August 23, 2013 at 04:00 AM EDT

Two Boys Kissing

type
Book
Current Status
In Season
author
David Levithan
publisher
Knopf
genre
Young Adult
We gave it an A-

It’s easy to forget that a book with this title, Two Boys Kissing, and cover would once have been unthinkable. An older generation of gay men — devastated by AIDS and widespread homophobia — haven’t forgotten those days. They’re the ”we” narrating this novel about present-day gay teens who are brought together by two boys’ noble goal: to protest a recent gay bashing by breaking the world record for the longest continuous kiss. The boys’ forebears marvel at and sympathize with the younger generation, poignantly reminding them what a miracle the freedom to love is. A-

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