Valentine’s is for Readers

Are you looking to spice up your reading?  Are you looking to break out of a reading rut?  Do you want to flirt with a strange genre?

Then look no further!  The Bellingham Public Library has you covered with our new Literary Blind Date display at the Central Library.  To encourage reading outside the box, we have wrapped up some of our favorite books so you can’t judge them by their covers. All you have to do is pick the book with the most appealing blurb, take it home, unwrap it, and fall in love.

… Or not.  

Thankfully, there are many books to choose from!  So, this Valentine’s Day, take a chance on us – take a chance on reading.

Book Date

The  Literary Blind Date display will be available at the Bellingham Public Library until February 28.

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Not Just for Teens: Two Boys Kissing by David Levithan

Two Boys Kissing book coverFirst Impressions
David Levithan’s novel Every Day is one of my all-time favorites. I knew I had to read this highly buzzed about novel as soon as it came out!

Here is a great interview with David Levithan that discusses Two Boys Kissing  in some detail: http://blogs.wsj.com/speakeasy/2013/10/24/david-levithan-explores-gay-teenage-love-in-two-boys-kissing/

Drive-by Summary
The story of two high school students, former boyfriends Craig and Harry, who are trying to break the Guinness World Record for longest kiss, intersects with the concurrent activities of other, local young gay men: an established couple, a new romance and a disassociated young man. All the stories are told through the omnipotent narration (or chorus) of an earlier generation of gay men, many of whom lost their lives to AIDS.

My Favorite Character
Avery, a trans boy with pink hair who falls for Ryan at gay prom.

Words to Live By
“One of the kids who asks to pitch in is eleven years old. His name is Max, and his dad brought him to see this.

Max is a marvel to us. He will never have to come out because he will never have been kept in.”

– The Chorus

Recommended For
Anyone who likes stories of love and perseverance. Of stories that transcend gender or sexual orientation. This is not a “gay” story; it is a love story.  (Actually, multiple love stories.)

Final Say
The chorus might turn some people off, and I’m not sure if the chorus’ character (as it is, in fact, a character in this story) won’t come across as preachy to some readers.  I struggled with that at the beginning, but I believe the author tied it all together, making what could seem preachy instead a message of hope for the future.  David Levithan’s prose is full of beauty and poetry and a dozen lines will resonate with you before you finish this book.

You can find Two Boys Kissing at the Bellingham Public Library.

— Jennifer