To celebrate the inauguration of President Obama, I hereby announce a Group Read! The book is Wide Awake, by David Levithan (author of the fabulous Boy Meets Boy), and it begins:
“I can’t believe there’s going to be a gay Jewish president.”
As my mother said this, she looked at my father, who was still staring at the screen. They were shocked, barely comprehending.
I sat there and beamed.
Lest you think only the usual liberal suspects get to join in the President Stein glee, the book continues, “I think it was the Jesus Freaks who were the happiest the next day at school.” I just read the first couple of pages as I was cataloging it, and by the end of page 3 I was sniffling (and also totally caught up in the story, and the near-future world).
So: it’s a fast read, and we have a couple of weeks before Jan. 20. Buy the book from your favorite independent bookstore or check it out of your library and get readin’! Bloggers, get your readers involved, too! On the 21st we’ll plaster the internet with our reviews and comments.
Conservatives, Republicans, non-Obama supporters: please join in! This is a book about faith and love and standing up for what you believe in, and I think we can all relate to that. I want to hear everyone’s thoughts, not just people who agree with me.