The Realm of Possibility by David Levithan

The Realm of Possibility by David Levithan


Levithan, David. The Realm of Possibility. 2006. Alfred A. Knopf. 978-0375836572 pp. $

Hello everyone! I did nothing this past weekend but read YA books for the Popular Paperbacks Committee (will it never end?), except for allowing myself one non-committee read. I must therefore gush about David Levithan’s newish book The Realm of Possibility. I was a huge fan of Boy Meets Boy (soooo cute!), and I wasn’t sure if his latest prose poetry collection would be more schmoopy goodness or instead be a disappointment and pretentious. While it is occasionally pretentious, it is so in the way that teen poets are, so I didn’t really mind. I loved some of his ideas, and his celebrations of all kinds of relationships. Unlike Boy Meets Boy, this world is basically our own (instead of a world to aim for), and all of the heartbreak, awkwardness, and contemplation is spot on. And, as is necessary with poetry, there are some excellent lines and lingering images.

Also, just as a note, one of my favorites from the Fairy Tales list we’ve been working on is Nobody’s Son by Sean Stewart — excellent fairy tale from the point of view of the hero (a rare occurrence in these tales), and explores just what happens after the low-born hero gets the youngest daughter of the King’s hand in marriage. Shielder’s Mark, our hero, is happy in gruffness and common attitude, but is terribly out of his depth at court, intrigues and all. Also, though he’s defeated the curse and freed the land from a gloomy curse, he may have set something else loose in the process. Good stuff.

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