My rating: 5 of 5 stars
“You can’t know what it is like for us now – you will always be one step behind.
Be thankful for that.
You can’t know what it was like for us then – you will always be one step ahead.
Be thankful for that, too.
Trust us: There is a nearly perfect balance between the past and the future. As we become the distant past, you become a future few of us would have imagined.”
David Levithan had me hooked within the first two pages of this book. The opening paragraphs are wonderful, evoking the spirits of those who have gone before, and who are watching over the present generation.
The present generation is personified in Craig and Harry, ex-boyfriends who decide to break the world record for kissing to bring attention to the violent bashing of their friend, Tariq. Levithan runs three other stories along at the same time, Neil and Peter, Ryan and Avery, and Cooper, interweaving their experiences and lives, their highs and lows – and there are some very low lows in these stories.
Despite the ups and downs in the lives of the boys, the overwhelming feeling of this book is one of hope. Hope, happiness and joy in being alive, in being with people that you love and who love you, in being committed to what you believe in and standing for something. Wonderful.