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Love Is the Higher Law by David Levithan
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Mar 07, 2010

really liked it
bookshelves: young-adult, orca-2011-2012
Read on March 07, 2010

Following the lives of three young adults, beginning on September 11, the book is hard to put down. It's fairly short but packs a punch, and I kept prolonging lunch breaks to read just another page or two. It doesn't really try to be anything other than a September 11 novel - even the romance takes a back seat to the characters sorting through their feelings about that day - but it succeeds admirably well. It's emotional and occasionally wrenching without ever feeling maudlin, and I just realized that even though the teens' stories are incredibly personal, none of them loses a friend or relative in the attacks. This doesn't make the story any less emotional, but allows it to focus on loss in a different way than through death. Hmm. Thoughtful and gripping, even though the characters do sometimes talk more like, well, book characters than real teens.
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