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Will Grayson, Will Grayson [Hardcover]

John Green , David Levithan
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Book Description

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.

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 them both legions of faithful fans.

 


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What's in a name? A pretty fantastic book idea, for starters. At heart, Will Grayson, Will Grayson is about a couple of kids figuring out how to be themselves. Two of those kids happen to have the same name, and not much in common outside of that, but their serendipitous friendship sets the stage for a much larger, braver, and more candid story than the simplicity of the plot might suggest. The relevance for teens here is clear--high school is the only time in your life when you have the undivided opportunity to obsess over your every move, sentence, and outfit change--but the part about understanding who you are doesn't stop when you graduate. That's what makes Will Grayson, Will Grayson as interesting a pick for adults as it is for teens: the questions don't get simpler, but looking at them through the eyes of a 16-year-old brings a welcome sense of honesty and humor to this thing called life. No one's ever too old to enjoy that. --Anne Bartholomew

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5.0 out of 5 stars Courtesy of Teens Read Too June 13 2010
Format:Hardcover
Two of today's most popular young adult authors have collaborated together on an entertaining journey into the lives of two characters, both named Will Grayson.

Told in alternating chapters and voices, each Will Grayson is introduced to the reader. Each Will slowly reveals the inner workings of their minds. John Green's Will Grayson has bounced from his friend, Tiny Cooper, to a sporty group of friends, back to Tiny Cooper.

Tiny is anything but Tiny. He's a hulking gay football player of a boy. Tiny is proud to be gay and is pushing to have the school let him put on his production Tiny Dancer: The Tiny Cooper Story. Tiny always puts Will in crazy or uncomfortable situations. Tiny is trying to set Will up with their friend, Jane. Will is attracted to Jane but can't bring himself to pursue her.

On the other side of the city is David Levithan's Will Grayson. This Will is a loner. His only friend is an Internet buddy, Isaac, who lives in Ohio. There's Maura, a girl from school who thinks she's Will's friend, but Will finds her intrusive and bothersome. Maura is convinced Will is gay, but Will refuses to divulge anything personal to her.

As the story develops, both Wills unexpectedly find themselves in the same bizarre porn shop in Chicago. Neither expected to be there, and when they realize they have the same name, they find themselves sitting outside trying to figure things out. Enter Tiny and Jane, and the night is about to get even more bizarre.

Each author has a distinctive style, and it's quite easy to distinguish between the two while reading WILL GRAYSON, WILL GRAYSON. I found one of the author's Will Grayson characters much more appealing than the other, but both are well-written and have fascinating stories to share.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Nerdalicious May 13 2010
By Pippa
Format:Hardcover
The format of Will Grayson Will Grayson is a very unique and interesting premise for a novel: two authors, two main characters, and one unlikely similarity ' the name Will Grayson.

Once I got over the initial shock of the utter disregard for capitalization of any kind that David Levithan's Will Grayson has, I started to enjoy the differences between the two styles, and the two completely different Will Graysons. (Wills Grayson?)

Like much YA fiction out there, the main theme of the novel revolves around love. But Levithan and Green accomplish this in WGWG in two distinctly unconventional ways ' firstly, they write about love in a way that isn't movie-character love. It feels real, especially the way that Green writes about unrequited love is especially poignant.

The descriptions of High School love are extremely real. It's that time when you have a crush on someone, but you haven't yet admitted it to yourself, thinking that if you don't acknowledge it you won't have to do anything about it. And you certainly haven't admitted it to your friends yet, because then they'd talk to you about it, and ask you questions about it, and you'd have to admit your feelings to yourself. And then what would you do?

And they acknowledge the existence of gay teenagers.

Thank You.

But WGWG is even more a story about friendship, true friendship than it necessarily is about romantic love. And this novel tells that story just as eloquently and completely as it does the other.

Plus there's this line: 'I can feel my fake ID in my front pocket, tight against my thigh, and it feels like I've got a ticket to the whole frakking world.' (pg 54)

Battlestar Galactica references for the frakking win.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Helpfull book May 11 2014
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
Bought for my younger sister and she uses John Green's books for her personal learning.

Very nice perspective and easy to comprehend.

Good read for all ages!
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3.0 out of 5 stars Great start, poor ending Feb. 2 2014
By Douglas
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
John Green is a great author, but if you're planning on reading him for the first time, skip on over to 'The Fault in Our Stars'. This book has a great beginning and build up to the climax, but the ending might leave you feeling empty and wanting more of a conclusion, or like me, wanting a different ending completely. I won't give anything away, but it had me agitated toward the end. Definitely an appealing book to young adults. People who grew up with the internet and cellphones, so 90s kids.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Glee-ful June 9 2013
By Burchy
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
Liked the teenage characters. Liked the way the book was set up.I liked the themes and the execution of the story.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great Read! Jan. 17 2013
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
The uniqueness of this novel, written from two authors was engaging, enlightening and a bit of a nail biter! A great vacay book.
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