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The Realm of Possibility by David Levithan
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Jul 19, 2010

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In twenty poems in twenty different voices and styles, this book lays out what it means to be a teenager. Loves are begun, continued, and ended, friendships are formed, changed, and lost. The characters’ stories intersect and merge in expected and unexpected ways, and out of twenty different stories, one complete picture emerges of the relationships bred among a high school class. Themes include fitting in and breaking out, friends, family relationships, body image, religion, sex and most frequently love in all its incarnations. Each poem is written in a different style, some quite formal, and some almost prose, with the structure and physical appearance of each adding to the reader’s understanding of the character writing it. This would be an excellent book for an early high school English curriculum, for in addition to its captivating narrative and highly relatable themes, it demonstrates a variety of literary techniques and styles, as well as providing an introduction to contemporary forms of poetry. While there are no graphic depictions, and almost no strong language, the book does openly discuss sex and drugs in the lives of teenagers. This beautifully written and wrenchingly honest book is highly recommended, particularly for high school students.
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