The Realm of Possibility by David Levithan
Published by: Ember
Genres: Young Adult, Poetry, Romance, Contemporary, LGBTQIA+, Realistic Fiction
Date Read: 23/04/16
Links: Goodreads | Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Author’s Website
One school. Twenty voices. Endless possibilities. 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.
Written entirely in verse, The Realm of Possibility was a surprisingly enlightening read. I didn’t know this novel was written in verse when I borrowed it from my library, but no matter, I love the format and David Levithan certainly has solid poetry-writing skills. This is a collection of 20 stories told by the students of the same school, each written in its distinct voice and style. The Realm of Possibility tells you the thoughts and feelings of different people, and how their lives intertwine.
These stories and lives are interconnected in very interesting and often unconventional ways. All of the poems in this book were entertaining but obviously, some I like more than others. Some of the stories as short as they are, were really memorable. I can see myself re-reading some of them in the future.
Despite its enjoyability, there was also a lot of confusion for me. I sometimes struggled to understand who was speaking, as the names of the characters were printed at the start of each section, rather than above each chapter. There were so many characters that as the book went on, it could be a little confusing trying to remember who was who. While I was reading, each voice was distinctive and I grew to associate them with different things, but I had issues distinguishing them from one another outside of their individual chapters. You have love interests, enemies and friends and to be honest keeping up with it all was a bit puzzling. Aside from this though, it was interesting to see how many different personalities were at the school, each with a story to tell.