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3.94  ·  Rating details ·  32 ratings  ·  30 reviews
Tall, gawky, and twelve, D.C. Blau stumbles into her cousin Becky’s birthday party wearing a neon yellow T-shirt so bright it could burn someone’s eyeballs out. Towering above the boys there and self-conscious about her height, she prefers to think that it’s the boys who are the outliers, that Becky has more “dwarf” friends than Snow White -- but one among them catches her ...more
Published June 3rd 2014 by Smashwords Edition (first published June 2nd 2014)
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Mar 02, 2015 rated it really liked it
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Two Kids is a coming-of-age journey through the lives of Rob and D.C. as they forge a lasting friendship, overcome great loss, and discover the ups and downs of growing up.

During the summer before 7th grade D.C. attends her cousin's birthday party where she meets Rob. The two hit it off right from the start, but after the party the two fail to keep in touch. Over the remaining summer months tragedy strikes both of their families. When school begins Rob is surprised and grateful to see D.C. who h
Cat Michaels
Jan 16, 2015 rated it really liked it
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In Two Friends, Author Richard Levine introduces us to tween angst, camaraderie, and loss in his tale of friendship between gawky DC Blau and shy Rob Cameron, who meet and become pals at a birthday party one summer in a Long Island town.

Levine’s book follows their blossoming friendship during a yearlong period and introduces us to their families, neighborhood, and school. The narrative ping-pongs between the two protagonists in their first-person voices, so readers understand both views of the s
Feb 11, 2015 rated it really liked it
D.C. and Rob form a sweet friendship at the beginning of this story, then go through quite a few hardships together as the book goes on. The descriptions are vivid, and I really felt like I was there, in each scene. There were some acronyms and cliché's that I felt were not really necessary to the story and in some cases were quite distracting to me. I think the author may have been trying to speak "tweenese", but as an adult, I didn't really get it. This is a book that I will let my 11 and 13 y ...more
MrsK Books
Feb 08, 2015 rated it liked it
How painful are those awkward years when your body is growing and "geekieness" seems to always be tripping you up. The story of DC and Rob begins one summer day. DC has just moved to town and her cousin is having an end of school party. Do you remember what it is like when those boy and girl parties first began?

Meet DC, she is a "too-tall, out-of-town girl." Her dad's candy store T-shirt is bright yellow which causes her to stand out (as if being tall doesn't). DC has a little brother, a baby si
Feb 09, 2015 rated it it was ok
I feel extremely bad about posting this review and wish I didn't have to. I was given a copy of Two Kids in exchange for an honest review, so I am under an obligation.. I feel like I should apologize to the writer as I can tell that he clearly wrote this book from a place of love. Anyway, I have put this off as long as I can..

I wish I could say that I enjoyed Two Kids, but I really didn't. I had to read it in small doses in part due to the writing style. At times it felt like a rather long babb
Kevin Gerard
Jan 25, 2015 rated it really liked it
Two Kids is a fun, easy read, definitely something kids would enjoy (and I'm a BIG 57 year old kid). Levine gave me a genuine love for Rob and D.C., the two tween main characters who are best buddies but are coming of age as well. Their friendship is slowly stepping toward the next level, but neither of them seem to be in a hurry. D.C. is bursting with attitude, while Rob is the more laid back of the two. Rob has a sister, Mattie, who drives him nuts (didn't we all have a younger sibling like th ...more
Mar 06, 2015 rated it really liked it
Two Kids covers a year in the lives of Rob and D.C., two twelve-year-olds who meet at a summertime birthday party. As a former extra-tall 12-year-old girl myself, I related to the main female character, D.C. (although I was all gawky, with none of D.C.'s athleticism or confidence). D.C. also experiences a tragedy in her life midway through the story that my family also experienced, and it's the details like these that drew me into the story.

This book reminds me a fair bit of one of my favorite
Kim Propp
Mar 05, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: children, young-adult
Heart of a Philanthropist would like to thank Richard Levine for gifting us a copy of his book in exchange for an honest review. This review was first seen on Heart of a Philanthropist blog.

