The title of this book refers to a Guinness World Record attempt at the longest kiss by two boys. This is the basic plot of the novel, but the real stories are those of several teens whose lives intersect as the main event plays out in small-town America. The ghost narrator is a collective “we” – a generation of gay men ravaged by AIDS – who are watching the individual dramas unfold with both sadness and hope. This is a story about love – falling in love, falling out of love, not finding love anywhere, being afraid of love, and being thankful for love. Anyone who has ever opened their hearts in the hope that their infatuation will be mutual and real will find truth in these pages. Levithan works some of the same magic he did in his novel “Every Day” by reminding us that we all crave love and acceptance, no matter what our outer wrapping might be.