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Will Grayson, Will Grayson
What if your oldest, wildest, only best friend started writing a musical about your life…and it made you look like a joke?
What if the girl you didn’t think you were interested in started being interested in you?
And who is this other guy called Will Grayson?
The other Will Grayson:
What if you are technically depressed? What if you’re in love with someone you’ve never met?
And what’s the story with the guy walking around with your name?
So I hadn’t read this book until now. I know, I’m a bit late. But that’s only because I have a slight irrational fear of books that are written by more than one writer. That’s crazy though, because I’ve read other books with more than one author and I’ve loved them – Let it Snow and These Broken Stars are a just a couple of examples of this. I suppose it’s not extremely common to have a book co-written and I think it would be hard to do. However, by reading Will Grayson, Will Grayson, you wouldn’t this that was the case. This book flowed so perfectly and I absolutely loved the alternating chapters. I think the idea was that John Green wrote one Will Grayson and David Levithan wrote the other Will Grayson.
Let’s just stick on the topic of alternating chapters and different Will Graysons for a moment. The two different Wills were written completely differently. One was written in your average prose, the other without any capital letters and with dialogue: like this. The writing style of the latter originally threw me off a little. It was very unique, I’ll give it that. However, in the beginning, I wasn’t sure whether I liked it or not. The more I read, the more I realised how much I actually enjoyed reading from that style. There weren’t any unnecessary verbs – verbs… who needs them anyway? – and the lack of capitalisation was something I’ve never come across before.
So I suppose I should at least mention the two Will Graysons. This may be a little confusing because there are two of them, but let’s see how we go. The first Will we come across is funny and loveable and friends with the hilarious and gay Tiny Cooper. His attitude to things were to not care too much and to shut up. He’s an over thinker and likes to keep his distance from most. He’s the type of guy that would rather slink in the shadows of high school than be in the spotlight. I loved his somewhat shy and sweet personality and how he would notice even the smallest things about a particular girl. I know that most guys aren’t like that – heck, I haven’t even come across one guy like the guys John Green writes about – but it’s cute nonetheless. That’s why boys in books will always be better than the ones in real life. *sigh*
The next Will we have is almost completely different to the previous Will. He’s a closet homosexual, dark, brooding and depressed. There’s parts of him that’s cute and soft, but his overwhelming vibe is sad and complicated. And everyone knows that I’m a sucker for the dark and brooding boys. This Will is complicated and hard to predict, and that’s one of the things I liked most about him. However, it did take a little bit of time to get to know him and really understand him. I do think that the writing style with this Will fit his personality perfectly. Remember what I was saying about the lack of capitalisation before and the strange dialogue? That originality matched this Will really well because I felt like Will was a no-nonsense type of guy. And that’s what you’ll get with him; pure honestly, even if it hurts sometimes.
But the more I think about this book, the more I realise it isn’t really about the Wills. It’s actually all about Tiny Cooper. It’s often said that Tiny is the world’s largest gay person, but I think something is more true. He is a guy with the biggest personality and biggest heart in the whole world. He is honestly the sweetest character I’ve read about and I loved everything about him. However, he is very stereotypical and cliché, so some people may not like him because of that. I just thought he was hilarious and I loved him. I loved his passion for theatre, how much he cared about his friends and also his perseverance. He poured his heart into everything he did and that was really lovely to see.
I think my favourite thing about this book is the amount of humour it has in it. I was literally laughing out loud every couple of pages. Tiny is the funniest person ever and his production was one of the best things I’ve ever read. I really have to read Hold Me Closer – the companion novel to this book (and Tiny’s actual production) – now! I also really loved it when the two different lives of the Wills collided. They met in the most unexpected place and it was amazing to see how their lives become intertwined. How they reacted because of the differences in their personalities was also really fun to see. Overall, I really enjoyed reading this book and I highly recommend it!
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Will Grayson Will Grayson
John Green & David Levithan
Will Grayson Will Grayson is an interesting story between two different people with the same name, but two completely different lives. The book is divided between two authors, John Green who writes about one Will Grayson and David Levithan who writes for the other. The first Will Grayson is has a very normal teenaged life, with his two main best friends in the story, Tiny Cooper who is gay and writes musicals about his life and Jane who Will secretly likes but dosent want to tell anyone. The other Will Grayson on the other hand has a really depressed life and is always thinking about death. He likes a boy named Isaac, who he talks to online, but has never met him before. In the story, the two boys live two separate lives. All the events throughout the beginning of the book lead to the two boys meeting at the same time in down town Chicago. (Spoilers alert) This causes all different events to happen, for example Will Graysons best friend Tiny dates the other Will Grayson which causes friction between the two friends.
The story to me reflects true friendship and love and to appreciate it as Tony Cooper and both Will Grayson's are there for each other throughout the book. Even when there are troubles, they are all there for each other.
In this book I really liked how the authors put two different points of views into the story because it makes you want to read it more to found out what happens for both people and it makes the story line more interesting. I didn't really like how the second Will Grayson in each chapter didn't use any capitals, but saying this, it reflected how he felt, as he was depressed and not 'bothered' about life. The ending was really frustrating for me as it should of been continued, but I guess that is what all of John green books are like.
I would highly recommend this book to anyone from the ages 13 years up as it has a lot of things elements to comprehend. This book is a lot similar to all John Green stories as they all have a similar story lines involving a normal teenage life including love, friendship, relationships, anger, hate and long distance relationships
Overall Will Grayson Will Grayson is one of my favourite novels I have read so far!
