Boy Meets Boy
Published by Knopf, 2003
Boy Meets Boy is a charming and funny read, following Paul (an openly gay high-school student) from an incredibly open and accepting American town (it’s almost utopian in terms of its tolerance). Unlike the majority of LGBT YA fiction I’ve read, this isn’t so much of a coming-out story, as it is a teen romance (complete with love triangles, epic romantic gestures and prom). There is also one of the most fabulous characters (ok, maybe tied with Tiny Cooper), Infinite Darlene, who if nothing else does, will put a smile on your face. Boy Meets Boy is sweet, quirky and slightly heartbreaking but highly-recommended.
Are We There Yet?
Published by Knopf, 2005
Love is the Higher Law
Published by Random House, 2009
Love is the Higher Law is the story of three teenage New Yorkers – Claire, Jasper and Peter, and the way their lives are affected following the events of September 11. Levithan’s writing is honest and sensitive and his characters felt incredibly real. I’ll admit I bawled my way through Claire and Kyle’s stories, and whilst I had some trouble initially relating to Jasper, ended up really caring for them all. Whilst the story is highly emotive and set amidst such tragic circumstances, I do feel like there is a lasting message of hope and the capacity for strength and community.