Book Review: Wide Awake by Tom Levithan


Since it’s summer break I finally feel like I can read for fun, especially this week since I’m on vacation this week I’ve already read two. Books for me are an escape to another world, very briefly, and I hardly remember them afterwards, however, this book really caught my attention and I thought more people should know about it since it’s not a New York Times Best Seller, and personally I had never heard of the author before so I thought maybe it deserved some more attention.

This book did actually freak me out a little bit for the future, I don’t think it’s as practical anymore since we have a Democratic president, but I think if our country was Republican run we would run into a lot of these problems. Levithan explored two ideas that really hit home with me: the Greater Depression, and the War to End all Wars. Both of these events took place post 9/11 and was due to the aftermath of the tragedy. I think the reason both of these were so frightening because they seem so practical, and if I would’ve read this book a few years ago, I think it would’ve seemed even more realistic. With the recession a few years back I was always waiting for something bad to happen. That’s what happens when you’re a little pessimistic.

The main character, Duncan, is born as he puts it decades after 9/11 and the fight he is fighting for is that the winner of the presidency is gay and Jewish, which had still never happened in the history of the country, but Duncan was also gay and Jewish. He goes through struggles with friends, people accepting him, and even some trouble with his boyfriend.

I really suggest this book for anyone, at least growing up where I did, I could see both sides when it came down to the argument. However, when it comes down to it, people are people and everyone should be treated with the same amount of respect. Everyone should be equal no matter what and I don’t know what this is still an argument. No matter what’s different about someone, they have something in common with you, they have a brain and a heart, and both will be affected by you negatively or positively and I think this book sends that message.

If you are interested you can buy the book here, or if you have an iPad you can download the app OverDrive which you can set your public library system up to and borrow books to read and you might be able to find it there. If you read it or have read it, let me know what you think!



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