Thursday, October 28, 2010

Review: Will Grayson, Will Grayson by John Green & David Levithan

Summary: 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. (from

Review: Loved this book. It took me a minute to get into reading the two stories, especially because one Will Grayson does not use capital letter (for some reason this bothered me)- but after those first few chapters I was sucked right in. Both Will's are great charecters and it was interesting to watch them come together and grow together and really build a relationship built off of nothing more then a name.

For me though, it was the secondary charecters that really made the book. Both Will's are slightly depressed and are going through alot and struggling to fit in. So charecters like Tiny really brought a sense of fun to the book. His musical, which the performance of ends the story, bringing everyone together is hilarious. The lyrics to his musical made me laugh out loud, and I loved the fact that in the end Tiny realizes that it's not about him neccessarily, but that through his musical he may be able to actually make a statement that could change some lives.

Jane was great as well- she was that steadfast friend who is trying to figure her shit out too, but remembers that she has to be there for others as well. I was happy that her and Will figured it out together in the end.

The charecter I hated was Will Grayson's friend Maura (I think that's her name- the book is not in front of me, so I hope I'm not remembering wrong, because that will make for an unfortunate review). What she did to him was horrible. She had to know that it would not end well, and the fact that she did it anyways really made me angry. It did bring Will Grayson to Will Grayson though, and that led to alot of other great things.

I'd be remiss if I didn't at least mention the meeting of Will Grayson and Will Grayson. I thought the location was brilliant. I knew that eventually the two would meet, but porn shop never crossed my mind. I thought it was woven into the story really well too, and not used just for a laugh, both Will's had a decent reason to be there at that moment.

Overall this was a great book. It's not for everyone though. Swear words abound and if you are uncomfortable with sexuality, this is not going to be your cup of tea. I loved it though and think it's totally worth reading!

About the authors:
John Green-

David Levithan-


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