By David Levithan
Knopf Books for Young Readers, 2013
Audience: Older Teens
Let’s face it, I don’t write reviews, I write reactions. I started this blog to keep track of what I thought of stories, not write fancy reviews.
This will probably be my least fancy review.
Overall, I was rooting for the two boys kissing. I really wanted them to break the record and I never thought about all of the rules they had to follow to make it count. I could never go 32 hours without peeing or eating. Yikes! That would take so much dedication.
Cooper’s story was probably the quietest one of the bunch but I knew as soon as he started getting himself blocked from apps what was going to happen. I suspected earlier, but that was when I KNEW. I was so happy that his story ended the way he did that I burst into tears. I don’t cry often when reading books but his story really affected me. So many people don’t get endings like Cooper and it made me happy for Cooper but horribly sad for all of the real people whose stories ended differently.
Right when I recovered from that, I looked at the news and found out Ned Vizzini died. I was devastated all over again. I can’t imagine the kind of pain he was in and I was so sad for his family and friends. I’m sad for the books of his that will go unwritten, which makes me feel selfish, because there was so much more to him than that. Remember Vizinni’s advice - talk to someone.
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.