two boys kissing

I can’t put into words how important this book should be to the world right now. Levithan writes unbelievably lyrical prose with utmost sincerity, and there were multiple moments that brought me to tears; with this many characters, it could be difficult to make readers emotionally connect to them, but they are so flawed and endearing and honest, how could you not cheer for them? The Greek chorus of men who have died from AIDS serves as a brilliant narrative technique to remind the two main boys of what has been sacrificed and lost and ruined in the name of love, and it makes the whole novel feel like a conversation that simply says, we are going to keep living, so support us and love us along the way.

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