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Monday, June 7, 2010

Will Grayson, Will Grayson by John Green and David Levithan

Title: Will Grayson, Will Grayson
Author: David Green and David Levithan
Published: April 2010
Source: The Library
Synopsis from Goodreads:
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.

I'm a huge fan of John Green, but I've never read anything by David Levithan before this. I will definitely be finding something of his to read in the near future. John Green and David Levithan are both hilarious, and they work together really really well. It was easy to figure out which Will Grayson was which, and not just because one was gay and the other wasn't.

The synopsis definitely leaves something to be desired. Going into it I really had no idea what it was going to be about. It turns out that it's about two guys, both named Will Grayson. One of them has a best friend named Tiny Cooper, doesn't date, and has some girl issues. The other is gay, in like with a guy he knows online named Isaac, and has a frenemy named Maura. They meet each other and it's sets off a rather large chain of events that changes both of their lives.

I really, really liked Tiny Cooper. He's huge, he's gay, and he's fabulous. He is the writer/director/producer/star of his very own musical about his life and brings some sunshine into this sometimes rather bleak book. Especially when it comes to David Levithan's Will Grayson, who could be pretty dark at times. Speaking of, I felt that DL's WG was the hardest to get into the head of. The writing style took me a bit of getting used to, as there are no capital letters used and no quotations are used when speaking.

Even after reading this book I'm still not really sure exactly what to say about it. It's just really unique, really heartfelt, really funny, and really awesome. The wit of all the characters is hilarious, and I wish that I knew them. I really wish that I could go see Tiny's musical. It seems like it would be hilarious and awesome.

Basically, I loved this book and it was even better than I was expecting.

Characters: 9/10
Writing: 8/10
Plot: 8/10
Originality: 10/10
Ending: 9/10
Overall: 44/50 B+
Title/Cover Comments: I love both. The cover is kind of crazy and nothing is really in focus, which is awesome. The tile fits the book, since it's about two Will Graysons.


  1. Amazing review! I finally know what this book is actually about. The writing does sounds different, but I guess you get used to it.

  2. I actualy started with astronomical expectations for this book but after its been reviewed by tons of people, perhaps they're a bit more reasonable now :P Your review was great! I can't wait to read about Tiny Cooper, he sounds fab

  3. It would be awesome if this was made into a movie someday so that we could see Tiny's musical...

    Great review!

  4. I LOVE the cover of that book. When I saw it on the dashboard I was like "I have to look at that one!"


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