The Realm of Possibility

Levithan, David

Book - 2004
Average Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5.
The Realm of Possibility
A variety of students at the same high school describe their ideas, experiences, and relationships in a series of interconnected free verse stories.

Publisher: New York : Knopf : Distributed by Random House, c2004.
ISBN: 0375828451
Characteristics: 210 p. ;,22 cm.


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Nov 04, 2014
  • TeenLibrarianBookReviews rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

The Realm of Possibility by David Levithan
Read by: Anna/Boston Public Library
Originally posted to the Teen Blog on 5/15/2013.

This is the stories of multiple teens struggling to find themselves and figure out who they are in the world. It’s told from their multiple points of view in poem and song lyric formats.

This was an interesting read for me because I wasn’t expecting it to be in poetry format. I was expecting a novel. On the other hand, I really enjoyed the way these stories were told. Each poem and song interwove themselves seemlessly with each of the others. Some responded to what had happened in other poems, some wrote their poems to another person who had a poem in the book. It was a unique take on writing a book in verse. Obviously, each person who “wrote” a poem was a character that came from David Levithan’s head, but he did a really great job with the characterizations and making each one as unique as the next. The first poem and the last poem are connected, which was a nice circle back to the beginning once you got to the end. I really felt that the emotions of the teens he was writing about were clearly stated, or were just as confusing for the reader sometimes as they can be for teens in real life. It was realistically done, and a book I would highly recommend to anyone who enjoys stories told in this fashion or thinks they would like to try one for the first time. The fact that some of the characters are gay is not stated in such a way as to hit the reader over the head with it, and there are some who appear straight. Some are lesbian. There is a good mix of characters and experiences to round out the story over all.

Jul 08, 2014
  • CenturysEnigma rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

I loved how David Levithan wrote about many aspects of a teenager's life, like love, sex, friendship, change, family, and reputation. It was such a good read!

Apr 30, 2014

This is a really great book of short stories that are not only thoughtful, but the author is good at conveying how his characters feel at every event he writes them in. I would recommend this book for its writing.

Aug 23, 2013
  • trishhh17 rated this: 2 stars out of 5.

It is safe to say that the best book that I've read of Levithan is Everyday because of the writting style, story and the fact that I feel a sense of attachment with the characters. I am not used in reading books like this where there were so many characters and different people that when the point you read the story of the first character you would feel an attachment but since it changes through the whole book you sometimes forget which character is being talked about. If you like books like this where there were poems and songs inside this is the book for you.

Sep 03, 2012
  • art1130 rated this: 2.5 stars out of 5.

I'm a huge fan of Levithan but this work i felt did'nt measure up with his other novels. It was alittle boring i felt and i kept becoming confused with the different characters. There were two plot stories that i enjoyed (anorexia, goth girl writing on the desk) but the others i felt were dull. I highly surgest reading his other works if you felt left down with this one.

Sep 16, 2011
  • mbattie94 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Totally cute and touching! Very fun and fast paced as it is from 20 different perspectives in various unique styles. So much better then Wide Awake by David Levithan but not as good as Boy Meets Boy but still a good read.

Feb 20, 2011
  • ChocolateChips rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

One of my favourite books. It touches on so many aspects of the teen experience--friendship, romance, sex, loss--in touching, respectful and beautiful ways. It's also a great intellectual challenge to sort out the social web of the various speakers. A book I hope to read over and over again.

Jan 05, 2011

This was a fantastic read! Telling the characters' stories through poetry and song lyrics was refreshing! It is somewhat confusing to find the connections between them at first, and an adjustment from reading regular prose, but the honesty in the stanzas was compelling. I liked it a lot!

Mar 13, 2010

Grade 9 - 12


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Nov 04, 2014
  • TeenLibrarianBookReviews rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

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Sep 24, 2012
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Feb 20, 2011
  • ChocolateChips rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

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