The Realm of Possibility

The Realm of Possibility

by David Levithan


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This collection of linked poems from David Levithan, the author of the New York Times bestseller Every Day and the groundbreaking classic Boy Meets Boy and the co-author of Will Grayson, Will Grayson (with John Green), will introduce you to a world of unforgettable and emotionally resonant voices.
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.

Enter The Realm of Possibility and meet a boy whose girlfriend is in love with Holden Caulfield; a girl who loves the boy who wears all black; a boy with the perfect body; and a girl who writes love songs for a girl she can’t have.

These are just a few of the captivating characters readers will get to know in this intensely heartfelt new novel about those ever-changing moments of love and heartbreak that go hand-in-hand with high school. David Levithan plumbs the depths of teenage emotion to create an amazing array of voices that readers won’t forget. So, enter their lives and prepare to welcome the realm of possibility open to us all. Love, joy, and these stories will linger.
“Luminous . . . each voice sings with hope, humor and possibility.” —Time Out New York Kids

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780375836572
Publisher: Random House Children's Books
Publication date: 05/09/2006
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 224
Sales rank: 232,501
Product dimensions: 5.20(w) x 7.90(h) x 0.50(d)
Age Range: 12 - 17 Years

About the Author

David Levithan is a children’s book editor in New York City. He lives in Hoboken, NJ.


Hoboken, New Jersey

Date of Birth:


Place of Birth:

New Jersey


B.A., Brown University, 1994

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The Realm of Possibility 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 69 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
However... after realizing how completely ACCURATE this book is, the 5 star rating is completely necessary. From a span of about 5 pages i had went from sad to lauging my (butt) off.... from touched to disgusted. Levithan is able to depict the most vivid emotions with naught but a few fleeting words scattered amongst lines of flowing free verse poetry. More than commended... this book has my highest praise and is my read of the year.
Lunabell More than 1 year ago
It's easier for people to fall in love with a character in a book than a story. Or at least for me it is. Because the book is written in free verse by twenty different people, you're sure to find one character, or story to love. "The Realm of Possibility" was definitely one of the best books I read this year. It has loners, it has popular kids it has straights, gays, lesbians, it has drug users, and it has dorks. It has it all. Like I said, there's something in it for everyone.