REVIEW: Will Grayson, Will Grayson by John Green and David Levithan
Oh John Green. It's like your whole existence as a writer thrives on ruining my life. Good on ya.
Let's just talk about John Green for a sec. It shouldn't surprise you that this rambling review is of a semi John Green novel. You didn't really think that after seeing TFIOS, I would let him go*, did you? I don't know what it is about his writing. He is the only writer whose stories have me itching to finish mine. I want to change someone's life the way he's changed mine. Whether it's in the way I use the word 'okay', or in telling someone I appreciate them or anything, really. John Green's novels always make everything better (and sometimes worse, but always better. Roller coaster that only goes up, or something).
Acknowledgement here to David Levithan, whose portions of the book are great, but also made me want to throw the book into the wall. Points for effort, excellent story telling and character development but, Jesus Christ, if I wanted to read a book written by a thirteen year old, I would have dug into the depths of the box labelled stories-never-to-be-seen-by-anyone-ever and done so. Sorry buddy, but it doesn't really matter if the story you're writing is good. If it makes me cringe, you're out.
That being said, I think Will Grayson, Will Grayson is such an important story for teens and young adults, written about acknowledging and appreciating friendships, no matter how long or short, big or small. Books that teach lessons, subtly or otherwise, are my favourite kinds of books. Which is why I own over two hundred books that do exactly that.
There's a part I found particularly interesting only a few pages into this novel that taught me that exact lesson. To acknowledge and appreciate a friendship, even if it no longer exists. I am guilty of shoving a friendship into the back of my mind in the 'too hard' basket and refusing to deal with it. Whilst reading this book, I've accepted it, and I moved right along. Here's said part:
I guess that means technically, I left the Group of Friends, although it felt the other way around. Honestly, none of them ever seemed to like me, but they were around, which isn't nothing.
Important. So, so important. I was talking with a friend today about how we're finding that losing people is just apart of the phase of life we're in. We're growing up and moving into new jobs, studies and interests, and it's okay to lose people because of that. But just because you've lost a friend, that doesn't mean you have to erase them from your memory. They might not have been great, but they were there (in their own, isolated way, but still, there), and that counts for something, in anyone's book. You're just not meant to be with everyone forever. But sometimes, there are people like that, people that have even around forever, and will continue to be. Will Grayson, Will Grayson doesn't just show how you should acknowledge and appreciate all relationships you have. It shows that sometimes the ones you need most are right around the corner, even when you don't need them to be.
I think about how much depends upon a best friend. When you wake up in the morning you swing your legs out of bed and you put your feet on the ground and you stand up. You don't scoot to the edge of the bed and look down to make sure the floor is there. The floor is always there. Until it's not.
The story of the two Will Grayson's we meet carries you through having a strong, reliable friendship, then drags you through an inevitable feeling of loss in said friendship, ending with the high that follows when the friendship reignites. One of my absolute favourite stories. If you're at a point in your life, similar to mine, where you're not sure where your life is heading and who will be standing beside you, read Will Grayson, Will Grayson. Sometimes the greatest inspiration comes from a made up story that has the slightest bit of truth to it.
It's good, but not good enough to end up on the favourites shelf (it's a tough gig*).
I feel like this is how every review is signed off now.
Next up, We Were Liars by E. Lockhart.
* Would just like to confirm that I'm not harbouring John Green behind a bookshelf for writer-ly advice, though I wouldn't be mad if that were the case.
* Also that my favourites shelf doesn't not only consist of John Green novels. A review of a favourite novel will come soon.
I am a massive fan of John Green, and after reading this I am definely going to find myself some David Leithan books to read! I thought it was a really clever book, and I really enjoyed the contrasting styles of writing. The two different strories, with the slight overlap was really well done, I though it was a quite unusual way of writing and a very different story to most teen books.
Also, if you read this book, or if you have read this book- read the achknowledgements, yeah, I get it, I'm a total nerd for reading the achknowledgements, but they are SO funny!!!!
I understand that it would be a challenge to write a book with two different authors, with, generally, different writing techniques. However, I found that in 'Will Grayson, Will Grayson' the characters started off diverse but, apart from one being homosexual, I thought that as the story went on the characters picked up traits from each other, even before they met. Whether that was deliberate or not, I didn't find it effective, only confusing. The only thing that kept me on track was the fact that one POV included grammatical errors whilst the other did not. Perhaps that was the point.
Regardless, I struggled to actually get into the book, and only did so near the end. I found the plot wasn't very surprising, to the extent that I could guess a few things that were going to happen, and they did. Surprise, surprise. I'm generally a John Green fan, so maybe I am judging it to harshly compared to his other works. That being said, I just frankly did not enjoy the book and wouldn't read it again. The comic relief didn't amuse me, and I found the book a drag. I don't recommend. Sorry to any fans.
keep reading guys!
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.
Shock Horror! I didn’t enjoy this book. Many people have said how simple yet wonderful this book was, but I didn’t like the contrast from author to author. I tried to continue to the end but honestly the opening and character relationships; was a let down. After reading the ‘Fault in Our Stars’ I expected something different of John Green. Both authors writing styles were different and I don’t know if they worked together. Overall, I didn’t understand where the book was going and found it very hard to connect. Should I maybe try to read it again?