Alfred A. Knopf

May 2006


224p pb

ISBN: 978-0375836572

fp August 2004

The Realm Of Possibility

David Levithan

from the book...

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.

If you have read this verse novel and would like to share your opinion of it with other readers please send your review or comments to YARR-A

Through a series of interconnected free-verse stories we meet twenty students who attend the same high school. A wide variety of students are presented each with their own experiences, views on life and relationships. We meet Daniel and Jed who have been together almost a year now, the loving and kind Pete and the fragile and anorexic Mary, the Holden Caulfield loving Jill who has a tenuous relationship with Tyler, the ‘word releasing’ Charlotte and self-centred Cara. These are just some of the memorable characters presented. Like a voyeur we get a glimpse into other people’s lives and their ups and downs, doubts and challenges, fears and fantasies.

The Realm Of Possibility is an excellent read where readers will be able to identify with one or more of the characters. The varied structure of the free verse stories make this book so memorable, it includes regular free verse, love songs (arranged as track 1 to track 8), couplets, an a-z beginning verse, prose and more. In fact it shows the realms of possibility of a verse novel! David Levithan, author of Boy Meets Boy has added another important work to the world of YA literature and to the ever increasing novels in verse range. It’s up there as one of the best in this emerging genre!

Stephen, Canberra, Australia

The Realm Of Possibility is a different kind of verse novel with topical issues. It really opened my eyes to a lot of different issues with quite a different but enthralling story.  It deals with relationships and forbidden love; it kept my interest throughout the entire book. There is a very diverse array of characters presented who go through much. With Jed and Daniel who are together, Pete, Mary, Jill, Tyler, Charlotte and the annoying Cara, as well as many more, adding up to around twenty characters. With wonderful tales of friendship, trust and understanding I really enjoyed this novel, but definitely recommend it for readers 14 and above.

Richard, Year 10, Canberra, Australia

One high school, twenty different students, all different, all connected.

There are Daniel and Jed, two boys who are approaching their first anniversary together, Diana who has a crush on Elizabeth, Megan who likes Diana, Jamie who is getting over a break up, Clara who is seeking marijuana, and Charlotte who writes phrases without herself knowing what they mean, just to name a few. The underlying story makes us realise how different all these people are and yet they all get along and connect even though they are different. It tells how they all are discovering themselves and working through problems with their friends and family.

I liked this book because it told of individual’s lives and problems and also approaches teen issues like homosexuality, eating disorders and where people stand in their high school, i.e. popularity. The story tells of rejection, love, and pain, which every teenager will go through at least once. I think that this book is suited to people aged from twelve years to adult because during this time they will encounter prejudices and heartache so it would be good for them to learn of these things so they begin to understand them and see how others react to them before they experience them.

Sammi, age 15, Canberra, Australia

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