- Kari Patrick
David Levithan’s Two Boys Kissing is a collection of stories about a variety of young gay men and their partners. There are two sides to these stories. There are the omniscient gay men of the past, who have struggled with their identities and coming out already. Then there are the gay teens of today who are attempting to come out and live their lives as they wish.
Some of the young men portrayed are struggling to find a way to be themselves openly, while others are just trying to find a partner who is right for them. In all of the instances, relatable characters are developed, and a connection to these individuals naturally forms. Well-written and evocative of growing up and exploring one's identity, these are touching stories about what it means to be a modern-day homosexual teen.
If you’re looking for further reading, these similar young adult titles are a great place to start: Ask the Passengers, by A.S. King; Simon Vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda, by Becky Albertalli; and Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe, by Benjamin Alire Sáenz.