Will Grayson, Will Grayson by John Green and David Levithan (Review)


Synopsis: 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 of them legions of faithful fans.

Genre: Social Novel, Young Adult, Realistic Fiction

Cover: The cover has earned the reputation of looking very futuristic and having a syfy theme.  It’s really cool, really shiny, and colorful. The impression that I first got when I looked at it is totally different from what the book actually is about.

What I Have To Say: Because of the cover, I could have sworn that this book was going to be about two guys who are both named Will Grayson, who were cloned, and are part of this really weird government experiment, and they were not supposed to meet, but no. It’s a simple and crazy chance encounter of two guys who are both coincidentally named Will Grayson.  Will Grayson, Will Grayson is by far one of the most hilarious books I have ever read. If someone wanted to read a book with twists and turns, sarcasm, and relatable characters then I would recommend this book for them.In this book both Will Graysons meet on an unexpected night in Chicago due to some accidental turn of events on both of their parts. Upon meeting each other, their lives get intertwined and life gets shaken up for the both of them.

The first Will Grayson you meet is John Green’s. He is funny, sarcastic, distant, and absolutely loveable. He has two main rules:

1. Don’t care too much

2. Shut up

In his story, he breaks both of his rules and it’s probably the best decision he has ever made.

He tends to over think a lot and it’s always fun to read his chapters. He is shy when it comes to girls and usually keeps his distance from them because,  well, no one has actually caught his eye, except for Jane, who is a girl his best friend, Tiny Cooper, befriends. Jane becomes his love interest in his story and she is one of the coolest girls anyone will ever read about. Will cares about his friends especially his best friend the “very gay” and “very large” Tiny Cooper.  Tiny Cooper is putting on a production in his school and of course he’s incorporated just about everything from his life in the play including his two closest friends Jane, Will, and oh his 18 ex-boyfriends.

The second Will Grayson is David Levithan’s who is a darker character. He is depressed, gothic, and a closet gay teenager. Although he comes off as a darker character, he is actually very sweet and cuddly, but very sad. In his story,this Will Grayson does find out a lot out himself and what he thinks about the world.

Although the book’s title is Will Grayson, Will Grayson, I don’t believe the book is mainly about these two characters. I think the book is mostly about Tiny Cooper and how he played such a big role in both of the main characters lives. Tiny is funny, sweet, loud, and kind of obsessed with himself and the idea of love. I believe Tiny teaches both of the Will Graysons what love and friendship is all about through his actions and also through his musical called Tiny Dancer.

This book’s characters are relatable and downright hilarious. They seem so real it was as if I went to school with them and talked to them everyday. They were undoubtedly cool and interesting.  The book had me laughing out loud almost every other page and I have my book pages turned over where my favorite quotes are located. This book has some of the funniest quotes you could ever read and the most enlightening. Here are a three:

“I feel like my life is so scattered right now. like it’s all these small pieces of paper and someone’s turned on the fan. but talking to you makes me feel like the fan’s been turned off for a little bit. like things could actually make sense. you completely unscatter me , and i appreciate that so much.”

“ Not that smart. Not that hot. Not that nice.Not that funny. That’s me:I’m not that.”

“Should letting go be painless if you’ve never learned how to hold on?”

Those are just some of the really nice ones. The whole entire book is filled with funny and sexual remarks with vulgar language that only adds more personality to the characters of the book. Will Grayson,Will Grayson is hands down a must read for every teenager. It emphasizes friendship through the plot of the book and tells the reader how important it is and what being a friend really means. John Green and David Levithan really hit home with this brilliant collaboration.



2 thoughts on “Will Grayson, Will Grayson by John Green and David Levithan (Review)

  1. Lol all of John Green novels are on sarcastic, realistic, teenager novel, but if he wrote some sc-fi, thriller novel that would be interesting. The two authors here are some of the best YA authors and probably compliment each other perfectly. Amazing review!

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