Waiting on Wednesday (27): Two Boys Kissing by David Levithan

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme, hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we’re eagerly anticipating.

My pick this week:

David Levithan
Release Date:  August 27, 2013
by Knopf Books for Young Readers

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.

This follow-up to the bestselling Every Day showcases David’s trademark sharp-witted, warm-hearted tales of teenage love, and serves as a perfect thematic bookend to David’s YA debut and breakthrough, Boy Meets Boy, which celebrates its 10th anniversary in 2013. (Cover and synopsis from Goodreads)

I am so excited for this book because I LOVE David Levithan, and I love that this book was inspired by true events.  I’m sure this will be yet another beautifully written and poignant novel, as I’ve come to expect from David Levithan.

What book are you waiting on?  Let me know, or leave a link to your WoW post in the comments, and I’ll stop by your blog! 


  1. Christina @ Allodoxophobia

    July 24, 2013 at 12:32 pm

    I'm excited for this one too. I got it signed at BEA and DL was so adorable!

  2. Jessie Marie

    July 24, 2013 at 12:34 pm

    I love the concept behind this book. It's so very relevant to the times right now that it's sort of heartbreaking in that. I haven't read David Levithan yet (I know, I KNOW!) but I can already tell this will be important. I think LGBT novels should be required reading to develop tolerance in schools, but I'm probably a little biased. ; ) Great pick!!

  3. Brandi Kosiner

    July 24, 2013 at 2:52 pm

    Haven't seen much about this one yet. Hope you get to read it soon!
    Brandi at Blkosiner’s Book Blog

  4. Laura @Bookish Treasures

    July 24, 2013 at 3:25 pm

    I can't wait to read this. It sounds so good :)

    My WoW

  5. fakesteph

    July 24, 2013 at 3:56 pm

    ooooh, this sounds fantastic.

  6. Jade

    July 24, 2013 at 8:46 pm

    I'm really interested in this. I haven't been a big Levithan fan, but i liked Invisibility and this one sounds really special and meaningful!

    Check out my picks here

  7. madbutmagic

    July 25, 2013 at 4:28 pm

    I wasn't crazy about Every Day by Levithan. I loved what he did with challenging gender and sexuality ideas, but the story fell flat for me. I did, however, ADORE Will Grayson, Will Grayson, enough to make me want to pick up this book! I hadn't heard of this title before I read your post- so thank you!

  8. Bittner

    July 27, 2013 at 2:52 pm

    I'm excited for this one too!!!!!!!!!!!

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