Will Grayson, Will Grayson by John Green and David Levithan

***Since both the main characters are named Will Grayson, I’ll be referring to them as JG Will Grayson and DL Will Grayson in order to tell them apart.***

I’m kind of on a John Green kick as of late, if you couldn’t tell. Check out the book here.

Rating: [4/5]

Summary: Will Grayson, Will Grayson follows two very different Will Graysons. JG Will Grayson tries not to care too much or get too involved in anything, which is a problem when Tiny Cooper, his gay best friend, tries to set him up with the perfect girl, Jane. It’s also a problem because Tiny is writing a musical based on his life, and JG Will Grayson wants no part of it. When his fake ID fails to get him into a concert, he waits for Tiny and Jane in a nearby porn store. DL Will Grayson is the epitome of moodiness and angst. All he cares about is Isaac, his Internet boyfriend. He eventually goes to meet Isaac, only to discover that their meeting place is a porn store, and Isaac is not who he seems. Thus, the two Will Graysons meet. Then Tiny and DL Will Grayson meet and really hit it off. All of this relationship drama only puts a strain on Tiny’s musical.

Likes: There were some things I really liked about Will Grayson, Will Grayson. I liked the concept of two authors each writing from a different character’s perspective. Overall, this book executed that very fluidly in terms of the overarching story. It also dealt with some very important themes, such as the fact that there is more to life and relationships than just the pursuit of sex, as well as the nature of truth and possibility in relationships.

Dislikes: However, DL Will Grayson was really irritating most of the time. He was simply too tortured. All of his angst was really frustrating as a reader. It also frustrated me that none of the words in his sections are capitalized, and I didn’t like how the dialogue in his sections was formatted. I know it was to help differentiate between the Will Graysons, but I found it bothersome nonetheless.

TL;DR: Will Grayson, Will Grayson is an interesting and humorous read. I’d recommend it to any fans of John Green or to anyone who’s looking for something different in a typically cookie-cutter genre.


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