This is the Amazon review of a book that was the basis of a recent Minority Report Editorial.
“… 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.”
Our local Editor is not alone in his defense of this book.
According to Amazon “The Los Angeles Times called Two Boys Kissing “Open, frank and ultimately optimistic,” and Entertainment Weekly gave the novel an A minus. With Levithan’s trademark sharp-witted, warm-hearted tales of teenage love, Two Boys Kissing will appeal to fans of Levithan’s breakthrough debut, Boy Meets Boy…”
“… warm-heated tales of teenage love…” is hardly a description I would apply to this book.
In his column the Editor dutifully pointed out that “…copies of the Bible and other religious books are also available in the library.” as if the Bible is somehow as controversial as Levithan’s book.
I hope that by now my counterpart has actually taken the time to read the book in question. If he has I believe he should be able to understand the parent’s concern which had little to do with the cover, and a lot to do with the content; a fact which the MR Editor ignored.
I do like his revelation at the end of the Editorial where he writes, “Having a controversial book in a public school library is not the end of civilization as we know it. I[t] is, rather, the mark of a free society for which the clashing of opposing views is not clamor, but sweet music.”
Oh how sweet it would be to hear a little of that “music” coming from the pages of our local newspaper, instead of the one-sided liberal drivel that continues to worsen over time.
Let me provide a few passages and see if you agree with Amazon and our Editor.
If you are a concerned parent and would like to receive an unedited version of these excerpts, please email me directly at ‘firstname.lastname@example.org’ and I will provide them.
I hope that all parents who have children in FCPS will make time to attend the hearing tomorrow at Fauquier High School; details are HERE.
I apologize if anyone is offended by these excerpts, but if you are, please step back a minute and consider that this book is on the shelves of at least one of our schools where your 14 year old can check it out and read it, with or without your consent.
Here are some edited excerpts from the book:
“There are boys —–ing for the right reasons and boys —–ing for the wrong ones.”
“The a–holes in school had the typical a–hole reactions.”
“This guy is telling him all the things he wants to do with — —–, and all Cooper has to do is type Yeah and Wow and Oh man for the guy to go on.”
“There are moments where Harry is so revved up, is so —–, that he’d sleep with just about anything. And now, Harry needs to stop thinking about sex, because his body is starting to….react.”
Joseph Civitas Editor