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19 Love Songs

3.95  ·  Rating details ·  85 ratings  ·  30 reviews
The New York Times bestselling author of Every Day, Someday, and Two Boys Kissing is back with a short story collection about love--perfect for Valentine's Day or year-round reading!

A resentful member of a high school Quiz Bowl team with an unrequited crush.

A Valentine's Day in the life of Every Day's protagonist "A."

A return to the characters of Two Boys Kissing.

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Paperback, 320 pages
Published January 7th 2020 by Penguin Random House
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Jun 01, 2019 marked it as not-released-tbr  ·  review of another edition
why aren't more people freaking out about this?
Sep 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fiction, lgbtq, nonfiction
Every Valentine's Day, Levithan writes a short story to send to his dear friends. I've heard about this for years, and finally, some of those Valentine stories are released and included in this collection! All sorts of love in these nineteen stories are explored; romantic, familial, true friendships... a portion of them being tales from his own life. Each story, whether one I've read before or not, warmed my emotional insides. His signature soft, poetic way of phrasing mood and experiences will ...more
Nov 10, 2019 marked it as to-read
Umm, EXCUSE ME, but why did no one tell me David Levithan has a new book coming out ...more



I mean, I haven't read Someday yet... I know, I'm just not ready... aagh. I'll do it. I'll have to read Someday before this so I can read this on Valentine's Day.

But... still...

I love Every Day so much.

Really pumped for this.
Jan 03, 2020 marked it as to-read
Sep 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2019-books-read
This is such a beautiful book. These stories are lovely, they're charming, they're gentle and loving and good. Every single one of these stories was something heartwrenching in the most wonderful possible way.
Carly Bohach
Jan 24, 2020 rated it liked it
I went back in forth about how many stars to give this. When the stories were great, they were really great! The others just fell short for me. I've loved Levithan since Two Boys Kissing. He writing is wonderful and thoughtful.
If you have lost your belief in love and romance, this book will restore your faith that there are happily ever afters. Weaving in original stories, poems, essays, and even a cartoon strip alongside 11 other pieces published previously elsewhere, author David Levithan knows his subject quite well and often seems to be pulling these stories from his own heart and life experience. The collection is arranged just like a mix tape or playlist featuring nineteen different tracks, and the focus lands ...more
Jan 16, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I always have a really hard time reviewing Levithans books, which is why, for the most part, I just't don't do it. They just always seem so real and get to me in a very personal way. I couldn't possible express these emotions in the right way. On top of that there are some (really beautifully written) autobiographic stories in "19 Love Songs" as well. They were extremely enjoyable and (at least to me) felt like actually listening to David Levithan and not just reading about his life. But that ...more
Jan 20, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It would be churlish of me to berate the stories in this collection for their shared adolescent view of love as I fully realize this is a book written for adolescents and especially for adolescents who need to revel in love stories doused in bucket loads of mawkish, saccharine attitude. I am not so far sunken into the quicksand of my own curmudgeonous-ness that I would begrudge my fellow man the Spirit of Good Will and Merry Valentines. But while my withering-on-the-vine middle agedness has not ...more
Jan 19, 2020 rated it it was ok
True confession: I have attitude about short stories. I either get invested and then it’s over too fast (rare), or because there’s so little time/space, you don’t get a full story or complete characters and I just feel cheated (far more often). I’ve read a few YA anthologies in the last several years that I’ve enjoyed more than I expected and where the majority of the stories are pretty strong. There was a winter/holiday one, a Halloween one, and a summer one. So I thought I’d give this one a ...more
Robert Kingett
Jan 07, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Writing a love story every year for friends may seem like a very boring book. But, OMG. The writing. The stories. It’s like having like 20 complete books all in one audiobook. The narrators were great, the writing was great. The stories made me feel all the feels. I just can’t say enough good things about this collection. I was initially worried that some of the stories were going to blend in together, but! Nope! Also, Two Boys Kissing is back in short story form. This made me cry. Just read ...more
Shannon Kitchens
Jan 17, 2020 is currently reading it
1. "Quiz Bowl Antichrist" - 4 stars - Very cute and I loved the line, "Because while the quiz bowlers were mawkish and awkward, the faculty advisors were downright weird, wearing their best suits from 1980 and beaming like they'd finally gone from zeros to heroes in their own massively revised high school years."

2. "Day 2934" - 4 stars - a poignant little story that would probably mean more if I'd ever read Every Day.

3. "The Good Girls" - 3 stars - I really resonate with this what I'm guessing
Nadia King
Jan 05, 2020 rated it really liked it
David Levithan has written a collection of short stories about love. Taken from letters he wrote to his friends on Valentines Day, the stories, while dealing with love, also focus on themes of self-acceptance, self-identity and coming-of-age. The stories explore power, sexuality and focus on marginalised groups. Highly recommended for readers who enjoy LGBTQIA+ literature. Thanks to Text Publishing for an advanced copy of this book which is due for release in Australia on 4 February - just in ...more
David Levithan is one of my favorite authors and I've been patiently waiting for his newest short story collection. Most of the stories in this collection I have read because I seek out any and all David Levithan work. This collection is spot on and I loved it.

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Jan 16, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A gorgeous collection of some faces and some new faces. Some autobiographical chapters. Some verse. An illustrative chapters. All of it love. I’m all its guises. It all matters. It’s all love. Regardless of who it is between. I love David Levithan and this was just great to read. I laughed and I cried.
Lydia Hephzibah
Jan 12, 2020 rated it really liked it
3.5 rounded up because queer stories (especially own voices queer stories) are so important, and I feel like this will be very impactful for the right readers! I'm not huge on short stories and thought they'd be connected, but there's no link between each one and half are fiction, half are non-fiction, which I wasn't expecting.
Jaclyn Hillis
Jan 17, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-audiobooks
Short stories aren't usually my thing, because I feel like I don't really get to know the characters in a shorter amount of time. David Levithan brings so many characters to life within these stories, and I felt like I really got to know him better because of them.
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Jan 11, 2020 is currently reading it
Reviewer #5
Jan 13, 2020 rated it it was amazing
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Jan 22, 2020 rated it liked it
3.5 stars, though the book contains some 5-star stories. Well worth reading! Beautiful observations about love, growing up, and being LGBT+.
Jan 15, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Most of these are 3-4 star stories, but track 5 and track 19 are 5 gold star MASTERPIECES and I really recommend trying to read them if you have a chance.
Jan 05, 2020 marked it as to-read
No one told me this was happening and I am currently freaking out. I'm so excited. Omg!
Jan 19, 2020 rated it really liked it
This was great! I usually find that short stories leave me wanting more but not this time. Each story was a new take on love and it was wonderful!
Leslie Basney
Some exceptional short stories and some not so much.
Caffeinated Fae
Beautiful. Everything about this book is beautiful.

Full review to come soon(ish).
Jan 17, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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David Levithan (born 1972) is an American children's book editor and award-winning author. He published his first YA book, Boy Meets Boy, in 2003. Levithan is also the founding editor of PUSH, a Young Adult imprint of Scholastic Press.

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