Knopf, 2007 (2007)
Reviewed by J. A. Kaszuba Locke
n David Levithan's near future
, sixteen-year-old Jimmy and his partner Duncan are jubilant, along with many others, over the announcement that gay Abraham Stein and his running partner Alice Martinez have become President and Vice-President elect, respectfully. The election results are celebrated by supporters and belittled by opponents, causing a rift within the school-setting and community. But, the people have spoken through their votes.
fter 9/11, politicians promoted a reign of fear - '
fear of mass destruction, of nonwhites and non-Christians, and of the unknown
', to get what they wanted. Funds were squandered, pushing the nation further and further into debt, resulting in the
, with foreign countries demanding debt repayment, and an ever higher cost of living. The
War to End All Wars
was launched by pandering to fears and '
singling out extremists everywhere
program peaked, along with
Opus Dei Trials
ow, decades later, everything is different, after many asked
What Would Jesus Do?
The answers were: '
Jesus would welcome everyone to His table. He would love them, and He would find peace
were beginning to be heard. The
Charity Is the New Shopping
movement. But the election is not accepted gracefully by opponents, the Kansas governor leading the way in demanding a re-tally of that state's votes. Jimmy and Duncan are among the millions who head for Kansas at the call of Abraham Stein. En route with a busload of Stein supporters, Duncan and Jimmy, Keisha, and Mira explore their relationships, politics, and country, discovering that the journey is in the spotlight, more than the destination.
loses momentum in places, overall David Levithan has created a masterly plot, weaving together political manipulation, religious beliefs, ethics, and ethnicity, in an insightful gay-themed book for older teens. Levithan's spoken words in elected politician's speeches are particularly eloquent, as when President-elect Stein says, '
Whenever a truth is challenged, the value of all truths is challenged ... They are those who create doubt, instill fear, and subvert our democratic process ... Let us stay together to celebrate the glory of life, liberty, and equality
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