[Epub] ↠ Love is the Higher Law Author David Levithan – Sausageskinsuk.co.uk

Love is the Higher Law First There Is A Before, And Then There Is An After The Lives Of Three Teens Claire, Jasper, And Peter Are Altered Forever On September , Claire, A High School Junior, Has To Get To Her Younger Brother In His Classroom Jasper, A College Sopho From Brooklyn, Wakes To His Parents Frantic Calls From Korea, Wondering If He S Okay Peter, A Classmate Of Claire S, Has To Make His Way Back To School As Everything Happens Around HimHere Are Three Teens Whose Intertwining Lives Are Reshaped By This Catastrophic Event As Each Gets To Know The Other, Their Moments Become Wound Around Each Other S In A Way That Leads To New Understandings, New Friendships, And New Levels Of Awareness For The World Around Them And The People Close ByDavid Levithan Has Written A Novel Of Loss And Grief, But Also One Of Hope And Redemption As His Characters Slowly Learn To Move Forward In Their Lives, Despite Being Changed Forever


10 thoughts on “Love is the Higher Law

  1. says:

    I don t normally post a 9 11 related blog post on my blog, just because there s nothing I can say that hasn t already been said And even if I could say it differently, there s nothing I can say that would change the events of that day.But I read a book this year that changed my mind It s called LOVE IS THE HIGHER LAW, by David Levithan In the interests of full disclosure, I should mention that I both know and like David he s editor Mixtape and we work together on SHIVER I should also mention, however, that I know and like a lot of authors and yet I don t blog about a lot of books I m really picky and though I like a lot of books, I only blog about the books that I really love.I really love this book And here s why.It s about three teens experiences on the day of the attack, and how it changes them as people I have to admit I was really leery about reading a book about 9 11 I didn t want anything that was a maudlin, b manipulative, or c intensely depressing And I just didn t see how a 9 11 book could avoid all of those things But I thought, if anyone can pull it off, it s David his novels all have this very innocent, open quality to them.So I began to read And on page seven, my eyes teared up, and I thought here we go.But here we didn t.That was the first and last time my eyes watered in this book, because LOVE IS THE HIGHER LAW is not about reliving the horrors of 9 11 What can I say about it It s this incredibly inspiring, moving, and honest look at how something good can come out of something terrible David s love of New York City permeates the novel, and as a non New Yorker, it was wonderful to have a window into that world.And it was not a sad book Incredibly, it was everything that 9 11 was not Though as a writer I saw a ton of things that I would ve changed about the book remember this post about loving books that we had issues with yeah, this was one of them , all I could think after I closed the pages was what a buoyant mood I was in I was filled with faith in the ultimate good of people in the face of horror, and I, like the main characters, felt like I wanted to talk about where I was that day, how I felt, what changed.I did That night, I curled up with my husband in bed, lights off, and together we whispered back and forth what we remembered about 9 11 I still remember the exact place I was when I first heard the news on my car radio, not just the street I was on, not just the block I was driving through, but the distance from the curb and the quality of the light I remember the payphone that I called my now husband on as the ambulance he drove raced towards the Pentagon.Ultimately, what I loved about LOVE IS THE HIGHER LAW was the message that 9 11 was not for nothing if we let it change us for the better If we remain better versions of ourselves, the versions that reached out to strangers and felt part of something bigger, then it wasn t such a senseless, vicious tragedy, and it s something worth remembering.The title says it all if it s not true, it s what ought to be true.


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    This is my first Levithan novel I know is probably a surprise to some of you sorry Khy are you proud of me. I read one But I have to say I ll definitely be picking up his novels and even plan to do so in the near future, with Will Grayson, Will Grayson.Any way back to the novel at hand This novel really stuck a cord with me I honestly cried while reading most of it ok, i cried through the entire thing actually Thank god it wasn t all that long I guess I just remember that day all too well I like Jasper almost slept through the entire thing Not that I could have seen the towers from my house in Indiana, but I remember waking up around 9 o clock I had an exam that day I was a college freshman I got online and as soon as I did my Aunt told me to turn on the television I was home alone, both of my parents were at work for the day and my sisters were in school I turned on the television to a live news feed, right as the second plane hit the towers I still remember that image like it was yesterday I never would have commuted to school that day had I not had an exam The campus was deserted there were televisions on every floor in every building we took our exam and our professor excused us The rest of my classes were cancelled that day I remember the way the air felt that day it stood still If it was like that some 650 miles from New York I can t even imagine what it must have been like there.To watch it happen from the eyes of these three characters was almost too much I felt like I was right there with them I felt their confusion, their anxiety, their worry their despair I loved how every character had a distinct voice how they all dealt with the aftermath in the only way they knew how I loved watching their three different stories intertwined into one How in the end they were connected than they could have possibly fathomed.It was beautifully told, with an important message.And it s always an inspiration to be reminded of the goodness humanity is capable of.


