BEA Spotlight: David Levithan

What can I say about BEA? It rocked! I met so many super people, authors and yes, an actor! Since I was lucky enough to grab a bunch of awesome ARCs and goodies, I’ve decided to create a post a week dedicated to the books and authors from BEA. I hope you enjoy!

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My first night in New York, there the Teen Author Carnival took place at Jefferson Market Library. Never being there before, I was in awe of the architecture and the atmosphere of the area.

I was so excited to see the panel that included Elizabeth Scott, David Levithan, Susane Colasanti, Suzanne Young, Allen Zadoff, Erin Bowman, Ann Stampler and  Cat Patrick. I was certainly not disappointed by the discussions that revolved around characters and what is appropriate to actually write in a YA novel. According to David Levithan, nothing is off limits as long as it’s integral to the story. He especially had fun dropping the “f bomb”, which was hysterical.

After seeing these great authors in action, I was even more excited to get my grubby little hands on both of David’s books. Let me tell you, I am really excited to read Two Boys Kissing! So much so, that I waited in this insane line to personally meet David and get a signed galley. I am thankful that he’s written a story for teens who are struggling with being gay.

During the carnival, David told us the story of how the cover was created. There being no stock photos of boys kissing, David asked a very talented photographer if he’d take pictures of his friends…kissing. The cover turned out beautifully! What do you think?

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Two Boys Kissing

New York Times  bestselling author David Levithan tells the based-on-true-events story of Harry and Craig, two 17-year-olds who are about to take part in a 32-hour marathon of kissing to set a new Guinness World Record—all of which is narrated by a Greek Chorus of the generation of gay men lost to AIDS. 
While the two increasingly dehydrated and sleep-deprived boys are locking lips, they become a focal point in the lives of other teen boys dealing with languishing long-term relationships, coming out, navigating gender identity, and falling deeper into the digital rabbit hole of gay hookup sites—all while the kissing former couple tries to figure out their own feelings for each other. 

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Even more incredibly, David has two books being released the same year, one he’s coauthored with Andrea Cremer!

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Invisibility

Stephen has been invisible for practically his whole life — because of a curse his grandfather, a powerful cursecaster, bestowed on Stephen’s mother before Stephen was born. So when Elizabeth moves to Stephen’s NYC apartment building from Minnesota, no one is more surprised than he is that she can see him. A budding romance ensues, and when Stephen confides in Elizabeth about his predicament, the two of them decide to dive headfirst into the secret world of cursecasters and spellseekers to figure out a way to break the curse. But things don’t go as planned, especially when Stephen’s grandfather arrives in town, taking his anger out on everyone he sees. In the end, Elizabeth and Stephen must decide how big of a sacrifice they’re willing to make for Stephen to become visible — because the answer could mean the difference between life and death. At least for Elizabeth.
***A quick shout out to Knopf Books for Young Readers and Philomel for the ARC/Copies. Thank you for being so generous!
***All book covers and summaries come from goodreads.com
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Posted on June 3, 2013, in BEA and tagged , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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