• Book Review

    Will Grayson, Will Grayson – John Green & David Levithan

    “When I was little, my dad used to tell me, “Will, you can pick your friends, and you can pick your nose, but you can’t pick your friend’s nose.” This seemed like a reasonably astute observation to me when I was eight, but it turns out to be incorrect on a few levels. To begin with, you cannot possibly pick your friends, or else I never would have ended up with Tony Cooper.”  Will Grayson’s best friend Tony Cooper is an easy character to hide behind, both literally and figuratively. He ends up dragging Will along into the craziest of situations and Will often wonders how he ended up there.…

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    Marly’s Ghost – David Levithan

    “Marly was dead, to begin with. There was no doubt whatsoever about that. I had been there. When she went off the treatments, she decided she wanted to die at home, and she wanted me to be there with her family. So I sat, and I waited, and I was destroyed.”  Its been four months since Ben’s girlfriend Marly died. Four long, hard months filled with grief, sadness and loneliness. He cannot get her off his mind and has retreated from his friends. With Valentine’s Day approaching Ben feels more alone and miserable than ever, and he isn’t afraid to share that misery. He is ignoring his friends, telling a…

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    My True Love Gave to Me – Edited by Stephanie Perkins

    In this collection of twelve tales we meet an orphan who falls for a god, a jewish boy who is willing to do anything for his boyfriend – even be santa, and a couple who took far too long to realise they were meant to be. Each story written by a major name in YA romance, My True Love Gave To Me will melt your heart on the cold winter nights and make you believe again.  *** This book was brilliant, it was just what I needed in the run up to the Christmas period and it gave me tingles thinking about some of the fresh romances that were present…

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    Every Day – David Levithan

    “I wake up.  Immediately, I have to figure out who I am. It’s not just the body – opening my eyes and discovering whether the skin on my arm is light or dark, whether my hair it long or short, whether I’m fat or thin, boy or girl, scarred of smooth. The body is the easiest thing to adjust to, if you’re used to waking up in a new one each morning. It’s the life, the context, of the body, that can be hard to grasp.” Every day A wakes up in a new body. A is neither male nor female, as A doesn’t have a body. A is a…

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    David Levithan at Waterstones Liverpool One

    A rather blurry David Levithan at Waterstones Liverpool One  On August 12th I picked up my good friend Keris and took to the road… it wasn’t a very long one, with us just driving down to Liverpool to partake in an evening with David Levithan, but it was good!  It was a mixture of sunshine and rain on the hour long drive to Liverpool but with good company it went quickly. I only had an idea of how to get to the city centre so I followed my sat nav on my phone which kindly directed me into the Mersey Tunnel and over to Birkenhead… just for those who don’t know,…

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    Two Boys Kissing – David Levithan

    “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.” Harry and Craig were a couple. They are not anymore but they remain friends. That is why one summers day they decide to take on the world in the only way they can think of;…

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    Are We There Yet? – David Levithan

    “The phone rings at an ungodly hour. Elijah looks at the blur of his clock as he reaches for the sound. Eleven in the morning on a Saturday. Who can be calling him at eleven in the morning on a Saturday? Cal, his best friend, stirs from somewhere on the floor. Elijah picks up the phone an murmurs a greeting.  ‘Oh goodness, did I wake you?’ Elijah’s mother asks, her voice so much louder than the dream he’d been having.  ‘No, no,’ he says, disguising his own voice to sound awake. ‘Not at all.’ ‘Good, because I have some great news for you… ‘“ It’s safe to say that the…

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    Boy Meets Boy – David Levithan

    “9.00 p.m. on a November Saturday, Joni, Tony and I are out on the town. Tony is from the next town over and he needs to get out. His parents are extremely religious. It doesn’t matter which religion – they’re all the same at a certain point and few of them want a gay boy cruising around with his friends on a Saturday night. So every week Tony feeds us bible stories, then on a Saturday we show up at his doorstep well versed in parables and earnestness, dazzling his parents with our blinding purity. They slip him a twenty and tell him to enjoy our study group.” Paul and…

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    Geektastic: Stories from the Nerd Herd – Holly Black and Cecil Castellucci

    In this fantastic collection of stories Holly Black and Cecil Castellucci have collaborated with other YA authors such as John Green, Libba Bray, David Levithan, Garth Nix and others, to help celebrate all things geeky. From a Jedi/Klingon love affair to a Quiet Knight who comes across his fair lady in the strangest of circumstances, from a class joke on the geeky guys to a star gazing marathon, all these stories will settle in your heart and make you appreciate live for how you are living it.  *** I really, really enjoyed a lot of these stories. I wasn’t sure after the very first one that I would as it…

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    Dash and Lily’s Book of Dares – Rachel Cohn and David Levithan

    “December 21st Imagine this:  You’re in your favourite bookstore, scanning the shelves. You get to the section where your favourite author’s books reside, and there, nestled in comfortably between the incredibly familiar spines, sits a red notebook. What do you do? The choice, I think, is obvious: You take down the red notebook, and open it.  And then you do whatever it tells you to do.” When Lily and her brother leave a red notebook on her favourite bookshelf in her favourite bookshop she hopes that the right guy will come along and snap it up. Dash is alone this Christmas and the red notebook daring him to do things…