19 Love Songs
The New York Times bestselling author of Every Day, Someday, and Two Boys Kissing is back with a short story collection about love--perfect for Valentine's Day or year-round reading! A resentful member of a high school Quiz Bowl team with an unrequited crush.A Valentine's Day in the life of Every Day's protagonist "A."A return to the characters of Two Boys Kissing.19 Love Songs, from New York Times bestselling author David Levithan, delivers all of these stories and more. Born from Levithan's tradition of writing a story for his friends each Valentine's Day, this collection brings all of them to his readers for the first time. With fiction, nonfiction, and a story in verse, there's something for every reader here.Witty, romantic, and honest, teens (and adults) will come to this collection not only on Valentine's Day, but all year round.

19 Love Songs Details

Title19 Love Songs
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseJan 7th, 2020
PublisherPenguin Random House
ISBN-139780593154069
Rating
GenreShort Stories, Romance, LGBT, Young Adult, Fiction

19 Love Songs Review

  • Tucker
    January 1, 1970
    why aren't more people freaking out about this?
  • Andrew
    January 1, 1970
    Every Valentine's Day, Levithan writes a short story to send to his dear friends. I've heard about this for years, and finally, some of those Valentine stories are released and included in this collection! All sorts of love in these nineteen stories are explored; romantic, familial, true friendships... a portion of them being tales from his own life. Each story, whether one I've read before or not, warmed my emotional insides. His signature soft, poetic way of phrasing mood and experiences will Every Valentine's Day, Levithan writes a short story to send to his dear friends. I've heard about this for years, and finally, some of those Valentine stories are released and included in this collection! All sorts of love in these nineteen stories are explored; romantic, familial, true friendships... a portion of them being tales from his own life. Each story, whether one I've read before or not, warmed my emotional insides. His signature soft, poetic way of phrasing mood and experiences will always be one of a kind.
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  • Katsumi
    January 1, 1970
    Umm, EXCUSE ME, but why did no one tell me David Levithan has a new book coming out Umm, EXCUSE ME, but why did no one tell me David Levithan has a new book coming out 😤
  • Sophie_The_Jedi_Knight
    January 1, 1970
    1/17/20:THIS HAS A IN IT.I FREAKING CHOKED.I mean, I haven't read Someday yet... I know, I'm just not ready... aagh. I'll do it. I'll have to read Someday before this so I can read this on Valentine's Day.But... still...I love Every Day so much.Really pumped for this.
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  • Wild
    January 1, 1970
    I CAN'T BELIEVE I DIDN'T KNEW ABOUT THIS BEFORE!!!! WE GET MORE TWO BOYS KISSING STORIES MY DREAM HAS COME TRUE!!
  • Erin
    January 1, 1970
    This is such a beautiful book. These stories are lovely, they're charming, they're gentle and loving and good. Every single one of these stories was something heartwrenching in the most wonderful possible way.
  • MMill
    January 1, 1970
    True confession: I have attitude about short stories. I either get invested and then it’s over too fast (rare), or because there’s so little time/space, you don’t get a full story or complete characters and I just feel cheated (far more often). I’ve read a few YA anthologies in the last several years that I’ve enjoyed more than I expected and where the majority of the stories are pretty strong. There was a winter/holiday one, a Halloween one, and a summer one. So I thought I’d give this one a True confession: I have attitude about short stories. I either get invested and then it’s over too fast (rare), or because there’s so little time/space, you don’t get a full story or complete characters and I just feel cheated (far more often). I’ve read a few YA anthologies in the last several years that I’ve enjoyed more than I expected and where the majority of the stories are pretty strong. There was a winter/holiday one, a Halloween one, and a summer one. So I thought I’d give this one a try, thinking it was centered around Valentine’s Day and knowing that I often enjoy Levithan’s writing.But this one didn’t work for me. I discovered that he has a yearly tradition of writing a story for his friends on V-Day, and that’s where a lot of these came from. And maybe they made sense to his friends because they spoke to shared experiences or private jokes, but I was pretty lost throughout. My favorites were the Every Day story and the one that was actually a Christmas tale that came from the Winter anthology I mentioned. The rest were a mixed bag of angsty conversations and epiphanies, and none of those were all that interesting to me. Still, Levithan sure does have a way with words. I kind of wish I was one of his friends so the stories would be more meaningful to me.
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  • Carly Bohach
    January 1, 1970
    I went back in forth about how many stars to give this. When the stories were great, they were really great! The others just fell short for me. I've loved Levithan since Two Boys Kissing. He writing is wonderful and thoughtful.