So go read it. Seriously.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is one of the most poignant books I have ever read. David Levithan somehow knows exactly how high schoolers feel, act and just are overall. I was blown away by his beautiful, flowing free verse poetry. He so perfectly describes first loves, the awkwardness of the social scene in high school, and he addresses the issue of gender and sexuality in an appropriate and understanding manner. Working at a bookshop, I got the advance copy of the book to read back in December and was immediately in love with this book. The funny thing is, I'm not usually one to read poetry, but this book defies all of the cliches and usual poetry stereotypes. It is, quite simply, a wonderful and perfect book that embodies all of the feelings an adolescent goes through, something that is not easily captured by simple words. David Levithan tells these peoples' stories in a flowing and beautiful manner. This is definitely a good read, and recommended to all.
Guest More than 1 year ago
When I first read this book I was stunned at the range of emotion and how well David Levithan captures emotion. I fell in love with Jed and Daniel and wondered along with Charlotte. The words are arranged so beautifully in these poems that anyone can appreciate it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
it is amazing how he can turn our thoughts and feelings into words ... i couldn't put this book down ... ive never felt more connected to any story ive ever read ... he is an amazing author i felt like i was listening to twenty highschool students ... it just blew me away
Guest More than 1 year ago
I couldn't put the book down; it took me about an hour to read the whole thing and I fell in love with it by the second verse. The content was perfect and the story was depicted wonderfully, even if it is composed entirely of poems.
brittney_reed on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
In this verse "novel," David Levithan allows the individual voices of his twenty teenage protagonists to weave the communal story of their loves, fights, doubts, and striving to figure out their world. I came to this novel skeptical of the verse novel form, and I'm leaving it still skeptical. Some of the sections of the book clearly are poetry, marked by a clarity, economy, and novelty of language that is the benchmark for good verse. Others, however, read more like prose with arbitrary line breaks or, worse, like doggerel. The moments of beauty--I'm thinking here of Anton and Gail's interlocking sections, especially--elevate the low points of the book, and make it worth reading.The depth of characterization is low, and at times it is difficult to identify the speakers. I was impressed by Levithan's incorporation of speakers into each other's poems; however, the effect did not achieve the multi-dimensional knowledge of character that would have been possible with a smaller cast or with a traditional novel format.The themes covered will appeal to a wide range of teen readers who will find characters who reflect their own experiences, emotions, and doubts. From my experience, it might be difficult to encourage less enthusiastic readers to try out the verse format, since many people tend to view poetry as difficult to understand.I'm still not convinced by the verse novel, but I want to read more in the event that I find an example that satisfyingly merges prose and poetry.
callmecayce on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I've never read a book of poetry quite like this. Each poem of Levithan's tells a story, but they are sometimes loosely connected (which you don't notice until the end -- and it's very effective). The poems are usually several pages, written in different styles, but on the whole, they are mostly quite powerful. I didn't like all the poems and obviously there were those I liked more than others. But that's the way it is with all collections. Overall, if you like Levithan's writing and don't mind poetry, this is a good book to read.
elizardkwik on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I always find it amazing how verse novels manage to convey such a complete image of the story and characters without using complete sentences. My major complaint about this book was that it was confusing, switching back and forth between too many characters. However, Levithan did a good job of tying all the stories together and giving multiple viewpoints, so despite being confusing and a bit disjointed, I liked it.
elissajanine on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
There were some great lines in this little collection of poems--some interesting characters. Overall, though, I wasn't drawn into their world consistently enough to want to chase the relationships around and figure out how all these voices fit together. Here and there I found large emotions, moments of triumph.
ACleveland on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This book made me sit down and think. It doesn't deal with just one character but many. It shows how one person effects everyone around them in some sort of way. It lets you inside the mind of what teenagers think about instead of sticking wit the teenage angst in one character. Its not a shallow book either it does have depth to it. Give it a read.
edspicer on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
What I Say:Using several different poetic forms and weaving characters throughout the poems in this book, Levithan has created a book that will delight thoughtful teens. This is a book that yields more fruit with each reading. The cover bills this as a novel in verse form; it is really a collection of poems that convey a mood and some detail about how students make sense of their sexuality, their problems, their lives, and their world. While this collection of poems can be confusing, readers are rewarded for their persistence.What teens say:Some of the poems were great, especially the one the book is named after. It took me a while to figure out that the poems relate to all the characters. Some of the poems seemed forced. I wish there was something to keep track of who was speaking. Most of the poems were great and there were a lot of different styles that made the book even better. This book won¿t be popular here, however because most high school students have been taught to be afraid of homosexuality.I read the first 97 pages and didn¿t like it. The homosexuality scares me.I have really begun to like all these books written as poetry, but I didn¿t really care for this book. I read about the first 50 or 60 pages, then stopped. The characters were just too hard to keep track of.
Delicate-Eternity-Books More than 1 year ago
