Nobody thinks twice about kids kissing in literature if they’re straight. It’s so common in coming-of-age stories that you’d have to search long and hard not to find a YA novel that didn’t include a theme of young straight kids discovering kissing.
Kissing and sexual awakening are important parts of being human.
LGBTQ kids deserve to be able to read about themselves as much as straight kids deserve to. You could only object to that if there were something wrong with two boys kissing.
Of course there isn’t anything wrong with it. Just because we gay people are in a minority doesn’t mean we don’t matter or that young people can’t have some fiction that helps them learn and grow.
David Levithan is an important writer, and “Two Boys Kissing” is an accomplished work of art and a powerful piece of fiction written for gay teenagers.
From the Guardian review:
Two Boys Kissing by David Levithan is the story of seven teenagers who are all gay and in various stages of coming to terms with it. They are all in different situations. Harry and Craig want to set the world record for the longest kiss to make a statement about homosexuality and homophobia. Ryan and Avery meet at a gay prom and become a new couple. Peter and Neil are a long term couple, and Cooper is figuring out what being gay means to him, with hardly any clue on how to deal with it.
Levithan is writing for gay teens who deserve to see themselves in fiction. By the way, as a masterful story teller and expert literary craftsmaster, he uses innovative, captivating techniques that advance the art of YA fiction a good deal.
Random House, Penguin, and the editorial staff that worked with Levithan to release this fine piece of young-reader fiction should be commended.
We need more excellent art like this for LGBTQ young people.