  • Samantharia
    January 1, 1970
    I always have a really hard time reviewing Levithans books, which is why, for the most part, I just't don't do it. They just always seem so real and get to me in a very personal way. I couldn't possible express these emotions in the right way. On top of that there are some (really beautifully written) autobiographic stories in "19 Love Songs" as well. They were extremely enjoyable and (at least to me) felt like actually listening to David Levithan and not just reading about his life. But that I always have a really hard time reviewing Levithans books, which is why, for the most part, I just't don't do it. They just always seem so real and get to me in a very personal way. I couldn't possible express these emotions in the right way. On top of that there are some (really beautifully written) autobiographic stories in "19 Love Songs" as well. They were extremely enjoyable and (at least to me) felt like actually listening to David Levithan and not just reading about his life. But that makes it a bit weird to judge because you can't really rate someone elses life, right?Overall this was definitely a 5-star-read for me (like most of Levithans books).Some parts were cute, some were sad, some were funny (I'm talking about you, page 163).I couldn't choose a favourite story if my life depended on it, but I would say that the last 20 pages had the biggest impact on me. Obviously som stories were a bit more forgettable than others, but I enjoyed every last one of them.I always get a bit sad when I read a negative review for one of my favourite books. But especially with David Levithans works I never really understood them. His writing style, the characters, the messages he conveys... everything is so sad and funny and positive and thoughtful all at the same time. You always finish his books and feel less alone. I guess this is why this anthology is so awesome: you don't only get one story ending but instead 19. Before I come to end I obviously need to mention the representation: Not only does it include gay, lesbian and transgender people but there's also a good chunk of jewish representation (yes, there's also gay jews). So yeah, I guess uhm read this. now. Oh and there's a "Two Boys Kissing" story which is my favourite book of all time so uhm YES I FANGIRLED A LOT OK AVERY IS AN ABSOLUTE ANGEL I LOVE HIM OK BYE
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  • Danielle
    January 1, 1970
    1 Quiz Bowl Antichrist lgbtq 3 Geektastic: Stories from the Nerd Herd2 Day 2934 - like every day 2-3 Every Day3 The Good Girls 3 autobiographical?Girls Who Like Boys Who Like Boys: True Tales of Love, Lust, and Friendship Between Straight Women and Gay Men4 The Quarterback and the Cheerleader boy meets boy Boy Meets Boy5 The Mulberry Branch6 Your Temporary Santa My True Love Gave to Me: Twelve Holiday Stories7 Storytime8 A Better Writer9 8-Song Memoir10 Snow Day11 The Woods12 A Brief History of 1 Quiz Bowl Antichrist lgbtq 3 Geektastic: Stories from the Nerd Herd2 Day 2934 - like every day 2-3 Every Day3 The Good Girls 3 autobiographical?Girls Who Like Boys Who Like Boys: True Tales of Love, Lust, and Friendship Between Straight Women and Gay Men4 The Quarterback and the Cheerleader boy meets boy Boy Meets Boy5 The Mulberry Branch6 Your Temporary Santa My True Love Gave to Me: Twelve Holiday Stories7 Storytime8 A Better Writer9 8-Song Memoir10 Snow Day11 The Woods12 A Brief History of First Kisses13 As the Philadelphia Queer Youth Choir Sings Katy Perry's "Firework"?14 The Vulnerable Hours15 Twelve Months16 The Hold17 How My Parents Met18 We19 Give Them Words
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  • Rebecca
    January 1, 1970
    A well-known ya author compiles a 19-track mixtape. Each far too long to get any radio playBut seriously, Levithan’s collection of Valentine’s-inspired stories is a gorgeous exploration of all types of love.Born from his annual tradition of celebrating the holiday by sharing stories with friends, it presents a satisfying blend of familiar and new faces—and fiction, verse, and memoir. If I’m being totally honest, not every one was for me. But that’s what makes this collection so special. It feels A well-known ya author compiles a 19-track mixtape. Each far too long to get any radio play✨✨But seriously, Levithan’s collection of Valentine’s-inspired stories is a gorgeous exploration of all types of love.💕Born from his annual tradition of celebrating the holiday by sharing stories with friends, it presents a satisfying blend of familiar and new faces—and fiction, verse, and memoir.🎶 If I’m being totally honest, not every one was for me. But that’s what makes this collection so special. It feels like listening to an album the first time through. Not every song is going to grab you. But when one does…oh man. You’ll want to play it over and over until the lyrics become old friends. 🎧Definitely worth giving this one a shot.
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  • Robert Kingett
    January 1, 1970
    Writing a love story every year for friends may seem like a very boring book. But, OMG. The writing. The stories. It’s like having like 20 complete books all in one audiobook. The narrators were great, the writing was great. The stories made me feel all the feels. I just can’t say enough good things about this collection. I was initially worried that some of the stories were going to blend in together, but! Nope! Also, Two Boys Kissing is back in short story form. This made me cry. Just read Writing a love story every year for friends may seem like a very boring book. But, OMG. The writing. The stories. It’s like having like 20 complete books all in one audiobook. The narrators were great, the writing was great. The stories made me feel all the feels. I just can’t say enough good things about this collection. I was initially worried that some of the stories were going to blend in together, but! Nope! Also, Two Boys Kissing is back in short story form. This made me cry. Just read this thing. I’m amazed it hasn’t gotten as many reviews yet. This is a really solid book. One readers can get emotionally invested. Very good!
