The Realm of Possibility by David Levithan
Publication: August 10th, 2004
Read: January 2018
5/5 Caffeinated Stars
“One school. Twenty voices.
There’s the girl who is in love with Holden Caulfield. The boy who wants to be strong who falls for the girl who’s convinced she needs to be weak. The girl who writes love songs for a girl she can’t have. The two boys teetering on the brink of their first anniversary. And everyone in between.
As he did in the highly acclaimed Boy Meets Boy, David Levithan gives us a world of unforgettable voices that readers will want to visit again and again. It’s the realm of possibility open to us all – where love, joy, and the stories we tell will linger.” – Description taken from goodreads.
What I Thought:
It’s become a tradition to read this book at the beginning of every year. First off, this book saved my life. It’s hard to admit but during my freshman year of college I was suicidal. It was second semester of my freshman year and I’ve lost most of my friends because of my depression. I can’t blame them. I was depressed and they didn’t know how to help me so they shunned me. Luckily, I had one friend who stuck with me through thick and thin. It was a couple weeks into second semester and that friend handed me this book and told me to read it. Now, most people who know me know that I HATE being told to read a book. Fortunately, that day I was dragged to a basketball game so I brought the book along. I read this 107 page book by the time the game was over. I devoured this book. Tears were shed, and my life was changed.
“Being a bitch is easy. It’s finding the alternative that’s hard.”
The Realm of Possibility is filled with quirky writing styles that mimic what you would find in the diary of a high schooler. I loved it. It did take me awhile to get used to words not capitalized in some chapters and no punctuation in other chapters. It was unique and beautifully thought out. The quirks in the writing just enhanced how intertwined and connected this book is. You feel like you are truly reading 20 different diary entries by 20 different high schoolers. It’s glorious.
“Run outside during a thunderstorm
That downpour, that conquered hesitation, that exhilaration
That’s what unlonely is like”
Each character is unique and complex. David Levithan has a way with creating characters. In just a chapter he makes you feel like they’re some of your closest friends. I know I personally relate to Charlotte & a bit to Cara. I’m not telling you why. You’ll have to read the book to see. The thing that I love the most about this book is that everyone will be able to relate to at least one character. If you’re the popular kid, you will relate to someone. If you’re that kid that is bullied, you will relate to someone. There are 20 different characters and you will be able to relate to at least one of them.
“I’ve lost track of where friendship ends and falling begins.”
This book quickly became my favorite novel and David Levithan is now one of my favorite authors. No matter when i read this book, I find something new to fall in love with. I have so many quotes written down from this book and I cannot wait to find more the next time I read it. I was lucky enough to meet David Levithan when he came into town many years ago, my signed copy of this book is something that I will forever treasure.
“I can’t pretend to know what love is. It just is.”
I will continue to recommend this book to everyone.
This too shall linger…