Book Review: Will Grayson, Will Grayson (YA)

Will Grayson, Will Grayson by John Green and David Levithan

Goodreads Summary:
Will Grayson meets Will Grayson. One cold night, in a most unlikely corner of Chicago, two strangers are about to cross paths. From that moment on, their world will collide and lives intertwine.

It’s not that far from Evanston to Naperville, but Chicago suburbanites Will Grayson and Will Grayson might as well live on different planets. When fate delivers them both to the same surprising crossroads, the Will Graysons find their lives overlapping and hurtling in new and unexpected directions. With a push from friends new and old – including the massive, and massively fabulous, Tiny Cooper, offensive lineman and musical theater auteur extraordinaire – Will and Will begin building toward respective romantic turns-of-heart and the epic production of history’s most awesome high school musical.

My Review:
I really enjoyed this book. It’s essentially two parallel stories, with brief points of overlap. One Will Grayson is struggling with the natural changes in his friendship with his best friend, Tiny Cooper. Every time Tiny falls in love, he no longer has time for Will, but Will is sick of only being Tiny’s fall back plan. Will is also trying to figure out how he feels about his first. maybe, boy-girl relationship.

The other Will Grayson is hating life and avoiding telling anyone he is gay. Except his online boyfriend, Isaac. The two Wills and Tiny meet one night in downtown Chicago, and their lives begin to weave together. Tiny, also gay, is producing a school musical about his life and about love. I really liked that part of the story.

The characters in this book were really endearing. They each have their own issues, but they were really believable. I really enjoyed the two stories and the different authors. As always John Green was profound and just amazing to read. The plot in this book is second to the characters and their internal strife.

The love stories were cute, but my favorite plot line was the bromance between Will (the first) and Tiny. It is so hard when friends get caught up in their love lives, but these two friends are able to wade through all that and just be super adorable.

I sometimes have trouble relating to the main characters with male POV books, but I didn’t have an issue here. Once I got into this book, it was completely enjoyable.

Favorite Quote:
“That’s the problem: so many things are true. It’s true that I want to smother her with compliments and true that I want to keep my distance. True that I want her to like me and true that I don’t. The stupid, endless truth speaking out of both sides of its big, stupid mouth. It’s what keeps me, stupidly, talking.”

My Rating: 4 Stars
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    1. Thanks. I almost gave up on this one because I had to stop for a long time after I read the first 20 pages. It took me a while to get back into it, but then it was so cute. I'm glad I kept reading.

    1. Oh, I bet it was. I'm just so happy to have finally read this book. Now I just need to read Let It Snow, and I'll have read everything John Green. I need to read more David Levithan too. I liked his writing also.

    1. Yay! I hope you enjoy it. I had a hard time with a couple with An Abundance of Katherines. Mainly I think because I couldn't relate to the male main character. Looking for Alaska was a struggle at times too. Paper Towns worked better for me, as did this book. And I LOVE The Fault in Our Stars. The female main character helped a lot!

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