The Realm of Possibility is gorgeous. Absolutely gorgeous. I haven’t read many books in prose (or song lyrics, or stream of consciousness – which all appear in The Realm of Possibility, but for ease, I’ll just say it’s prose), because the few I have read haven’t been able to get me to really invest my emotions. There’s a kind of detachment because not everything flows in the right way. But that was not the case with The Realm of Possibility. This was written so beautifully, and I connected with every single one of the character pieces that I read. Each one was so very unique and distinct, and I could feel everything they were feeling. It was just superb. One of the things I absolutely loved most about The Realm of Possibility was the fact that all the characters were connected. I think you would have to pay close attention to realise the connections between some of the characters, but even so – it was lovely. I was able to read about why characters were the way they were, and why they felt the way they felt. Even though it's very hard to pick a favourite couple, or a favourite character, I have to say that my favourites are Daniel and Jed. Daniel's piece is the first piece in the book, and that was when I really fell in love with The Realm of Possibility. With this quote right here: "in my english notebook, i had catalogued his graces while in his mind he had detailed my kindnesses, dreamed about saying things i dreamed of hearing." AH, I JUST REALLY REALLY LOVED THIS BOOK. And I just want you to read it. I want you to read it in one sitting, like I did. Because it just lets you invest yourself in the book, and I think it’s a lot easier to see the connections when you’re reading it in one go. So, please. If your morning is like mine right now – rainy and cold and in no way outside weather (or even the opposite – sunny and warm and you can read on the grass) – pick up The Realm of Possibility. Read about love, and friendship, and pain, and happiness, and everything that makes us human. Because you won’t regret it. Because The Realm of Possibility is one of the most beautiful books I have had the pleasure of reading this year. Because after I finished, I held it to my chest and wrapped my arms around it. Because you need it in your life. © 2016, Chiara @ Books for a Delicate Eternity. All rights reserved.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
make a tv series please
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I got this book around the time it first came out before my freshman year and still read it years later. It was a really cool book to read as a teen as I and friends and people around me went through things so similar to the teens in the book. It was inspiring, the story of these different characters who faced with all these teenage struggles find their ways through them and even take leaps of courage into these realms of possibilities. It was great because as I went through these confusing, awkward, intimidating, sad or out right breath taking moments of high school adolescences I felt understood, not alone. It felt ok rather then scary or weird. I read how these teens in his writings would be faced with all these possibilities and take these chances to chase a possibility at something amazing in its way and it gave me a courage, an understanding. Even at the risk--that your crush won't return your feelings, your relationship won't last, you'll not fit in, it'll blow up in your face--it'll go bad there's also the chance it'll lead to something great. And that understanding and hopeful courage gave me a willingness to dive head long into these realms of possibilities in my life. Not many books do that, speak to and inspire or empower you, but this one did for me. And that's what makes it so special in my eyes. It's ability to speak to you, a person in these scenarios, like another teen facing the same things the same way you are. Like it's right there with you, like a kid from one of your classes. Not like an adult writing about it, but like another teen just like you experiencing in that moment the same as you. This book is great and so different in look and tone from most other poetry I've read. I'd recommend it to anyone interested by poetry or a teen looking for a relatable story, it's definitely worth the buy and time to read.
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KristyJewel More than 1 year ago
Everytime I read this novel I find something new to fall in love with. This book quickly became my favorite novel and David Levithan has earned the honor of being my favorite author.  This novel has changed my life. The characters are intertwined and connect in ways that our every day lives intertwine.  I love the fact that David Levithan has characters that anyone can relate to. If you're the popular kid, you will relate to someone. If you're that kid in the back of the classroom, you will relate to someone. There are 20 different characters and you will be able to relate to at least one of them.  I recommend this book to everyone
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This book is amazing. I am only 13 but i can relate to what these characters are going through and i fell in love with them. The way the author put it together is great to and even though it is kindof hard to follow i understood everything. All i have to say is AMAZING BOOK! =^_^=
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Kaely More than 1 year ago
David Levithan portrays the stories of twenty characters through poems and free verse in the book The Realm of Possibility. The unique aspect of this book is the vast amount of social issues that students could potentially face in high school. In some books about high school issues, the reader can enjoy the tragedy or the entertainment, but cannot relate. In this book, the other presents different issues such as homosexuality, losing a loved one, smoking and drinking, peer pressure, rivalry amongst peers and most importantly, teenage love. By exploring the different issues of adolescence, more potential exists for a reader to be able to relate to one or more of them. Throughout each individual story, the characters try to identify who they are and who they want to be. A majority of the characters find just that through love. In today's society, acceptance of homosexuality is improving, but high school students struggle especially with the acceptance of it whether it is themselves or their friends. This book positively reinforces the feelings of acceptance and discourages those of doubt, which can be difficult in a high school atmosphere where that is a new possibility. Often times in high school, peers disapprove of relationships that extend out of a social group. Levithan presents the stories of several characters that doubt their feelings due to their peers, but persevere and find that love is not defined by social status or even gender. Every high school student endures some form of peer pressure, whether it is drugs, smoking, alcohol or even cheating. The Realm of Possibility allows a reader to see how teenagers accept themselves and their lifestyles at times when judgment appears from many sources and overcome the relentless pressure to conform to others' actions. David Levithan opens the door to the angst of high school life and how with acceptance of yourself and exploring your realm of possibility, you can overcome any obstacle, insecurity, heartbreak or doubt.
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