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‘The Realm of Possibility,’ by David Levithan

December 15, 2009

I snagged this book for $0.50 from my library’s used book sale. I’d seen the title, but I hadn’t heard a thing about it. Given that it’s written by David Levithan, whose writing I thoroughly enjoyed in “Nick & Nora’s Infinite Playlist” and “Naomi & Ely’s No Kiss List,” (and that amazing price), I figured I couldn’t go wrong.

I’d be lying if I didn’t say the verse format in which it’s written didn’t make me choke a bit. I’ve never been a fan of poetry, but I decided to strap on my big-girl panties and climb outside of my comfort zone full of prose.

This book actually has a lot of “different” going for it. Along with the poetry, readers get 20 different narrators, loosely tied together by the laces that intertwine lives of acquaintances, neighbors, friends, siblings and classmates.

I’m a girl who loves nothing more than a single character I get to know through hundreds and hundreds (or even better, thousands and thousands) of pages, so I got a bit antsy when I figured out that I’d only be spending a few pages with each character.

Surprising enough, the reader does get to know each character fairly well, both through their own sections and through those of the people to which they’re connected. Some characters make slight cameos and some are the main subject of another’s section.

Overall, the book does an amazing job of linking such different people through something we all know similarly – possibilities.

I know I really enjoy a book when I find myself committing to memory (or at least grabbing markers to slip into pages for coming back to later) sentences or full paragraphs that truly speak to me. Sometimes it’s a lesson from the book, some sort of revelation that helps me understand life that much more. Sometimes it’s seeing my own feelings shoot back at me through someone else’s words. This book had no shortage of words I want to remember.

Up next: “Love Is The Higher Law,” by David Levithan

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  1. December 15, 2009 7:07 pm

    My favorite thing about David Levithan is his ability to put my feelings into words in a way I was never able to articulate.

    Still haven’t read this one, but it’s on my list.

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