Parents' Guide to

Two Boys Kissing

By Barbara Schultz, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 12+

Poignant tale of several gay teens and record-breaking kiss.

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A Lot or a Little?

What you will—and won't—find in this book.

Community Reviews

age 14+

Based on 3 parent reviews

age 18+

SOFT PORN for teens

This book is included in the curriculum of my kids' high school sophomore English class. Meant to shed light on the plight of LGBTQ community in terms of not being totally accepted, it misses the mark by including teen characters that drink alcohol and have sex with strangers that they've met online. There is a particularly graphic scene in the book that you would consider "soft porn". In addition, the writing itself is not particularly "gripping". There are so many other well written books out there that could be shared with our teens - this is not the one.
age 12+

Not what I expected

I expected this to be a light and fluffy beach read- boy, was I wrong. This book made me cry and think. Though there's nothing especially explicit in the ways of violence or sex, this book is deep and in no way restricted to the young adult audience it was intended for.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (3 ):
Kids say (5 ):

David Levithan writes with heartbreaking sensitivity about the poignant struggle of gay teens to secure love and acceptance in a society where they still often feel "other." This author has a powerful understanding of the emotions of young people who live on the edges; here, he renders well-formed, relatable characters whose various experiences are further illuminated by the context offered by the gay ancestors/narrators. This is at once a beautifully written novel about some moving modern-day characters, and an eloquent comment on the current evolutionary stage of society's treatment of gay youth.

Book Details

  • Author: David Levithan
  • Genre: Emotions
  • Topics: Friendship , Great Boy Role Models
  • Book type: Fiction
  • Publisher: Knopf
  • Publication date: August 27, 2013
  • Publisher's recommended age(s): 12 - 17
  • Number of pages: 208
  • Available on: Nook, Audiobook (unabridged), Hardback, iBooks, Kindle
  • Last updated: July 12, 2017

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