Book Review: Wide Awake by David Levithan

Wide AwakeWide Awake by David Levithan
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

When I grabbed this book, I was coming off of a slightly disappointing read, and I wanted something to put the spark back in my inner-reader. I was thinking something disastrously fun and reckless would be perfect, and this was obviously not that. I knew that by a few pages in, but I also knew I wasn’t turning back.

Okay, yes, it’s a bit preachy at times, but sometimes it’s good to hear things, not just know them somewhere deep inside. Sometimes it’s good to be reminded of how actions and choices can help us or hinder us from being the kind of people we want to be and from living in the kind of world we want to live in. Sometimes I’m tired of reading only about the ways that humanity destroys itself, and I want to read about the ways it could redeem itself.

Also, the way he writes Duncan, so internal and tender, it grabbed at all the strings of my heart. All the fears and insecurities made him feel so real and relatable. I’d have read through any amount of passages that hit me over the head with their point to get to a few more paragraphs of Duncan and what made him tick. And honestly, I don’t usually like being hit over the head with a point, but in this instance, I kind of did. It worked for what the story is, and it said a lot of things I wish the world would wake up and understand.

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