Love Is the Higher Law by David Levithan

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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 11, 2001. Claire, a high school junior, has to get to her younger brother in his classroom. Jasper, a college sophomore 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 him.

Here 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 by.

David 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.


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About David Levithan

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DAVID LEVITHAN is the author of many acclaimed novels, some of them solo works, some of them collaborations. His solo novels include Boy Meets Boy; The Realm of Possibility; Are We There Yet?; How They Met, and Other Stories; Wide Awake; Love Is the Higher Law; and The Lover’s Dictionary. His collaborations include Will Grayson, Will Grayson (written with John Green), Marly’s Ghost (illustrated by Brian Selznick), and Every You, Every Me (with photographs by Jonathan Farmer), as well as three novels written with Rachel Cohn: Nick & Norah’s Infinite Playlist, Naomi and Ely’s No Kiss List, and Dash & Lily’s Book of Dares. He lives in Hoboken, New Jersey, and spends his days in New York City, editing and publishing other people’s books. You can learn more about him at davidlevithan.com.
 
Published August 19, 2009 by Knopf Books for Young Readers. 178 pages
Genres: Political & Social Sciences, Young Adult, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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The characters feel current within the historical setting, but the music and film references read more like 30-something ephemera instead of 2001 teen culture.

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Levithan (How They Met, and Other Stories ) successfully takes on the task of writing a 9/11 novel that captures the heartbreak of the events of that day through the eyes of three teenagers.

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Author David Levithan’s young adult novel, ‘Love Is the Higher Law,’ is a story of three New York teens who are brought together as a result of 9/11.

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BookPage

Teen readers, just children on 9/11, may remember the facts from watching them on television, but Love Is the Higher Law relates the emotions of that day, defined by Before and After, and how we all began living in the After that rocked the world.

Apr 22 2015 | Read Full Review of Love Is the Higher Law

Teen Reads

On 9/11, all the hatred and murder could not compare with the weight of love, of bravery, of caring.”As in many of Levithan’s novels, music serves an important function here, as music fan Peter gets up the courage to attend a rock concert just a week after 9/11 and as he and Claire join the “cong...

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Teen readers, just children on 9/11, may remember the facts from watching them on television, but Love Is the Higher Law relates the emotions of that day, defined by Before and After, and how we all began living in the After that rocked the world.

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