Will Grayson, Will Grayson
by John Green and David Levithan
Published April 2010
Young Adult Fiction
One cold night, in a most unlikely corner of Chicago, two teens—both named Will Grayson—are about to cross paths. As their worlds collide and intertwine, the Will Graysons find their lives going in new and unexpected directions, building toward romantic turns-of-heart and the epic production of history’s most fabulous high school musical.
Hilarious, poignant, and deeply insightful, John Green and David Levithan’s collaborative novel is brimming with a double helping of the heart and humor that have won both them legions of faithful fans.
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I’m still not sure how I feel about this book. It was done really well. I liked the characters. The ending was a little over-the-top but fit the story well. Still, I had a hard time liking it as much as I feel like I should like it (does that make sense?). Here are some thoughts:
1. This thought walks on the spoiler line, so if you don’t want an aspect of the book potentially spoiled I’d advise you to skip this (I tried as hard as I could to be general enough to not give anything away but specific enough so people actually know what I’m talking about. I’m not sure how effective I was though, hence the warning!)
I like to go into books fairly clueless so I have as little bias as possible, which is why I knew nothing about the formatting of the book and how it would incorporate the two Will Graysons. The thing I loved THE MOST about this book was how J. Green and D. Levithan wove the two Graysons together. It is a masterpiece. I’m not sure if I’m just very oblivious, but my word of advice: don’t read while you’re sick. It will make you feel like you’re going crazy (I speak from experience!).
2. The book had a great overall message about caring for people and friendship. In the Naperville side of things Will Grayson and Tiny Cooper’s friendship is so interesting. You have a boy who loves the world and has such a zest for life (Tiny), and then you have pretty much his polar opposite– a boy who’s goal is to get by unnoticed (Will). Since Will is the narrator, I love that at one point in the book you get to see Tiny’s viewpoint of their friendship. Also, an interesting addition to the book is the character Maura who seems to go at any length to become friends with Will Grayson. While I don’t like her at all, I find her fascinating and do kinda wish her motivations would have been laid out more clearly for me. She could just be moving from loneliness or the embodiment of one idea in this book- “You don’t get to pick your friends.” She might be picking Will Grayson, but he sure isn’t picking her back.
3. I like it when books have something that I can take and think about in my every day life. For me it was this line: “Love is tied to truth.” This line is evident in the entire novel; the more the characters learn about themselves, each other and their situations, the more capable they are of love.
4. While there are several gay boys in this novel, being gay wasn’t the focus at all. I liked that. I feel a lot of times when you read a novel featuring someone who is gay in high school that becomes the main storyline and point. This just had to do with growing up.
5. I’m still not sure why I don’t like it more. I really only have positive things to say about the book. I guess some books you just connect with and others you don’t! 🙂
Overall Review: I’m probably not going to read this again, but I’m not in any shape or form sorry I read it.
Random Fact: I totally have been to Naperville, which is one of the settings of the book.