Two Boys Kissing

Book review by Barbara Schultz, Common Sense Media
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Common Sense says

age 12+

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

Parents say

age 14+

Based on 3 reviews

Kids say

age 13+

Based on 5 reviews

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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.

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Too much sex
Too much swearing
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking
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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.

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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