Wide Awake

Finished Wide Awake by David Levithan.  I received a copy from the publisher for review.

Summary (from Goodreads):

“I can’t believe there’s going to be a gay Jewish president.”

As my mother said this, she looked at my father, who was still staring at the screen. They were shocked, barely comprehending.

Me? I sat there and beamed.

Everything seems to be going right in Duncan’s life: The candidate he’s been supporting for president has just won the election. Duncan’s boyfriend, Jimmy, is with him to celebrate. Love and kindness appear to have won the day.

But all too quickly, things start to go wrong. The election is called into question… and Duncan and Jimmy’s relationship is called into question, too. Suddenly Duncan has to decide what he’s willing to risk for something he believes in… and how far he’s willing to go to hold on to the people we hold dear.

Perfectly weaving together a heartfelt love story and a possible political future, David Levithan has crafted an insightfully drawn novel that reminds us how history is built – one action, one person, and one belief at a time.”

I very much enjoyed this novel, one that really shows that line about the personal being political is very much true.

This is set in the not-too-distant future, and things are much better then (although they got much worse before reaching that point).  The country’s elected its first gay and Jewish president, and things are awesome.  Except that there are still a lot of hateful people, and those people are reluctant to give up their power, so they claim that one of the states that President-elect Stein won (Kansas) was via cheating and there will be a recount.  So everyone from both sides descends on Kansas to see what will happen next.

It’s political but it’s also very personal and about how all of us have the power to make the world better (or worse), as we choose.



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