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  • Shannon Kitchens
    January 1, 1970
    1. "Quiz Bowl Antichrist" - 4 stars - Very cute and I loved the line, "Because while the quiz bowlers were mawkish and awkward, the faculty advisors were downright weird, wearing their best suits from 1980 and beaming like they'd finally gone from zeros to heroes in their own massively revised high school years."2. "Day 2934" - 4 stars - a poignant little story that would probably mean more if I'd ever read Every Day.3. "The Good Girls" - 3 stars - I really resonate with this what I'm guessing 1. "Quiz Bowl Antichrist" - 4 stars - Very cute and I loved the line, "Because while the quiz bowlers were mawkish and awkward, the faculty advisors were downright weird, wearing their best suits from 1980 and beaming like they'd finally gone from zeros to heroes in their own massively revised high school years."2. "Day 2934" - 4 stars - a poignant little story that would probably mean more if I'd ever read Every Day.3. "The Good Girls" - 3 stars - I really resonate with this what I'm guessing is an autobiographical little story about the boy who hung out with the good girls. I was 100% a good girl.
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  • Nadia King
    January 1, 1970
    David Levithan has written a collection of short stories about love. Taken from letters he wrote to his friends on Valentines Day, the stories, while dealing with love, also focus on themes of self-acceptance, self-identity and coming-of-age. The stories explore power, sexuality and focus on marginalised groups. Highly recommended for readers who enjoy LGBTQIA+ literature. Thanks to Text Publishing for an advanced copy of this book which is due for release in Australia on 4 February - just in David Levithan has written a collection of short stories about love. Taken from letters he wrote to his friends on Valentines Day, the stories, while dealing with love, also focus on themes of self-acceptance, self-identity and coming-of-age. The stories explore power, sexuality and focus on marginalised groups. Highly recommended for readers who enjoy LGBTQIA+ literature. Thanks to Text Publishing for an advanced copy of this book which is due for release in Australia on 4 February - just in time for Valentines Day!
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  • Maddie
    January 1, 1970
    A collection of love stories written by David Levithan. Born out of Levithan's tradition of writing a story for his friends every Valentines day. Some are written in verse, some are true stories and some are not. Because of this there is a story here for everyone. I didn't love every single story, but I enjoyed them as a group of stories. Though I absolutely loved The Vulnerable Hours (Track 14). I'd recommend this to anyone who's enjoyed Levithan's work in the past or is looking for a love A collection of love stories written by David Levithan. Born out of Levithan's tradition of writing a story for his friends every Valentines day. Some are written in verse, some are true stories and some are not. Because of this there is a story here for everyone. I didn't love every single story, but I enjoyed them as a group of stories. Though I absolutely loved The Vulnerable Hours (Track 14). I'd recommend this to anyone who's enjoyed Levithan's work in the past or is looking for a love story.
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  • Steph
    January 1, 1970
    A gorgeous collection of some faces and some new faces. Some autobiographical chapters. Some verse. An illustrative chapters. All of it love. I’m all its guises. It all matters. It’s all love. Regardless of who it is between. I love David Levithan and this was just great to read. I laughed and I cried.
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  • Erica
    January 1, 1970
    David Levithan is one of my favorites but as per always, I am usually not a fan of essays or collections of short stories and that was also the case here. Some of the stories were good. Others...eh not so much. I do think it’s the perfect read for this time of year as we approach Valentine’s Day, though!
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  • Lydia Hephzibah
    January 1, 1970
    3.5 rounded up because queer stories (especially own voices queer stories) are so important, and I feel like this will be very impactful for the right readers! I'm not huge on short stories and thought they'd be connected, but there's no link between each one and half are fiction, half are non-fiction, which I wasn't expecting.
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  • Jaclyn Hillis
    January 1, 1970
    Short stories aren't usually my thing, because I feel like I don't really get to know the characters in a shorter amount of time. David Levithan brings so many characters to life within these stories, and I felt like I really got to know him better because of them.
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  • Olivia Bragg
    January 1, 1970
    Writing style wise this was well written. Creativity wise this was pretty boring. There were only about 3 stories out of all of these that really caught my attention. Overall could be better considering how good i know david levithan can be
  • ChrisVigilante
    January 1, 1970
    No one told me this was happening and I am currently freaking out. I'm so excited. Omg!
  • Great Books
    January 1, 1970
    Reviewer #5
  • Taylor
    January 1, 1970
    Incredible.
  • Gabie (OwlEyesReviews)
    January 1, 1970
    3.5/5 stars.Super cute. I’m not surprised with David Levithan.
  • Suzanne Paul
    January 1, 1970
    A couple of the stories were good.
  • EG
    January 1, 1970
    3.5 stars, though the book contains some 5-star stories. Well worth reading! Beautiful observations about love, growing up, and being LGBT+.
  • Caroline
    January 1, 1970
    Most of these are 3-4 star stories, but track 5 and track 19 are 5 gold star MASTERPIECES and I really recommend trying to read them if you have a chance.
  • Caffeinated Fae
    January 1, 1970
    Beautiful. Everything about this book is beautiful. Full review to come soon(ish).
  • Leslie Basney
    January 1, 1970
    Some exceptional short stories and some not so much.
  • Erica
    January 1, 1970
    David Levithan's pretentious writing just does not speak to me the way it did in high school
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