Quotation Response Journal for Two Boys Kissing by David Leviathan
Quotation #1 from page 4: “It was an exquisite irony: Just when we stopped wanting to kill ourselves, we started to die. Just when we were feeling strength, it was taken from us. This should not happen to you. Adults can talk all they want about youth feeling invincible. Surely, some of us had that bravado. But there was also the dark inner voice telling us we were doomed. And then we were doomed. And then we weren’t. You should never feel doomed.”
Response to Quotation #1: Leviathan is speaking about the gays of the past starting to die of AIDS, but this quotation goes far beyond speaking of the past generations of homosexuals. We all have a dark inner voice as teenagers that tell us that we are not good enough or that something is wrong with us. We all think we are doomed at one point in our lives. Leviathan is speaking to the homosexuals of this generation and telling them that they should never feel like they are doomed or that there is something wrong with them.
Quotation #2 from page 70: “Max is a marvel to us. He will never have to come out because he will never have been kept in. Even though he has a mom and a dad, they made sure from the beginning to tell him that it didn’t have to be a mom and a dad. It could be a mom and a mom, a dad and a dad, just a mom, or just a dad.When Max’s early affection became clear, he didn’t think twice about them. He doesn’t see it as defining him. It is just part of his definition.”
Response to Quotation #2: David Leviathan presents how far we have come as a society by showing the reader Max, who has not been taught to define and label himself by his sexual orientation. Max bewilders the gays of past generations because they had never seen this kind of acceptance of who they were. Leviathan shows that being gay does not define a person. I think, in a way, Leviathan is hoping that we all raise our children not to label others or themselves. Max does not see two boys kissing as something strange; he is open-minded to homosexuality. I was really inspired by this quote because I believe that, with more education, we can all live in a world where sexual orientation is not used as a label to define people.
Quotation #3 from page 84: “There are all these moments you don’t think you will survive. And then you survive.”
Response to Quotation #3: This is a simple quote that filled me with inspiration. There have been a lot of things in my life (and I believe everyone’s lives) that I did not think I would survive. And yet I am still here, and I always came out on top. Our teenage years are a bit dramatic; we think that everything is the end. To us, some things emotionally are the end of us. Emotionally, some things in our teen years kill us. But we keep surviving; we have to keep surviving. Leviathan encourages us to keep surviving despite the things we do not think we can overcome. I really enjoyed how simply stated this powerful quotation was.
Quotation #4 from page 196: “Cooper will live to meet his future self. You should all live to meet your future selves. We saw our friends die. But we also see our friends live. So many of them live, and we often toast their long and full lives. They carry us on. There is the sudden. There is the eventual. And in between,, there is the living. We do not start as dust. We do not end as dust. We make more than dust. That’s all we ask of you. Make more than dust.”
Response to Quotation #5: Again, Leviathan encourages the reader to keep living despite the bad things in our lives. He asks us to make more of our lives, to fall in love and experience our lives. He wants us to be more than just alive; we have to enjoy life. Do not just make dust with your death; make your life more than dust. This is a very inspirational quote because Leviathan encourages us to live. I believe inspirational books like this help teenagers who are going through troubles to work themselves out of the darkness.