Saturday, March 14, 2020

19 Love Songs by David Levithan - OPTIONAL

19 Love Songs by David Levithan, 308 pages. Alfred A. Knopf (Random House Children’s Books), 2020. $18.

Language: R (58 swears, 12 “f”); Mature Content: PG13; Violence: PG



Levithan gives readers 19 short stories about love. Some are written in prose, some are written about characters from his other books, some are true, and in some you’ll see love you experience.

Most of Levithan’s stories are about homosexual boys experiencing romantic love. While a few branch out to include familial love and self-love and others include heterosexual and other LGBTQ couples, the fact that most of the stories were about a demographic I don’t fit in to made me feel a little left out, a little disconnected from the love described. Levithan is a skillful writer, and I liked his stories, but I feel like this book wasn’t written for me. The mature content rating is for underage drug and alcohol use, implied masturbation, and mentions of sex and pornography.

Reviewer: Carolina Herdegen

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