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David Levithan

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David Levithan

David Levithan finds it downright baffling to write about himself, which is why he's considering it somewhat cruel and usual to have to write this brief bio. The factual approach (born '72, Brown '94, book '03) seems a bit dry, while the emotional landscape (happy childhood, happy adolescence --- give or take a few poems --- and happy adulthood so far) sounds horribly well-adjusted. The only addiction he's ever had was a brief spiral into the arms of diet Dr Pepper, unless you count MY SO-CALLED LIFE episodes as a drug. He is evangelical in his musical beliefs and deathly afraid that his bio will end up sounding like the final paragraph in an on-line dating ad.

Luckily, David is much happier talking about his book than he is talking about himself. BOY MEETS BOY and THE REALM OF POSSIBILITY started as stories he wrote for his friends for Valentine's Day (something he's done for the past 16 years) and turned themselves into teen novels. When not writing during spare hours on weekends, David is a senior editor at Scholastic, and the founding editor of the PUSH imprint, which is devoted to finding new voices and new authors in teen literature. With BOY MEETS BOY, he basically set out to write the book that he dreamed of getting as an editor --- a book about gay teens that doesn't conform to the old norms about gay teens in literature (i.e. it has to be about a gay uncle, or a teen who gets beaten up for being gay, or about outcasts who come out and find they're still outcasts, albeit outcasts with their outcastedness in common.) He's often asked if the book is a work of fantasy or a work of reality, and the answer is right down the middle --- it's about where we're going, and where we should be.

Of BOY MEETS BOY, the reviewer at Booklist wrote: "In its blithe acceptance and celebration of human differences, this is arguably the most important gay novel since ANNIE ON MY MIND and seems to represent a near revolution in the publishing of gay-themed books for adolescents" --- which pretty much blew David away when he read it. Viva la near revolution!

David Levithan

Books by David Levithan

by Rachel Cohn and David Levithan - Fiction, Holiday, Romance, Young Adult 12+

Dash and Lily have had a tough year since readers first watched the couple fall in love. Lily’s beloved grandfather suffered a heart attack, and his difficult road to recovery has taken a major toll on her typically sunny disposition. With only 12 days left until Christmas --- Lily’s favorite time of the year --- Dash, Lily’s brother Langston, and their closest friends take Manhattan by storm to help Lily recapture the holiday magic of New York City in December. Told in alternating chapters, THE TWELVE DAYS OF DASH & LILY reunites two beloved characters and is bound to be a Christmas favorite, season after season.

by David Levithan and Nina LaCour - Fiction, Friendship, Gay & Lesbian, Young Adult 13+

Mark and Kate have sat next to each other for an entire year, but have never spoken. For whatever reason, their paths outside of class have never crossed. That is until Kate spots Mark miles away from home, out in the city for a wild, unexpected night. Kate is lost, having just run away from a chance to finally meet the girl she has been in love with from afar. Mark, meanwhile, is in love with his best friend Ryan, who may or may not feel the same way. When Kate and Mark meet up, little do they know how important they will become to each other -- and how, in a very short time, they will know each other better than any of the people who are supposed to know them more.

by David Levithan - Romance, Young Adult 12+

Every day is the same for Rhiannon. Until the morning everything changes. Justin seems to see her, to want to be with her for the first time, and they share a perfect day --- a perfect day Justin doesn’t remember the next morning. Then, one day, a stranger tells her that the Justin she spent that day with, the one who made her feel like a real person…wasn’t Justin at all.

by David Levithan - Fiction, Gay & Lesbian, Young Adult 14+, Youth Fiction
Watch out, ex-boyfriends, and get out of the way, homophobic coaches. Tiny Cooper has something to say --- and he’s going to say it in song. Filled with honesty, humor and “big, lively, belty” musical numbers, HOLD ME CLOSER is the no-holds-barred (and many-bars-held) entirety of the beloved musical first introduced in WILL GRAYSON, WILL GRAYSON, the award-winning bestseller by John Green and David Levithan.
Edited by David Levithan and Daniel Ehrenhaft - Fiction, Short Stories

In these 21 stories from today's top YA authors, you'll find a full prom spectrum - -- with outsiders, insiders, good dates, bad dates, unexpected dates, and a whole lot more. Authors include Libba Bray, Jacqueline Woodson, Ned Vizzini, John Green, Sarah Mylnowski, Melissa de la Cruz, Holly Black, Brent Hartinger, Lisa Sandell, Will Leitch, Leslie Margolis, Cecily von Ziegessar, E. Lockhart, David Levithan and Dan Ehrenhaft.

