Love Is the Higher Law
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 Clai...more
Any way back to the novel at hand. This novel really stuck a cord with me. I honestly cried while reading most of it... ok, i cried through the entire thing actually. Thank god it wasn't all that long. I guess I just remember that d...more
Huge thanks to the girl who sat next to me on the bus to Chicago from ALA. She had this ARC in her hands when she boarded the bus for our 3 1/2 hour trip home, and she finished it by the time the trip was over. When I asked how she liked it, she nodded, I believe, then swallowed a lump in her throat, and offered me the book. Once again, thank you!
Do you remember where you were on 9/11? The characters in LOVE IS THE HIGHER LAW were a...more
You just know a good book is good when you want to highlight most of it.
The book was definitely okay. Uhhh. I guess I didn't really know that much about the 9/11 bombing yet while reading, images of some video footage I've watched before came flashing through my mind.
I guess the book was more on Jasper and Peter's love story and Claire's great depression on not moving on about the 9/11 incident. Claire also became this "bridge" which connected Jasper and Peter through their awkwardness. I guess I'm just into these types of books.
I think t...more
In Sliding Doors, the whole idea is that every choice you make, and every single thing that happens to you changes the trajectory of your life, and once you are put on that trajectory, there is no way back. But Groundhog Day - which, I tell him, also happens to be a much better movie - says the opposite. It says if you mess up or make the wrong choice, you just have to keep at it until you do it right.
In a very personal (and powerful) book David Levithan shows three very different ways in which the 9/11 attacks changed lives. While, of course, those from New York will have a connection with this book in ways that I will never know, I am reviewing this book because below the surface is an affirmation of what is best about humans—our capacity to create and conceive of...more
Love is the Higher Law focuses on the events of 9/11 and the aftermath of the city of New York and how people (namely three teenagers) reacted and moved on. The chapters alternate between each of the three characters, which I always love, but unfortunately in this book it just didn't work a...more
Honestly this book was a little confusing because it was in three peoples' perspective.
I just really liked how this book...more
I approached it with much trepidation, but was fueled by the fact that there haven't been as many novels about this time as I'd imagined there would be, and also by the fact that as time goes on, readers (especially younger ones) will have less and less firsthand experience of what it was like to be in New York in those hours and days and months. I genuinely can't imagine forgetting any of it, but I also have come to realize that history moves on, and while the meaning of that day changes in th...more
Here is the Kobo store’s summary:
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 ar...more
Something I was not so happy with about with this book was th...more
It's about three teenagers (one of them is out of high school) who are living in New York when the tragedies of 9/11 occur. The story goes through the year and how it affects the characters and how they change the way that they think and live their lives.
Claire, Jasper, and Peter are all very different. Claire was probably the chara...more
As many of you know, I have recently returned from visiting New York. While I was there, I visited the 9/11 Tribute Centre which was extremely moving and I was affected way more than I thought I would be. Reading the beginning of the book, which describes the morning of 9/11 from the perspective of our three teenagers, I actually had some...more
1) LGBT - Levithan is probably best known for Boy Meets Boy. In Love is the Higher Law, as in other books by Levithan, he has gay characters. What I love about this novel is that the nove...more
This review is, of course, not to say that...more
“The terrorists – those nineteen people, did the worst thing you ca...more
Claire is a 17 year old who lives blocks away from the World Trade Center. On the morning of the attacks, she is in school. She is worried that her mother, who works in another part of the island, might have been on the subway underneath. She goes across the street to the neighboring elementary school to see h...more
I like the idea of this book a lot, and I cannot deny Levithan packs in some beautiful sentences about 9/11. In the future there is much here that may help explain what was felt that day, what rippled through the country.
But also: this is a novel. And Levithan's multi-POV narrative reads more like a project in multi-POV narrative than, you know, just...more
But I read a book this year that changed my mind. It’s called LOVE IS THE HIGHER LAW, by David Levithan. In the interests of full disclosure, I should mention that I both know and like David -- he’s editor Mixtape and we work together on SHIVER. I should also ment...more
[Originally I wasn't planning on posting this review today. But I feel like I need to post this for me.:]
The rest of the book was fine. And I was glad for it. Maybe especially because I...more
But we need to read these books sometimes. Levithan makes it easy for us, in this case. Because he loves, and he cares, and he wants people to remember - and if they don't remember, then to kno...more
It's interesting to hear about the experiences of those who were right there, near the Twin Towers on September 11, 2001, because as much news coverage as it got, I didn't know the smaller details, like how it was windy, and how papers from the offices ended up blowing around the streets: minutes from meetings, HR documents and so on, winding up in people's front yards. This was ki...more
At first, I thought LITHL was a love story, but when most of the book covered the characters' experiences of 9/11, I asked myself: "where did the love story go?" It was only after reading the book that I understood. It is a love story—there's the story about Jasper and Peter,...more