John Green and David Levithan
April 6th 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.
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.
What can I say about Will Grayson? It's just so awesome! It's one of the funniest books I've read, and it proves my theory that anything John Green writes is gold. Plus I want to read more of David Levithan's books. Anyone who can co-come up with such a hilarious idea, and execute it so perfectly has got to be good. And anyone who can come up with Tiny Cooper is just, like, my HERO. The characters were really what made this book for me.
The first Will Grayson (John Green's) was a very typical teenager, I think. I think that if someone hasn't felt like Will Grayson, then you're either weird or popular or something, because he's just full of that outcastishness that I can really relate too. And he's just so... so normal, I guess. Not to mention he's sarcastic, and funny, but there's nothing extraordinary about him. And that's what I kind of love about him. He's just an normal kid, trying to live his live with a best friend like Tiny Cooper (who I will get to soon. He needs his own paragraph.)
The second Will Grayson (Levithan's) was a depressed, emoey, teen. But I swear, he had me laughing SO MUCH. His humour is so my humour. And despite the fact he was a very emotional person, and he really let things affect him a lot more then he liked to think, he was really lovely. Such a sweet kid at heart. And I'm really glad it ended like it did. Because there were break-ups, and people cried, and there was pain, but there was a silver lining too. And amongst all the serious stuff, it was SO FREAKING FUNNY. And it wasn't preachy (unless you count Hold Me Closer, which I don't) which is awesome because books with messages are okay, just preachy books really IRK me.
And Tiny Cooper. Tiny. Cooper. He's just amazing. He wrote a WHOLE MUSICAL about his life. He is both literally and metaphorically the largest character in the book. I want a friend like Tiny. I would so help him make Hold Me Closer. I would be IN IT. I WANT TO MAKE IT HAPPEN. If someone does make it real, I'm so there. Seriously. I'm feeling the Tiny love.
Will Grayson, Will Grayson is a hilariously heartfelt book about 2 boys who meet in a porn shop with the same name, that I think most people will enjoy, albeit the sweariness. 5 stars. And (for those who've read) I sure as heck appreciate Tiny Cooper. ;D