Wednesday, July 23, 2008

The Realm of Possibility by David Levithan

[description from David Levithan's website]

Here’s what I know about the realm of possibility—
it is always expanding, it is never what you think
it is. Everything around us was once deemed
impossible. From the airplane overhead to
the phones in our pockets to the choir girl
putting her arm around the metalhead.
As hard as it is for us to see sometimes, we all exist
within the realm of possibility. Most of the limits
are of our own world’s devising. And yet,
every day we each do so many things
that were once impossible to us.

Enter The Realm of Possibility and meet a boy whose girlfriend is in love with Holden Caulfield; a girl who loves the boy who wears all black; a boy with the perfect body; and a girl who writes love songs for a girl she can’t have.

These are just a few of the captivating characters readers will get to know in this intensely heartfelt new novel about those ever-changing moments of love and heartbreak that go hand-in-hand with high school. David Levithan plumbs the depths of teenage emotion to create an amazing array of voices that readers won’t forget. So, enter their lives and prepare to welcome the realm of possibility open to us all. Love, joy, and these stories will linger.

Excerpt from David Levithan's site


Have I ever mentioned how much I love David Levithan? I don't think so, but I should have. I haven't even read all of his work (I blame the bookstore. They don't have anything by him. Arg.), but I already am a crazed fangirl of his. I've loved everything that I have read by him, including this book.

The Realm of Possibility is told in very brief poems and stories and though they are brief, they are written beautifully. I haven't read many books told in poetry or free verse such as this one, I don't particularly like it, but I still liked the way this one was written. I don't think it would've been as beautifully written if it wasn't in free verse.

Best thing about the book, hands down, is the characters. I think everyone can identify with at least one character. There are so many that each doesn't narrate for a while, but you can just see what each of these characters are like and find one that relates to you. I can't really explain it, but I just knew what each of the characters were really like. Maybe it's because they are a tad stereotypical? I dunno. Still, they were especially well-developed characters, considering the fact that each person didn't get a lot of words down.

One complaint: I got confused. They were so many people that whenever another name appeared I went back to see if they had written a section already. I'm pretty bad remembering names any way, and the abundance of names in this book kind of hurt my brain.

Still, this was another wonderful book by David Levithan. Not as good as the other book I reviewed here, Boy Meets Boy, but I still loved it.


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