David Levithan Biography


Type: Writer, Editor

Born: September 7, 1972 (age 43), Short Hills,


At 19, Levithan received an internship at Scholastic Corporation where he began working on the "The Baby-sitters Club serie"s. Levithan still works for Scholastic as an editorial director. Levithan is also the founding editor of PUSH, a young-adult imprint of Scholastic Press focusing on new voices and new authors.

In an interview with Barnes & Noble, Levithan claimed that he learned how to write books that were both funny and touching from Judith Viorst's "Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day". He continues to work as both a writer and editor saying, "I love editing just as much, if not more than writing". Levithan's first collaboration with Rachel Cohn, Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist, was published in 2006 and adapted for the big screen in 2008. His novel " Love is the Higher Law" was published in August 2009.


  • Boy Meets Boy (2003)
  • The Realm of Possibility (2004)
  • Are We There Yet? (2005)
  • Marly's Ghost: A Remix of Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol, illustrated by Brian Selznick (2005)
  • Wide Awake (2006)
  • How They Met (2008)
  • Love Is the Higher Law (2009)
  • Will Grayson, Will Grayson, co-written with John Green (2010)
  • The Lover's Dictionary (2011)
  • Every You, Every Me (2011)
  • Every Day (2012)
  • Invisibility, co-written with Andrea Cremer (2013)
  • Two Boys Kissing (2013)
  • Another Day (2015)
  • Hold Me Closer (2015)

With Rachel Cohn:

  • Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist (2006)
  • Naomi and Ely's No Kiss List (2007)
  • Dash & Lily's Book of Dares (2010)

With David Ozanich and Chris Van Etten:

  • Likely Story (2008)
  • All That Glitters (2008)
  • Red Carpet Riot (2009)

David Levithan Quotes

I want love to conquer all. But love can't conquer anything. It can't do anything on it's own.
It relies on us to do the conquering on its behalf.

We always see our worst selves. Our most vulnerable selves. We need someone else to get close enough to tell us we’re wrong. Someone we trust.

It scares me how hard it is to remember life before you. I can't even make the comparisons anymore, because my memories of that time have all the depth of a photograph. It seems foolish to play games of better and worse. It's simply a matter of is and is no longer.

Things that matter are not easy. Feelings of happiness are easy. Happiness is not. Flirting is easy. Love is not. Saying you’re friends is easy. Being friends is not.

Love doesn’t have to be on Valentine’s Day. It doesn’t have to be by the time you turn eighteen or thirty-three or fifty-nine. It doesn’t have to conform to whatever is usual. It doesn’t have to be kismet at once, or rhapsody by the third day.

It just has to be. In time. In place. In spirt.

It just has to be.

But I think we both knew, even then, that what we had was something even more rare, and even more meaningful. I was going to be his friend, and was going to show him possibilities. And he, in turn, would become someone I could trust more than myself.

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