Synopsis from Goodreads:
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.
Because words mattered. Winning the words was a good part of the battle. And we won them by defining them correctly. ~p.7
That is an amazing book. Making comments on the state of things when it was written (2006) while giving hope to the future. It gives me hope. A Jewish man who is gay not only runs for office, but he stands up for his rights. He won’t accept defeat. He won the popular vote and the electoral vote and didn’t let anyone take that away from him. If only other candidates has done that, we might be in better shape. But we might not have a black President. This is an amazingly inspiring book for teens. No, not just for teens. For everyone.
Wide Awake by David Levithan