Two Kids is about two kids. But it is much more than that. DC meets Rob at a birthday party. (DC is a girl). She was dressed to impress kids with a flourescent yellow shirt on. She is taller than most kids which can be quite embarrassing at times. BUT, she runs into one short guy that she is attracted to, and
Inderpreet Uppal
Mar 06, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Two very different kids a cute boy and a gawky, smart girl become friends over the summer and school and learn about love and life along the way. The story is written in a first person account of both DC and Rob. They each share their thoughts and how they cope with the far reaching changes that take place.
Rob loses his father and how his life is impacted by it, how our life alters and yet even as children we continue to grow and adjust. DC faces loss when her mom loses a baby; both seeing life
Madison Woods
Dec 01, 2014 rated it really liked it
Richard Levine’s Two Kids was a book that really warmed my heart. Classified as a middle grade novel, I am a young adult who really enjoyed it for my own age.

I thought that the book had a certain meaning to it including friendship. It showed how friendship could be the best kind of pain reliever. The main characters, D.C. and Rob, really could relate to any tween their age. All children will go through those awkward crushes, moments, and unforgetting tween years. These two kids show others that
Amy Miller
Mar 02, 2015 rated it it was amazing
When I first started this I thought this was showcasing two kids one girl one boy in their pre-teen years, with the typical problems they have. D.C was tall (very) than most and super skinny so this made her stand out and when your young that's not always a goo thing. Then there Is Rob he is shy and has a hard time talking to girls. They meet one night at D.C.'s cousins party hitting it off right away. Discovering they would see each other again soon both were excited. Over the summer the pre-te ...more
Jan 30, 2015 rated it really liked it
A tall and gawky twelve year old D. C. Blau is just learning how to manage such long legs when she shot up faster than the speed of sound. D. C. and her family moved to Long Island in one of their many moves. Just when she made friends after being the new girl in an already started new school year, BANG, they needed to pack up and move again! She was invited to her cousin's birthday party, she showed in one of her dad's designed neon yellow tee shirts. and in the dim light at the party she was s ...more
Feb 15, 2015 rated it really liked it
Honestly, it took me forever to get in to Two Kids. With a couple of exceptions, nothing seems to really happen during the book. I looked for more plot, more action- something to keep the book moving along. Instead, Two Kids seems to be a lot of dialog during small scenes, that don't really add much action to the book. I found myself wishing many times that something more would happen.

In spite of that, the writing itself is spectacular. As the reader, I got to know each character, and felt like
Laura Hix
Mar 04, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Two kids takes you on a journey through the lives of ... two kids! DC a tall lanky young teenager and Rob the short, bashfal, teenager.
They both meet at DC's cousins party and then don't see each other for mths, then all of a sudden DC shows up at Rob's school.
They finally bump into each other and realize, yes they do know each other, and a friendship blossoms,
Facing their own tragedy in their own lives, and dealing with new normals, that friendship is kindling into a budding romance.
This book i
Tonja Drecker
Aug 19, 2014 rated it really liked it
This is a nice story about friendship, fitting in and a little bit of innocent teenage crushes thrown in.

I think kids ages 10 to 14 (tweenies) will have no trouble feeling for the main characters and will sympathize with the uncomfortable situations that age group often has to deal with--not only their own bodies and friends, but also the strange oddities of parents and relatives.

The story itself has humorous as well as sobering moments as it ventures through the growing friendship of Ron and
Mar 06, 2015 rated it really liked it
I found the book to be well-written and the two main characters, Rob and D.C. described in good detail. As these two tweens navigate their way through life, with all its trials, tribulations, and good parts too, they are also finding their way through getting to know each other, as well. I enjoyed reading the book and have passed it off to my 12-year-old daughter to read. She is enjoying it very much. This story is a great read for tweens as it is interesting without being written above their ex ...more
Mar 06, 2015 rated it really liked it
First of all, I was impressed by the detailed and vivid descriptions that demonstrate the author's ingenious writing skills. The story unravels around characters and events that sound real and relatable, to both kids of similar age and adults who have gone through that stage of life with some unforgettable memory. The book is emotionally moving and attests to the power of friendship. It also teaches kids about the price to pay for growing up and how to deal with losses. I like the writing overal ...more
Jane Ritz
Jan 21, 2015 rated it really liked it
Two Kids is a good book about friendship, relationships and family. D.C. and Rob become friends.D.C. lives with her parents and younger brother Tommy. Rob lives with his parents and little sister Mattie. During the summer, Rob's dad has a fatal heart attack,leaving him to deal with those feelings. He meets D.C. again after school starts. They become the best of friends. Reading about the ordinary happenings of these two 12 year-olds and their siblings is a joy. Tragedy sticks in two ways for D.C ...more
Feb 27, 2015 rated it really liked it
D.C. noticed Rob at her cousin's twelfth birthday party. Later, during the party, a new, strong friendship began.
This touching, yet entertaining, explores the year in the life of two twelve year old, Long Island, NY youth. Many youth will be able to relate to the drama, conflicts,and interaction these youth experience.

