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.
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.