Release Date: May 9, 2006
One school. Twenty voices.
There's the girl who is in love with Holden Caulfield. The boy who wants to be strong who falls for the girl who's convinced she needs to be weak. The girl who writes love songs for a girl she can't have. The two boys teetering on the brink of their first anniversary. And everyone in between.
As he did in the highly acclaimed Boy Meets Boy, David Levithan gives us a world of unforgettable voices that readers will want to visit again and again. It's the realm of possibility open to us all - where love, joy, and the stories we tell will linger.
This feels like it should be measured in a completely different scale. I will admit that I have put David Levithan in some sort of pedestal that can not be reached but... can you blame me? Not only is this one of the most astonishing verse novels I have read, but it also achieve what few authors dare to attempt. This story has 20 different narrators. 20! How on earth did Levithan manage to not mix them up while writing and to actually make them each sound unique is well, bow-worthy.Every story interconnects with another or with several others in some cases in unexpected ways. It was fascinating to explore so many stories in one book.
Levithan's has an enchanting ability to savor language and make words bloom and rearrange into gorgeous prose. This novel bursts with emotions and beauty, and as always, love. The story achieves in its few poetry-filled pages, what very few books ever can. It gives the reader hope, understanding and courage aimed for readers that lack that the most.
I honestly cannot praise this loud enough. It's beautiful in every way, and I wish it would find its way into the hands of every teenager out there.