by David Levithan - Fiction, Romance, Young Adult 12+

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.

by Andrea Cremer and David Levithan - Young Adult 12+

Stephen was born with invisibility. Elizabeth sometimes wishes for invisibility. Then Stephen and Elizabeth meet. To Stephen’s amazement, she can see him. And to Elizabeth’s amazement, she wants him to be able to see her --- all of her. But as the two become closer, an invisible world gets in their way --- a world of grudges and misfortunes, spells and curses.

by David Levithan - Fiction, Romance, Young Adult 12+

Every morning, A wakes in a different person’s body, a different person’s life. He lives by three rules: Never get too attached. Avoid being noticed. Do not interfere. That is, until he wakes up in Justin's body and meets Justin's girlfriend. From that moment, the rules by which A has been living no longer apply. Because finally A has found someone he wants to be with --- day in, day out, day after day.

by David Levithan - Fiction

For Evan, high school life was a shallow, meaningless experience until the day he met Ariel. This beautiful, bizarre girl possessed a talent for uncommon perceptions and for getting to the core of a person. But she was always teetering on the edge of a mental breakdown.

by David Levithan - Fiction

How does one talk about love? Taking a unique approach to this problem, the nameless narrator of David Levithan’s THE LOVER'S DICTIONARY has constructed the story of his relationship as a dictionary.

by Rachel Cohn and David Levithan - Fiction

When Lily gets tired of looking for the right guy, she leaves a notebook full of challenges on her favorite bookstore shelf and waits for someone to come along and accept its dares. But is Dash really the right guy, or are he and Lily only destined to swap their dreams and desires? Can they possibly connect with each other in person, or will they be a comic mismatch of disastrous proportions?

by John Green and David Levithan - Fiction

You aren't alone. Try it --- Google your name. The difference is that they're not you, and you're not them. Which is why a chance meeting between two radically different Will Graysons shouldn't change the world. But it does. Because nothing stays the same when you make it about love.

by David Levithan - Fiction

The lives of three teens --- Claire, Jasper and Peter --- are altered forever on September 11, 2001. Claire, a high school junior, has to get to her younger brother in his classroom. Jasper, a college sophomore from Brooklyn, wakes to his parents’ frantic calls from Korea, wondering if he’s okay. Peter, a classmate of Claire’s, has to make his way back to school as everything happens around him.

Here are three teens whose intertwining lives are reshaped by this catastrophic event. As each gets to know the other, their moments become wound around each other’s in a way that leads to new understandings, new friendships, and new levels of awareness for the world around them and the people close by.

by Rachel Cohn and David Levithan - Fiction

Naomi and Ely are best friends. Naomi loves and is in love with Ely. Ely loves Naomi but prefers to be in love with boys. So they create their "No Kiss List" of people neither of them is allowed to kiss. This works fine --- up to a point.

by Rachel Cohn and David Levithan - Fiction

This he said/she said romance told by Rachel Cohn and David Levithan is a sexy, funny roller coaster of a story about one date over one very long night. Two teenagers, both recovering from broken hearts, are just trying to figure out who they want to be --- and where the next great band is playing.

by David Levithan - Fiction

An impressionistic blend of novel, travelogue and poetry, David Levithan's book focuses on two brothers --- one hardworking and serious, the other dreamy and mellow --- who are tricked by their parents into vacationing together in Italy. Will Elijah and Danny be able to put aside their differences and remember the affection they once had for each other?

by David Levithan - Fiction

The six high school seniors in THE PERFECT SCORE believe that the Educational Testing Service, which administers the S.A.T. exams to anxious teenagers all across the country, isn't playing fair with the students, so they decide to rebel. They have one common goal --- to steal the answers to the S.A.T. --- and six different reasons for doing it.

by David Levithan - Fiction, Gay & Lesbian, Romance

Paul is a sophomore at a high school like no other: The cheerleaders ride Harleys and the homecoming queen used to be a guy named Daryl. When Paul meets Noah, he thinks he's found the one his heart is made for --- until he blows it. This is a happy-meaningful romantic comedy about finding love, losing love, and doing what it takes to get love back in a crazy-wonderful world.