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Will Grayson, Will Grayson Hardcover – Apr 6 2010
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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
A New York Times Book Review Editor’s Choice
An ALA Stonewall Honor Book
“Will Grayson, Will Grayson is a complete romp. [It is] so funny, rude and original that by the time flowers hit the stage, even the musical-averse will cheer.” —The New York Times Book Review
ê“Will have readers simultaneously laughing, crying and singing at the top of their lungs.”—Kirkus Reviews, starred review
“It is such a good book. [Green and Levithan] are two of the best writers writing today.” —NPR’s The Roundtable
“A brilliant novel.” —The Seattle Times
“A winning combination infused with wit, sarcasm, and plenty of musical references.” —Chicago Tribune
“A moving novel when it comes to the matters of the heart.” —The San Diego Union-Tribune
“One of the best books of the year.” —Bookpage
“A hilarious collaboration between superstar authors.” —The Daily Beast
ê“A terrific high-energy tale of teen love, lust, intrigue, anger, pain, and friendship threaded with generous measures of comedy and savvy counsel.” —Booklist, starred review
“Entertaining . . . produces all the euphoria of an actual musical; readers will be on their feet.” —The Horn Book
“Irresistibly funny, insistently wise, and filled with the honest power of friendship.” —The Wichita Eagle
“This may well be the best novel that either John Green or David Levithan has ever written. Inventive and insightful.” —Shelf Awareness
“This novel as serious buzz.´—EntertainmentWeekly.com
ê“Powerful, thought-provoking, funny, moving, and unique.” —SLJ, starred review
“Original idea, well-written, humorous, touching . . . a great read.” —Outsmart
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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.
I heard great things about this book when it first came out (no pun intended) but I thought the story of two guys with the same name meeting might be kinda lame. I decided to give it a shot because I haven't read much with LGBQT characters (basically just the Lord John series by Gabaldon) and while there are some sources for gay reader's advisory I like to diversify my reading.
The characters are unbelievably real. There's something in the story about how we can be taken in by a fictional person, fall for someone who isn't actually there, and I feel like I have with all of these characters. Not in a romantic way, just in a I would be their best friend kind of way. Each of the characters ooze with genuine personality. I adore flawed heroes and underestimated rejects and I got my fill of both.
The sarcasm, bluntness, confusion, and raw emotion that the authors throw at us is exquisite. I rarely feel this emotionally invested in a book, I laughed, I cried...it's a good thing I decided to read at home instead of at the park because I probably would have looked mentally disturbed.
The language is fresh and young, completely realistic dialogue for online chat, texting and awkward conversations.
This was an amazing collaboration between authors. Alternating chapters is an interesting and effective way to get two writers involved in the same story and the distinct narrators of the same name make this possible.
This story deals with so many great things that it has something for everyone.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
Most recent customer reviews
An amazing book written by two of the best teen authors around. A price that'll make you cry, laugh, and have you on the edge of your seat every page. A must read.Published 2 months ago by Emily Landry
This book was a hundred shades of wonderful. Both writers delivered beautiful, clever prose in such distinct styles. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Annette
Direct, contrite and entertaining, Will Grayson, Will Grayson opens the teenage mind to the world. The characters share the angst and beguiling belief made possible by true... Read morePublished 12 months ago by Alton Harewood
Started off strong, but fizzled out by the end. I also didn't like the way David Levithan's chapters were written without proper capitalization, etc.Published 13 months ago by Erica
Touches on many popular issues high school students face today. More of a novel geared towards high school aged teens as opposed to someone my age. Read morePublished 14 months ago by KR Strong
I bought this for my daughter, who is an avid reader. She got through it in 2 days.. just loved it.Published 14 months ago by Jewel
I have finally added another John Green book to the "finally read" list!
Ever since I read Looking for Alaska, I've wanted to read all of John Green's novels. Read more