Two Boys Kissing

Author(s): David Levithan

Young Adult Fiction | Contemporary Realism | A Touch of Romance | Queer | Michael's Favourites

"You have to read this." --Rainbow Rowell, bestselling author of Eleanor & Park


In his follow-up to tthe New York Times bestselling author of Every Day, andDavid Levithan, coauthor of bestsellers Will Grayson, Will Grayson (with John Green) and Nick & Norah's Infinite Playlist (with Rachel Cohn), crafts a novel that the Los Angeles Times calls "open, frank, and ultimately optimistic."


Based on true events--and narrated by a Greek Chorus of the generation of gay men lost to AIDS--Two Boys Kissing follows Harry and Craig, two seventeen-year-olds who are about to take part in a 32-hour marathon of kissing to set a new Guinness World Record. While the two increasingly dehydrated and sleep-deprived boys are locking lips, they become a focal point in the lives of other teens dealing with universal questions of love, identity, and belonging.


Named to the National Book Award Longlist
A Lambda Literary Award Winner
A Stonewall Honor Book


"An intriguing, complex narrative with an unusual point of view... and] a quality of retrospection that is rare (and refreshing) in YA literature." --The Washington Post


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* Wide review coverage in broadsheet and tabloid newspapers such as the Age, Sydney Morning Herald, Dominion Post and Courier-Mail * Media coverage in magazines such as Yen, the Big Issue, Girlfriend and Dolly * Reviews in specialist magazines such as Viewpoint, Magpies and Reading Time * Profiles anticipated in publications such as Magpies and Junior Bookseller & Publisher * Review coverage in specialist gay magazines, radio and online * Reading copies available to trade * Online advertising campaign, particularly on YA blogs and review sites * Video message from the author available for hosting on bookseller sites * Teaching Notes tailored to the Australian Curriculum for English available for download at * Feature title in Text's education newsletter

Long-listed for Inky Awards: Silver Inky 2014.

'Levithan's self-conscious, analytical style marries perfectly with the plot. His musings on love, longing and human nature knit seamlessly with A's journey. Readers will devour his trademark poetic wordplay and cadences that feel as fresh as they were when he wrote Boy Meets Boy (2003). An awe-inspiring, thought-provoking reminder that love reaches beyond physical appearances or gender.' -- Kirkus Reviews on Every Day 'An irresistible premise...Those familiar with Levithan's earlier work will not be a bit surprised to learn that his latest is beautifully written...a study in style, an exercise in imagination, and an opportunity for readers themselves to occupy another life, that of A himself.' -- Booklist on Every Day '[A] literary gem.' -- Girlfriend Magazine on Every Day 'A complete romp...the novel is so tightly woven that it begins to feel miraculous...Will Grayson, Will Grayson is so funny, rude and original that by the time flowers hit the stage after Hold Me Closer, even the musical-averse will cheer.' -- New York Times on Will Grayson Will Grayson 'Author David Levithan's extraordinary imagination has been let off the leash in this exceptionally clever and poignant tale.' -- Sunday Tasmanian on Every Day

David Levithan is an award-winning and New York Times bestselling author of young adult books, including Boy Meets Boy, Nick & Norah's Infinite Playlist (with Rachel Cohn) and Will Grayson, Will Grayson (with John Green). He lives in New Jersey and spends his days in New York, editing and publishing other people's books.

General Fields

  • : 9781922147486
  • : Text Publishing Company
  • : Text Publishing Company
  • : 0.176
  • : July 2013
  • : 198mm X 128mm
  • : Australia
  • : September 2013
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : 208
  • : Paperback
  • : David Levithan