Saturday, June 4, 2011
Review: Will Grayson, Will Grayson by John Green and David Levithan
Title: Will Grayson, Will Grayson
Author: John Green and David Levithan
Date Published: April 6, 2010
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. (Goodreads)
John Green (along with David Levithan) have created a fantastic collaborative novel that is full of humor, as well as deep insight. The format is a bit unique as the chapters alternate between the two Will Graysons. Green follows grammatical rules, while Levithan uses poor grammar and ignores the rules of capitalization. Green's Will was an average middle class teenage guy whose best friend just happened to be the infamous Tiny Cooper (what a character!). Levithan's Will was a depressed gay boy with low self-esteem who ends up dating Tiny Cooper. Even though the book is titled Will Grayson, Will Grayson, I feel that the strongest character is Tiny Cooper. After the two Wills cross paths (at a porn store!), Tiny is the one that maintains the connection between them. He is all that is (gay) man and full of personality and hilarity, not to mention being gigantic. Readers cannot help but to love him.
I'm sure many of you have felt what I am feeling at the moment: sadness that I have come to the end of this book. I wish I could just jump into this story and live there for a little while longer. I believe Will Grayson, Will Grayson was my first GLBT themed YA title and it was FABULOUS! I could not put it down! This is a great finale to my John Green-a-thon. He is a fantastic writer. I cannot wait to read his next novel, which he is currently finishing up. I have not read anything by David Levithan, but now I will make it a point to do so.
I thought just for fun, I would include this video of John Green, himself, reading the first couple pages of Will Grayson, Will Grayson. Story time! Enjoy!