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Love Is the Higher Law

Levithan, David (Book - 2009 )
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
Love Is the Higher Law

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Three New York City teens express their reactions to the bombing of the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001, and its impact on their lives and the world.
Authors: Levithan, David
Title: Love is the higher law
Publisher: New York : Alfred A. Knopf, c2009.
Edition: 1st ed.
Characteristics: 167 p. ;,22 cm.
Summary: Three New York City teens express their reactions to the bombing of the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001, and its impact on their lives and the world.
Audience: 920
Local Note: Accelerated Reader AR 54 10060
ISBN: 9780375834691
Statement of Responsibility: David Levithan
Study Program: Accelerated Reader AR UG 5.4 6.0 Quiz: 132886.
Subject Headings: New York (N.Y.) Fiction. World politics 1995-2005 Fiction. Gay youth Fiction. Homosexuality Fiction. Interpersonal relations Fiction. September 11 Terrorist Attacks, 2001 Fiction. September 11 Terrorist Attacks, 2001 Juvenile fiction.
Topical Term: World politics
Gay youth
Interpersonal relations
September 11 Terrorist Attacks, 2001
September 11 Terrorist Attacks, 2001
LCCN: 2008040886
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Jul 09, 2014
  • CenturysEnigma rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

This book was an excellent combination of love, friendship, experience, family, and everything else relevant to teenagers of NYC. As a 17 year old reading this book describing an event that occurred when I was 8, it was enormously helpful in understanding the impact of such an important event on all New Yorkers, especially teenagers.

Aug 09, 2011
  • dprodrig rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

I remember the bombing of the world trade centre - it was such, what? moment. You just couldn't conceive of the possibility of such a thing happening and it really brought the entire continent to a freeze. I was afraid to read this book as I didn't know exactly how the topic was going to be handled, and it was handled beautifully, with truth and with ease. A great read.

Jul 12, 2011
  • ReadingintheCorner rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

I really like the perspecive, or perspectives, used in this book. I really like how it focuses on the emotions related to 9/11; on how it affected people.
True, this book isn't very long and is a quick read, but it's worth every moment you spend reading it.

Jul 07, 2011
  • Yahong_Chi rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

It's impressive, really, how well David Levithan gets us to know his characters, because the novel is short. I suppose that's what happens when your protags are consistently ruminating, trying to figure out the whats and whys and hows of some of life's larger questions.

Claire is sweet and thoughtful. Her long thinking-out-loud spiels make her extremely easy to relate to, because she's just like you: a teen wondering about everything, ever wondering. Jasper's more prickly, but the way Levithan shatters stereotypes with a gay Korean character ("They always figure you want to talk about math. Or the violin.") won me over. And Peter is plain adorable, a guy who lives through music and doesn't capitalize and seems almost naive. The attraction between Jasper and Peter feels so real that even I could see the allure of a same-sex partner.

The various settings throughout related to 9/11 were eye-opening. Ground Zero and Central Park make for excellent backdrops to the characters' discussions. There's less talk of life and death and more of humankind in gerenal, which was surprising but also a relief. Levithan finishes on an intriguing note which may depress some readers, but Love Is The Higher Law is ultimately a fulfilling story.

Sep 23, 2009
  • ONEataTIME rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

Originally, I was going to pass on this title but eventually decided to try this novel. It is such an amazing novel with a poignant story line. It is not a hard core romance between two guys because it switches between the view points pf three teens (2 boys and 1 girl) whose lives were affected by 9/11. I recommend this book to anyone wanting a novel that will make one understand a new meaning of life or event.


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