Book Review: The Realm of Possibility

200px-RealmofPossibility-2004The Realm of Possibility is my first ever David Levithan book (well that he wrote on his own). Before reading this book, I was almost done reading all of John Green’s novels and I decided (after reading Dash and Lily’s Book of Dares that I will try reading David Levithan’s books.

At first, I had no clue that the book will be in verse form. I was expecting a regular book. I was a bit hesitant after seeing that it was in verse form, but then I read the first chapter. Basically the book is about 20 teens. Each teen’s story is linked to another showing how a usual high school functions (well of course how it functions in a way that is not that evident to everybody) that each person is connected to another in some cosmic way.

At one point I was struggling to keep up with the names of the characters and on mapping their connections. I wanted to know the implication of each character’s moves or decisions. Reading the book made me feel as though I am solving a case, a case of unlimited possibilities. That part made it frustrating for me, flipping over chapters remembering each story. But removing that from my whole journey on reading this novel, I liked it.

The emotion that each person shows through verse is amazing. The voice that each character had was so clear that I didn’t confuse one person to the other. Each person can find one character from the 20 that he/she can easily relate to, because each voice has a unique story worth telling.

Here’s what I know about the realm of possibility— it is always expanding, it is never what you think it is. Everything around us was once deemed impossible. From the airplane overhead to the phones in our pockets to the choir girl putting her arm around the metalhead. As hard as it is for us to see sometimes, we all exist within the realm of possibility. Most of the limits are of our own world’s devising. And yet, every day we each do so many things that were once impossible to us.

David Levithan



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