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    September 11, 2001 It s impossible to forget that day We all have our memories of where we were, who we were with, who we suddenly needed to be with and wondering whether our world had been changed forever Following the tragedy of September 11, author David Levithan took all of these elements and wrote the moving novel LOVE IS THE HIGHER LAW Here is David s heartfelt letter which was included in the ARC copy Dear Reader,I ve never really used shorthand to describe one of my books before But from the very start, Love Is the Higher Law was the 9 11 book It s about much, much than 9 11 but it s also entirely about 9 11 I never really wanted to write a novel about it and then I found myself writing a novel about it Because I had to.Believe me, I ve seen the look on my friends faces when I ve talked about the 9 11 book They ve been very encouraging but many of them have had the same reaction I would have if one of my friends told me he was writing about 9 11 Sounds important and really, really depressing When am I going to be in the mood to read a 9 11 book Why go back to that time I understand Truly If you take that hesitation about reading a 9 11 book and multiply it by about a thousand, you ll probably get the trepidation an author feels about writing a 9 11 book.But here s the thing As time goes by, it s really easy to remember 9 11 and the days afterward as a time of tragedy, fear, grief, and loss Less easy to remember and even harder to convey is that it was amazing not just for the depth of that loss, but also for the heights of humanity that occurred The kindness The feeling of community The deepening of love and friendship It was a depressing time, for sure but it was also an inspiring time If you were an adult or a teen, you couldn t help but feel it And if you were just a child like most of today s teens were you might only remember the facts of it, not the feelings That s why I wrote this book it is, at heart, my small attempt to convey the heartbreak, surrealism, heroism, mourning, and music of that time.We all have 9 11 stories, and it s good for us to tell them I ve stopped trying to avoid calling this a 9 11 book it is what it is, and it has become much than I ever thought it could be I hope very much that you will read it.Thank you,David Levithan LOVE IS THE HIGHER LAW is the story of three New York teens Claire, Jasper and Peter who are brought together as a result of 9 11 And although the story is fictional, it provides a very real account of what those first moments and days were like.This book resonated with me on a personal level On the morning of September 11, I was in Dallas, Texas, in a work meeting with colleagues, one of whom had recently lost his wife to cancer and who had three children living and working in the vicinity of the world trade centre, including a son who worked in the trade centre itself Our world turned upside down our lives inside out There was fear, there was grief, there was confusion and there was doubt It was a dark and tragic time The next 48 hours were spent comforting our colleague and doing everything we could to track down his kids, make sure they were OK, and arrange transportation to get him back to New York as soon as possible On 9 11, thousands of people tragically died But millions came together in ways we never could have imagined and that is something that David Levithan brings out so well in his book There was love And kindness And a desire to make it through Because even when tragedy occurs, love is indeed the higher law.


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    I m kind of obsessed with 9 11 and it s obviously a touchy subject as well as a tear jerker, so I has great expectations for this book It was OK Just OK for me.At first, I either hated or didn t like the characters This changed a little as I read and I was, again, OK with them So, as you can guess, the story didn t grab me I had no intense feelings, and I wanted to, so bad


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    It is a very sensitive issue that the author tackles in this book There was no other event in the American history quite as shocking and horrifying as what happened during 9 11 After finishing it I realised that this topic is for many Americans what the topic of WWII is for Russians and this, in turn, made me understand a bit better why people feel so strongly about it and even become emotional myself.The events of 9 11 left the world shaken and this novel provides a view on the events of this day from the perspective of three very different teenagers who are connected by the horror of what had happened Three unique perspectives, three lives, families, before s and after s Wonderfully intertwined with just enough authenticity and no clich s, no repetitions of used motifs It is utterly unique, profound and moving The writing was, like usual, flawless and beautiful Levithan always manages to make his stories come alive, in this one it was especially obvious I must say that the beauty of the writing contributed a great deal to how I felt about the story itself It is an incredibly subtle and hopeful book which, rather than focusing on the horror and fear, focuses on the love and compassion On how the events, hopefully, changed people for the better On kinship, friendship, understanding, on so many important, beautiful sides of life And I am very glad that I have read it I was seven when 9 11 happened and lived half across the world in a small town in Ukraine, so you see, I didn t know much about event except for the rough outlines of what had happened and where But it didn t affect my own little world Until I moved to Germany and we discussed it in our English class Only then did I comprehend just how horrendous it had been and how much it had affected everyone You see, I don t want to say anything about the story itself for I have no desire to spoil the pleasure of reading All there remains to say is that it was deeply moving and I highly recommend it to everyone.


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    THIS WAS INCREDIBLE.WHY DOES NOBODY TALK ABOUT THIS.I can t even right now.Full review to come soon, I swear As soon as I stop thinking and crying about it.


