Thursday, June 17, 2010

Will Grayson, Will Grayson: By John Green and David Levithan



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.

Everyone knows there are others who share their names. It’s not something you think about that much. But because of the basic law of averages, these people do exist.

No matter its title Will Grayson, Will Grayson is not about those people. Instead it uses these name doppelgangers (in this case Will Graysons) as a sort of leaping board for the plot, giving Will Grayson, Will Grayson the room it needs to become the truly fantastic young adult book that could only be possible from the creative minds of John Green and David Levithan.

Will Grayson, Will Grayson is instead about relationships. It is not some corny young adult book where everyone gets with their soul mates and they all live happily ever after. And it is not a sad depressing lifetime movie type of book where everyone discovers their love only to die tragically before they can profess it. Instead this book is about all the different forms of relationships; from straight, to gay, to friendships, and how everything may not work out perfectly but it’s about having the person you love along with you for the ride, no matter who they might be.

Now the characters were all incredible, but the one character they truly stood out in my mind was Tiny Cooper. Tiny, like in his play, is truly the star of this book. And whether you like one Will Grayson, or one relationship, no matter what you will love Tiny.

In fact it is because of Tiny alone that readers should read this book. He and thus the book, are funny, endearing, exciting, and all around fabulous. And while there are some controversial topics in Will Grayson, Will Grayson, it is a book that everyone who enjoys young adult fiction, or even just good books should try.


9 out of 10


Publisher: Dutton Juvenile

Published: April 6, 2010

Price: $17.99

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