Monday, July 9, 2012

Will Grayson, Will Grayson by John Green & David Levithan [Review]

4 out of 5 Robots!

Will Grayson, Will Grayson
By John Green & David Levithan
Genre: Contemporary Young Adult
Release: April 6, 2010
Hardcover: 310 Pages
Publisher: Dutton Juvenile
My Copy: Purchased
Reviewer: Shannon
Buy the Book: Amazon

Book Summary:
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.

Shannon's Thoughts: 

I did not read the cover flap very well because when I started reading Will Grayson, Will Grayson, I had no idea what it was about.  I honestly thought it was going to have some kind of Sci-Fi alternate reality situation but that is very very far from the truth. And that is a good thing!  It is not the type of book I generally read, but I usually like them when I do.  And I generally don’t get to read books where the two main characters are guys!  So yay for that!

The story is told by alternating perspectives of each Will Grayson.  John Green and David Levithan take turns narrating for each Will Grayson.  This could have been a train wreck, but it works very well here.  Each Will ends up with a very distinctive voice and I have no problem distinguishing between the two.  Green’s Will is introverted, timid and slightly nerdy.  His best friend is Tiny Cooper - a very large and gay boy with a larger than life personality.  Levithan’s Will is a manic depressive goth boy who is coming to terms with being gay.  The Wills end up meeting by chance and their lives become entangled through Tiny.

I was fully on board with this book...right up until the ending.  The book touches so many important adolescent themes - friendship, relationships, love, sexual orientation and depression.  The themes are handled with authenticity and poignancy and quite a bit of humor.  But then the ending happens with the high school musical and it is just a little too over the top for my taste.  I don't want to scare people away by saying that because the rest of the book is really good.

I would also warn that Will Grayson, Will Grayson is not a book for everyone.  There is strong language and sexual references.  But I really enjoyed it (minus the ending).  Both Wills come a long way from the beginning of the book and there are some very sweet moments between the characters.  Just don’t expect a sci-fi book - haha!


  1. LOL I read and reviewed this book recently too. It wasn't what I was expecting too and I don't usually read books with language like that. But I really enjoyed it.

  2. I know, right? At first I kept flipping between the page I was reading and then the cover flap blurb. I'm glad you enjoyed it too!



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