Two Kids by Richard Levine: Book #Review

Two KidsTwo Kids by Richard Levine

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Two Kids covers a year in the lives of Rob and D.C., two twelve-year-olds who meet at a summertime birthday party. As a former extra-tall 12-year-old girl myself, I related to the main female character, D.C. (although I was all gawky, with none of D.C.’s athleticism or confidence). D.C. also experiences a tragedy in her life midway through the story that my family also experienced, and it’s the details like these that drew me into the story.

This book reminds me a fair bit of one of my favorite children’s books, Bridge to Terabithia – Rob and D.C. have vivid imaginations and create their own fantastic stories and make-believe games, yet there’s also real-world personal tragedies that the kids must deal with. But the friendship between the two kids is strong, and this story shows how those friendships formed during that awkward heading-into-puberty time can turn into strong lifelong bonds.

The story was a lot longer than I expected it to be – I don’t really look at page numbers with ebooks, I read enough that I usually know about how long a book will take me (depending on the target audience – adult, YA, middle grade, etc.). I expected this one to be about half the actual length given the target audience. That’s neither a negative nor a positive, though. However, I do feel that a more imaginative title would have improved the book as a whole – I think the simplistic title also led me to believe that this would be a shorter, simpler book (with less tragedy and more of the fun parts of a coming-of-age story). Likewise, the cover art – I know, I know, don’t judge a book by its cover. But we all do, and my expectations based on the title and the cover didn’t match up with the actual contents of the book.

I received an ecopy of this book for my honest review; all opinions are my own.

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7 thoughts on “Two Kids by Richard Levine: Book #Review

  1. My youngest granddaughter would probably really enjoy this story.

  2. this book sound pretty interesting and I know a couple of family members who would love to read this, thanks for share

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  4. this sounds like a good book. I was extra short, and have often thought that there should be more books that help ppl realize they are making fun of ppl due to their size !!

  5. It does sound interesting. I’m glad it has positive message for girls to agree with.

  6. Haven’t ya heard not to judge a book by its cover. I agree a little more thought could have gone into the name however.

  7. I tend to judge books by their cover as well. Honestly, this cover doesn’t do much for me, but if it is anything like Bridge to Terabithia it has to be good. At the minimum it does sound more interesting than the cover lets on.

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