Two Boys Kissing

By David Levithan

From the New York Times best-selling author of Every Day, comes a touching, thoughtful and deeply romantic look at love and discovering your true self.


The 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 under the watchful eyes of a Greek chorus of a generation of men lost to AIDS. David Levithan connects recent history with the present moment in a novel that is both a celebration of equality and a memorial to a lost generation.

Praise forEvery Day:

‘Every Day is a wonder.’ Patrick Ness, author of Chaos Walking trilogy and A Monster Calls

Format: Paperback
Ageband: from 12
Release Date: 28 Sep 2023
Pages: 256
ISBN: 978-1-4052-6443-3
David is the New York Times best-selling author of Boy Meets Boy and Marly’s Ghost. While among his many collaborations are Will Grayson, Will Grayson with Fault in Our Stars author John Green, and Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist with Rachel Cohn, which became a major film. Tiny Cooper from Will Grayson, Will Grayson, now has his own novel: Hold Me Closer: The Tiny Cooper Story. David is also a highly respected children’s book editor, whose list includes many luminaries of children’s literature, including Garth Nix, Libba Bray and Suzanne Collins. He lives and works in New York.

”'You have to read this.' ” - Rainbow Rowell, bestselling author of Eleanor & Park and Carry On

”'Remarkable.” - Frank Bruni, The New York Times

Entertainment Weekly, August 21, 2013:'Author David Levithan's poignant novel follows the stories of gay teens joined through an unconventional protest. A-' -

The Washington Post, August 20, 2013:'Over the years, Levithan has consistently explored new creative territory…'Two Boys Kissing' reveals his command of an intriguing, complex narrative with an unusual point of view that is rare (and refreshing) in YA literature.' -

The Los Angeles Times, September 1, 2013:'Open, frank and ultimately optimistic.' -

”The Wall Street Journal Speakeasy, October 24, 2013:''Two Boys Kissing’ couldn’t have arrived at a more timely moment. Levithan seems to intuitively understand this generation” - and his new book allows him to bring their particular struggles and joys to life.'

Starred Review, Publishers Weekly, June 3, 2013:'A landmark achievement from a writer and editor who has helped create, in literature, a haven for queer youth.' -

”'No one does heart-pulling emotion like Levithan, and this book, coming a decade after his groundbreaking debut, 'Boy Meets Boy,' has special resonance.” - Gayle Forman, author of Just One Day and Just One Year, for

”'Brilliant, moving, important, and wise.” - Jennifer E. Smith, author of This Is What Happy Looks Like and The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight

Romantic Times Book Review, September 2013:'Thought provoking, poignant and beautifully written.' -

Kirkus Reviews, July 15, 2013:'The novel has genuine moments of insight and wisdom…Inspiring.' -, August 23, 2013:'Two Boys Kissing by David Levithan takes the stories of all these boys and spins them into an interconnecting web that will leave you emotionally exhausted and absolutely thrilled to have read something so beautiful and unique…Will educate, entertain and move you.' -

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