissingThe two boys kissing are Craig and Harry. They're hoping to set the world record for the longest kiss. They're not a couple, but they used to be. Peter and Neil are a couple. Their kisses are different. Avery and Ryan have only just met and are trying to figure out what happens next. Cooper is alone. He's not sure how he feels. As the marathon progresses, these boys, their friends and families evaluate the changing nature of feelings, behaviour and this crazy thing called love.

I received this for review from Electric Monkey. In no way have my opinions been effected due to the free exchange in return for an honest review.

Two Boys Kissing is a book that you either love, or hate, or sit on the fence with. And it is also a book which gets better as it goes along, but it takes a certain frame of mind to get your head around too.

The book is based around 8 boys, Craig and Harry (who are trying to break a world record), Tariq (their friend), Peter and Neil (a long term couple), Avery and Ryan (who are starting to like each other) and Cooper (who has a very different story). Over the course of the 32 hours in which Craig and Harry try to break the world record for the worlds longest kiss, the stories of eight different lives unfold. The characters in this book are all so incredibly different and that really worked in the book, but I've got to admit there were some stories within the story that I liked better than others. 

One reason that this book isn't going to have a glowing review is because of what I mentioned above, and how the book was written. Two Boys Kissing had a dynamic to it which meant at first it was ridiculously hard to get into. There is a point whilst your reading where you go from just looking at the words to being fully engaged in the book and that point was a lot later into the book than I would've liked. The pace was very slow and at times slightly monotonous. But once the book picked up in pace, it really was excellent.

Obviously as an LGBT book, it is controversial, some people will love it and some people will hate it. Personally, I didn't love it, but I did like it. The variety of different situations dealt with in the book was interesting. There were the teenagers whose families were fully behind them, there were the teenager whose parents were mortified when they found out about their sons sexuality, and there were some parents who didn't even know that their child was gay. This was so realistic, because as much as it's tragic the way those scenes were played out, it was completely true and that's another thing I loved about this book - honesty.

As much as this isn't a 5 star review, I'd still definitely recommend reading this book and I know that I'd definitely check out more LGBT fiction in the future.

Holly x

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