John Green & David Levithan Will Grayson, Will Grayson
310 pp. Penguin Group. 2010 ISBN: 978-0-525-42158-0 $17.99
(From the publisher) “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.”
I can safely say this is one of the best books I’ve read this summer. I adore both John Green and David Levithan, and together, they are a dynamic duo! Both authors are extremely skilled at creating characters that come alive on the page. I really felt like I knew both the Will Graysons and even Tiny. While reading I laughed out loud and even became a little teary. I even read my favorite parts out loud to my husband!
Of course, I love the characters. But surprisingly, I think I enjoyed the minor characters even more than the main characters. Both Will Graysons are great, but, for example, who can deny how wonderful and fantastic Tiny Cooper is?! He’s very large person with a very large personality. In fact, I wish there really was a Tiny Cooper because I’d want to be his friend. I know deep down he’s insecure about his appearance and being gay, but he doesn’t let that show. He oozes confidence whether it’s real or not. He’s also a loyal friend to both Will Graysons no matter what happens between them. Plus, Tiny Cooper created his very own high school musical! He really steals the spotlight, pun intended 😉
The story is told from both Will Graysons, switching perspectives each chapter. As I mentioned, Tiny Cooper is gay and so is one of the Will Graysons. The really nice thing about Will Grayson, Will Grayson is the overwhelming success it’s had. It’s about time that a young adult novel featuring a gay character has been an overwhelming best-seller. Even better, is that both Will Graysons, despite their sexual orientation, are dealing with similar issues (and of course they are!). They both feel isolated, misunderstood, are afraid to love, etc. This is a novel that all teenagers should read, and because of how amazing it is, many teenagers will.
I can’t wait to rave about this once school starts. Really, the title should be Will Grayson, Will Grayson (Amazing, Amazing) 😀