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Wide Awake

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Synopses & Reviews

Publisher Comments:

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.

Review:

"Progressive activists have long asserted that the personal is political. In David Levithan's young-adult novel 'Wide Awake,' that old slogan gains new life. And the reverse is also true: In 'Wide Awake,' the political is personal in unprecedented ways.

The book opens with a bombshell: The United States has just elected a gay, Jewish president. Abe Stein and his running mate, Alice Martinez,... Washington Post Book Review (read the entire Washington Post review)

Review:

"Prejudice, tolerance, and freedom are key themes, and first love is equally significant to this high school drama....Shelve this highly recommended title next to Levithan's earlier books with equal enthusiasm for the social milieu and characters he creates." VOYA

Review:

"Wide Awake stands with Levithan's extraordinary Boy Meets Boy...in sheer creativity of plot, setting, and message." School Library Journal

Review:

"There's no question as to the nature of Levithan's agenda, but he avoids the risk of didacticism by balancing his hilariously unapologetic one-track bandwagon of a plot with a dedicated and eclectic assortment of fully fleshed characters from all walks of life." Kirkus Reviews

About the Author

David Levithan is a children's book editor in New York City. The author lives in Hoboken, NJ.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780375834660
Publisher:
Knopf Books for Young Readers
Subject:
General
Author:
Levithan, David
Subject:
Children's 12-Up - Fiction - General
Subject:
Prejudices
Subject:
Politics, practical
Subject:
Social Issues - General
Subject:
Homosexuality
Subject:
Elections
Subject:
Love & Romance
Subject:
Situations / Emotions & Feelings
Publication Date:
20060912
Binding:
Hardback
Grade Level:
from 9
Language:
English
Pages:
240
Dimensions:
8.63x5.72x1.01 in. .89 lbs.
Age Level:
14-17

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Product details 240 pages Alfred A. Knopf - English 9780375834660 Reviews:
"Review" by , "Prejudice, tolerance, and freedom are key themes, and first love is equally significant to this high school drama....Shelve this highly recommended title next to Levithan's earlier books with equal enthusiasm for the social milieu and characters he creates."
"Review" by , "Wide Awake stands with Levithan's extraordinary Boy Meets Boy...in sheer creativity of plot, setting, and message."
"Review" by , "There's no question as to the nature of Levithan's agenda, but he avoids the risk of didacticism by balancing his hilariously unapologetic one-track bandwagon of a plot with a dedicated and eclectic assortment of fully fleshed characters from all walks of life."
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