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Wide Awake

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Now with exclusive bonus content from author David Levithan, the New York Times bestselling mind behind Every Day and Another Day.

An emotional and politically charged novel that’s a must-read for turbulent times when the very democratic process itself is called into question and basic rights are at risk
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.

From Publishers Weekly

Nov 13, 2006 – Levithan (Boy Meets Boy) again creates a refreshingly offbeat world to impart an uplifting message. In this novel, set slightly in the future, a gay Jewish man is elected president of the United States, much to the joy of gay teen Duncan, who worked on his campaign. But when the governor of Kansas—the decisive state—begins a recount and starts "disqualifying as many Stein votes as possible," narrator Duncan, his boyfriend and their campaign friends head to a giant rally in Topeka to stick it out until the race is decided. Along the way, Duncan meets new friends, struggles with his relationship, and figures out what it means to stand up and be "a part of history." The author includes some whimsical details, some of which work well (Duncan and his friends go to a "non-shopping mall" where, after "the prices were scanned in, you made a donation to a worthy cause instead of buying the stuff"), others of which are clever but rather distracting (the hero meets a boy named Sue who learns that his name fits because "there were parts of me that liked being a girl"). Not everyone will agree with Duncan's perspective, but most readers will find plenty to think about in terms of where our society is headed—and what role each individual can play in directing its future. Ages 14-up.

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This is such a great book, and is definitely one of my favorite books of his. This is total love.

Wide Awake
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  • $8.99
  • Available on iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, and Mac.
  • Category: Romance
  • Published: Sep 12, 2006
  • Publisher: Random House Children's Books
  • Seller: Penguin Random House LLC
  • Print Length: 240 Pages
  • Language: English
  • Requirements: To view this book, you must have an iOS device with iBooks 1.3.1 or later and iOS 4.3.3 or later, or a Mac with iBooks 1.0 or later and OS X 10.9 or later.

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