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Wide Awake by David Levithan
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Apr 13, 2010

really liked it
bookshelves: recommended-reading, favorites, read-2010, reviewed
Read from June 03 to 05, 2010

Highly entertaining, fast-paced novel weaving one part politics, one part "the future", and one part teen love story.

Incredibly enjoyable read. The future as we may-come-to-know-it is realistic, though pleasantly different. World-wide public healthcare has come. 9/11 has been joined by many other dates. There's been a new Jesus Revolution. Phones have video.

Even more identifiable than the possible future are the characters. Duncan, Jimmy, Virgil and all the others ring with the reality of human nature--they're not perfect, but they're real. Even the bullies--frequently overdone in YA books--are (unfortunately) genuine.

The plot itself is intriguing--a presidency challenged? (Now where've we heard this in real life? Ah, but that was Florida, not Kansas.) And a teenager going with his friends to defend it? There's a wonderful blend of political action and reaction woven in; it's never dry, accredited mainly to the idea of MONUMENTALISM though the whole novel. The author has built up a kind of contagious excitement that's impossible to ignore, sucking in the reader and not letting go.

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Quotes Kat Liked

David Levithan
“Everything--the section of comfortable chairs in the middle, the long colourful chains that dangled lights from the ceiling--seemed designed to make you feel like you were part of something larger, without actually being made to feel small.”
David Levithan, Wide Awake

Reading Progress

06/03/2010 page 116
52.49% "Wanted to finish two books in a day. Does that goal end at midnight, or when I fall over sideways?"

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