Will Grayson, Will Grayson

by John Green and David Leviathan
ages: 14+
First sentence: “When I was little, my dad used to tell me, ‘Will, you can pick your friends, and you can pick your nose, but you can’t pick your friend’s nose.'”
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So, to be easy about this, I’m just going to agree with what everyone else said.

(Basic plot, if you’re the 10 people who haven’t read this: Will Grayson — WG1 — is a nodescript loser who’s friends with Tiny Cooper. He accidentally meets Will Grayson — WG2 — a troubled gay teen, at a porn store in Chicago. Don’t ask. Somehow their lives intertwine. There is humor, angst, and lots and lots of singing.)

1. “Tiny Cooper. Best. Character. EVAH. Just saying. Normally I don’t like people who act like stereotypes, especially GLBT stereotypes because it’s, as one character says multiple times, “bad for the team.” But Tiny – he’s MORE than a stereotype. He’s himself, and I absolutely fell in love with him. Not sure I’d want to be his best friend, but I’d love to give him a big hug.” – Amanda, The Zen Leaf

2. “The book’s compulsively readable and both Will Graysons undergo a great deal of character development. In fact, each Will Grayson is getting to know himself, something that most teens can identify with. And now that I think about it, I think both Will Graysons are learning some of the same things – learning to stand up for himself, learning to take risks, learning to define himself in the context of friendships, and learning not to blame the world for not meeting his own expectations. They’re both learning all of these things, but in different ways, on different paths.” — Abby (the) Librarian

3. “It took me a bit to get used to the sections where the Will Grayson writing them didn’t use capitalization, or really any sentence structure at all. That writing method always bothers me, but you get used to it eventually.” – Kelly, The Written World

4. “I love that cover. It’s so pretty. I see it as an abstract representation of the color and excitement of the ending scenes (Tiny’s play). Also, I loved the name of the band the characters are obsessed with: Neutral Milk Hotel. It’s just odd enough to work. ” — Nancy, Bookfoolery and Babble

5. “Will Grayson, Will Grayson has a lot going for it. The concept of the two guys with the same name with stories running in parallel, until they converge briefly only to diverge again, is great. The two writers have different writing styles which are evident by the obviously different voices making the characters sound nothing alike.” — The Book Smugglers

6. “I love finding books that are savvy, smart, silly, funny, intelligent, irreverent, and honest. This is one of those books. Put it in the hands of teens, let them see themselves in it because we are all of us there in this book. Gay and straight, we are there, and we can hear the truth and love being spoken in this novel.” – Kids Lit

I think that about covers it.

4 thoughts on “Will Grayson, Will Grayson

  1. I can see why you'd feel that you didn't have anything original to say. Most of the reviews of Will Grayson X 2 that I've read have focused on the same elements of theme and characterization. It was fun reading a hodgepodge of quotes, instead of the usual. šŸ™‚


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