19 Love Songs by David Levithan – Book Review

Short stories about love – what more could we need? David Levithan writes so beautifully, heartbreakingly about queer love of all kinds. About meetings, about long-term relationships, about love that changes people’s worlds.

I’m a big fan of Levithan’s work – Two Boys Kissing is a stunning work which pairs the history of gay activism with the contemporary world, and Will Grayson Will Grayson, which he co-wrote with John Green, is charming and hopeful.

It a book which hurts, but it’s a joyful hurt. And the last track, a tribute to librarians which could have been twee and tongue-in-cheek is stunning and had me crying  as I read and re-read it.

Two Boys Kissing by David Levithan – Book Review

Levithan contrasts the different lives lived by several gay teenagers in contemporary America in a series of stories that are held together with a Greek chorus of gay men of previous generations – most in particular, the men who lived through the rise of AIDs during the 80s and 90s and watched many of their number fall ill and die. It’s beautiful and sad and hopeful and wonderful altogether.