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    Reviewed by Sally Kruger aka Readingjunky for TeensReadToo.comHuge thanks to the girl who sat next to me on the bus to Chicago from ALA She had this ARC in her hands when she boarded the bus for our 3 1 2 hour trip home, and she finished it by the time the trip was over When I asked how she liked it, she nodded, I believe, then swallowed a lump in her throat, and offered me the book Once again, thank you Do you remember where you were on 9 11 The characters in LOVE IS THE HIGHER LAW were all in New York City So was David Levithan, and that experience was inspiration for this book As Levithan points out in the Author s Note, many young people today may be too young to have first hand memories of that world changing day By reading the experiences of Jasper, Peter, and Claire, perhaps the emotions of that day and its aftermath can be experienced by readers in the years to come.As the book begins, each character shares where they were and what it was like at the moment Peter and Claire were affected immediately, while Jasper finds it difficult to admit that he slept through the actual attack and learned about it as he listened to Peter Jennings on the news.The personal experiences of the three become intertwined as the story continues All three are surprised at how directly they feel the emotions of the event The life they once took for granted, the city they ve always known as home, and the atmosphere surrounding them have them asking questions that have no real answers.David Levithan captures the unique yet universal feelings inspired by the event that touched us all Amidst the unanswered questions are feelings of greater appreciation for family and friends, the sympathy that goes out to those who lost and suffered most, and the human condition that connects the entire world.Unlike the teen who read the book in one sitting on the bus, I found the need to set it aside at times to sort through my own memories of that day and what has unfolded since The world is truly a different place, and I ve concluded I m not sure if it is for the better or worse Time will tell.


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    When it comes to Love Is the Higher Law, I hardly know where to begin Or, perhaps, when September 11, 2001 is a date ingrained in the memory of every person, regardless of whether or not they are American And yet, for us Americans, this date is so much Within the pages of this novel, David Levithan not only captures the horror, the fear, the utter astonishment that an event like 9 11 could have on a nation, but he also manages to convey the hope, the beauty, and the love that emerged during this time too What makes Levithan s novel such a poignant piece is not its subject matter, but rather the way in which it is written Everything about the novel is so subtle, telling a story of three teens, all who view the event of 9 11 in a different and gripping manner On every page is a simple sentence, one line, that conveys the weight and truth of this event It is a slim novel, but one that demands to be read slowly and savored, with each emotion creeping up inside you when you least expect it Claire, Jasper, and Peter are not fully actualized characters, though we see the recuperation of New York City through their eyes While they all share distinct voices, distinct character traits, and distinct flaws, this is not a story of them No Love Is the Higher Law is the story of New York and all its people With Claire, Jasper, and Peter, the trauma and hope, the strength that rises from the ashes of a fallen city, all of it is felt so acutely And, at the same time, just like how the magnitude of that day is still impossible to feel, this book is too If anything is clear from reading this novel, it is that David Levithan loves New York City With its bustle and its crowds, with its millions of people wandering selfishly with not a care for others, he brings this city to life and, most importantly, the goodness of the human heart Now, looking back nearly twelve years later, it is impossible to think of New York being this torn And yet not so impossible at all Even now, the remnants of 9 11 remain Ground Zero The shining height of the new Twin Towers Of a city rising once again, refusing to be trod upon A city, though once afraid, and perhaps still afraid, willing to face that fear Every day people walk into and out of New York City, remembering all the lives that were lost Every day people will walk into and out of the new World Trade Center, remembering all the people who used to work there, on those very same floor numbers With that remembrance, with that hope, we keep perseveringand what could we possibly ask for


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    It s been a couple years since I enjoyed a David Levithan novel, so it was nice to go back to this book which I first read when I was thirteen and remember why I used to like him so much This isn t a hard and fast rule, but in general with Levithan s books, the restrained he is, the better His weaker books tend to be the ones where he just lets loose with all his Levithan isms the wide eyed idealism, the political filibusters, the camp doofiness Those things aren t always bad, and they re all present here to some extent, but they re toned down here, and the novel is effective for it The voices here are reminiscent of a documentary in which witnesses to 9 11 tell their stories, and it s a very effective vehicle to explore the collective trauma that followed the event My only real problem with this book is that the three perspectives didn t have distinct enough voices Other than that, this was a good, concise book about how 9 11 affected New York and the people in it it s one of Levithan s very best novels.


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    This is a difficult book to rate with stars I liked so many things about it how one of the most traumatic events of this generation was explored, and yet the book was not dramatic itself, how through three teens perspectives the profound effects of 9 11 were pondered and reflected upon, and the relationships that formed between the characters themselves The only change I would have made was making the book about the characters their voices were authentic, and filled with wisdom people their age do not usually possess Yet they seemed a little flat in the sense I could not fully empathize with them, even through what they had witnessed.3.5 stars Probably my favorite novel by David Levithan so far.


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