Tuesday, November 4, 2008

Wide Awake by David Levithan

WARNING: This review contains heavy fangirling.

[description from B&N]

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.


Can I marry David Levithan? Seriously. The man is just plain amazing. If you have not read anything by him, leave your computer right now and go to your nearest bookish place to buy something by him. His writing, his characters....swoon. I don't think he ever writes anything bad. Because this book, and all his others that I've read, have been completely wonderful.

David Levithan knows how to write characters. He doesn't include much obvious stuff about them, but includes little quirks of theirs' that really make them human. Such as Duncan's obsession with the Boston Tea Party when he was young and Mr. Davis's obsession with reenacting the Iraq war. Well maybe the latter isn't a little quirk, but still. You know what I mean. They were just all so human, so flawed, so delightful. Duncan wasn't always one to stand up for himself or the things he believed in, Keisha and Mira had their own problems that I shall not discuss due to spoileryness, and Jimmy was almost too eager and not understanding but still really understanding. That last one made no sense. Moving on.

Plotplotplot. Plot was good. Plot was original. Very original. I mean, how many books have you read where the president is gay and jewish? It kind of seems like the whole book would be about Kansas's recounting of the votes to get the gay jewish president out of office and Jimmy and Duncan going on a journey to Kansas, but it's really more about changing the world and how it typically work. And about defying The Man. Fight the power!

I know I'm biased since I would love anything David Levithan's written- He could write about a dancing lamp and I would still love it- but even if I wasn't very biased I'd still really like this book. Read it!



  1. David Levithan is awesome! I haven't read this book by him, but next time I see it, I will get it!

  2. LOL! "This review contains heavy fangirling"!

    I've only read Nick and Norah's but I do have.... Are We There Yet?, Realm of Possibility, and How They Met. Which would you suggest I read first?

  3. haha. i love the review. he does seem quite amazing (:

  4. He is a great author. Love the cover. :)

  5. Fangirl all you want cause I am totally with you! David Levithan rocks! :)

  6. *high fives all other fangirls*

    We should start a club.