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