The characters are endearing, with the various situations portrayed well. The book cover depicts the story content well while the book title lacks viewer attraction. Additional wor
Susan Slacky Faatz
Mar 03, 2015 rated it really liked it

Two Kids BY Richard Levine
Two Kids is a great coming of age book. We follow DC who is tall for her age and feels out of place because of it. She meets Rob, who is a shy young man, at her cousins birthday party. The two of them hit it off and become friends. They loose touch after the party but Rob is happy to see DC when he starts school in September as she has moved to the area and is now in his school. The book follows these Two Kids on different adventures from flying, breaking hearts, to ha
Ashleigh Swerdfeger
Feb 16, 2015 rated it liked it
My Review: Two Kids is a little difficult to get into. Or perhaps, I am just not feeling it . I really like that there is lots of description, though. Once the second half rolls around Two Kids is much easier to become interested in reading. It is very detailed. The characters are your typical hence the name 'two kids'. They have a lot of important conversations and basically are kids living their lives.

My Rating

I feel the book is perfect for younger readers. I would give the book 3 stars.
Ashley Howland
Feb 23, 2015 rated it liked it
This is a book with a difference. It is written from the point of view of two different kids. One little sister also has a few spots where her versions can be read. This makes the story interesting. Certainly the characters are warm, likable and realistic. Teenagers who experience grief, love and every other emotion that affect their lives. For kids who like to read about other kids and who could relate to pain and suffering this would be a great book.
At times it moves slowly and there is not a
Mar 01, 2015 rated it really liked it
As a mum of two young boys reading this, it reminded me of what I have in store for the future and how to be mindful of how I talk to pre-teens.

This book deals with death, relationships and puberty. It would be beneficial to read in a school or home setting where follow-up discussions or activities are involved.

There are many teaching opportunities throughout this book and things to learn from the perspective of 6 year olds, pre-teens and how adults react in a variety of situations.

For a full Ed
Mar 06, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2015
I did not enjoy this book. When I read I like to read books that at least will have a happy ending. I am not going to spoil it, but these kids went through so much loss, that at the end you would think something happy will happen, but no just more loss. The friendship the two characters forge was great, especially during those awkward years of adolescence. I haven’t lost that many people in my life so I can say I can’t relate, but I will not recommended this book to anyone where there is no hope ...more
Kasey Cocoa
Nov 02, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: children-s
This is a uniquely written easy to read book with a lighthearted feel sure to appeal to younger readers. Review by Josselyn: "I like the theme in this story. The kids are smart and fun to read about on their journey. I have never read a book like this one. I think lots of other kids (tweens) will like reading this book." A review ARC was provided by the author in exchange for an honest review. This in no way affected our opinion. ...more
Jan 24, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: own-on-kindle
I was provided with a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

Overall I really enjoyed this book. Two Kids is an easy to read, engaging young adult book. Two Kids is about two tweens of the opposite sex who face many of the challenges all young tweens go through. Friendships, moving, family, grief to name of few. Tweens will find this book a pleasure to read.
Tara Looney
Mar 02, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: k-5-read-aloud
I felt like this was written with the pre-teen or early teen in mind. The topics of loss, love and understanding weird parents is something, I think, would resonate with this age group. And with some adult guidance really make for a great conversation.

I enjoyed the quirky wit-isms of Runner Boy and D.C. I loved how they fit together like two peas in a pod and were able to share a year of ups and downs noone should ever have to endure.
Frelisa Walker
Feb 21, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Two Kids has been a wonderful read. Without giving away too much of the plot, the story goes through episodes in the lives of Rob and D.C. They reveal their emotional struggles.
I recommend Two Kids. It is a witty and thoughtful written book that engaged me as a reader. The characters are believable, the good and the bad.
Mar 07, 2015 rated it really liked it
This book will make the hot list for many teens. It's story plot is an easy read but yet holds a realistic scenes. The things that these two face in their own personal lives as they build their friendship is remarkable. They go through quit a bit. The author's skill are amazing! I strongly recommend any and all ages to read this book!

*Received for an honest review*
Kay LaLone
Mar 04, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book. D.C. and Rob are the main characters. They take turns telling the story from their point of view. They build a friendship and encounter quite a few hardships through the story. Rob and D.C. are characters that the reader can connect with. I know I did.
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