February 1, 2012

Wide Awake by David Levithan

In the not too distant future, a gay Jewish man named Abraham Stein has been elected President of the United States. Sixteen-year-old Duncan, who is also gay and Jewish, is thrilled. He and his friends have helped support the election campaign because they believe in the President’s vision of tolerance and community. Unfortunately, the governor of Kansas decides that the results of his state’s election are invalid, and therefore the other presidential candidate (who just so happens to belong to the same political party as the governor) should be the rightful winner of the election.  Duncan and his boyfriend Jimmy join in with other Stein supporters and travel to Kansas to protest the governor’s decision and stand up for what they believe in.  

This is a coming of age story about a teen exploring his political beliefs and experiencing the ups and downs of first love.  The characters are easy to empathize with, and the subject matter is thought-provoking. The message of love, respect, and acceptance is inspiring, but it does feel a little preachy at times. It was nice to read a novel set in the future with an optimistic tone for once! 


Katie DeKoster said...

Wow - I had no idea that David Levithan even had a new book coming out! It's hard to imagine a world where we have a gay president, but I believe it will happen some day. Woop! Thanks for the introduction to Wide Awake :)

Super Librarian said...

This is an older title actually (I think it's from 2006?), but it was new to me. It appealed to me because I have the upcoming presidential election on my mind!

Kirthi said...

I think it's lovely to post about the old books that deserve attention rather than the new ones ^_^ A gay president, I'd like that! Then we'd know acceptance really is an American characteristic.

Oooh, I love your blog and I'm now a new follower! I wish I could donate to help save your library, but my family's tight on money right now. I'll be HAPPY to send some donations at a better time! (i love libraries)

Super Librarian said...

Thanks for following, Kirthi! I like to mix it up between older and newer titles - there are some great older books out there that do deserve attention.

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