Published by Knopf Books
Date Published: September 12, 2006
In the not-too-impossible-to-imagine future, a gay Jewish man has been elected president of the United States. Until the governor of one state decides that some election results in his state are invalid, awarding crucial votes to the other candidate, and his fellow party member. Thus is the inspiration for couple Jimmy and Duncan to lend their support to their candidate by deciding to take part in the rallies and protests. Along the way comes an exploration of their relationship, their politics, and their country, and sometimes, as they learn, it's more about the journey than it is about reaching the destination.
Only David Levithan could so masterfully and creatively weave together a plot that's both parts political action and reaction, as well as a touching and insightfully-drawn teen love story.
I should start out by saying "I love David Levithan books!" If you've read anything by him, you know what I mean. He's witty, realistic, and knows how to write good characters every time.
I could easily leave it at that and it would be enough for me to read everything he's written, but I'll get more specific for you guys.
Wide Awake, in the broadest sense, is a book about human rights and how they are involved in politics. Though I hate politics with a passion and couldn't care less about who's in office currently, I found myself moved by the passion of Jimmy and Duncan to see Senator Stein in office. The fact that they could stand up for what they believe in while in their mid-teens (not even old enough to vote) was what impressed me most about these characters.
This wasn't his best work by far (Will Grayson, Will Grayson still holds a special place in my heart), but I still loved everything about it. I think everyone should read this book no matter which side of the political scale you may be on. It may just change the way you view your country.