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Love Is the Higher Law by David Levithan
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Aug 23, 2011

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bookshelves: z-2011, doorway-character, glbt-gay, post-sept11, y-fiction
Read from August 08 to 23, 2011

If anyone would be able to pull off a novel about 9/11, it would be David Levithan. He has a way of being melancholy and still hopeful at the same time. Love is the Higher Law follows three teenagers in New York City on 9/11 and the days afterwards. It’s told through the POV of each character in a way that feels more like inter-connected short stories.

As with most Levithan stuff, there’s one particular scene or story that stands out more than the rest – in this case, when Jasper tags along with a friend to give blood and is told he can’t, because he’s gay. (How the hell is that policy still in place? Seriously.)

Good, but not my favorite Levithan. Worth considering for a teen book club / discussion.

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