The characters are all memorable. Will Grayson and the Other Will Grayson are to very distinct characters, and their supporting cast, particularly Tiny Cooper (who is sometimes laughably over-the-top), is important in their own ways. Through their interactions, Green and Levithan convey the varied relationships that teens are faced with, whether it be with parents, their first love, or their oldest friends. The ending is very dramatic, but to be truthful, that is fitting with the persona of Tiny Cooper, and it came with some swoons of the boy-gets-girl variety. And, it must be said, there’s some heart-flutters of the boy-meets-boy variety, too, and all of it is conveyed in a lovely way.
But never did it feel like some sappy, fluffy love story. On the contrary, I felt it was a very real depiction of high school and falling in and out of love when you’re also trying to determine who you are and what that means.
The book explores the different ways that relationships can develop. In this small circle of friends and acquaintances, we see infatuation, denial, and unrequited love. We see the slow burn that comes with the realization that you really DO care about someone.
And we see heartbreak, of the sharp, intense, “dear god, please give me a reprieve so that I can breathe” variety. (Angst! Oh, the angst! But it’s never unbelievable.)
Anyone who has ever wondered where they’re going and why, or who they want to be, or even those who have wondered if anyone else has ever ached over the loss of a relationship the way that they have will enjoy this novel. I’m just plain glad that I read it.
Honestly, Will Grayson, Will Grayson made me smile for days.
This book created quite the stir in my book club when it first came out. Girls were losing their minds over it, but I read the description above and kind of backed quietly out of any conversation regarding Will Grayson, Will Grayson. Then I started loving LOVING John Green and David Levithan and decided to give it a go.
And the only thing better than one author with an amazing way with words is two amazing authors teaming up on a project like this. These dudes totally rocked it. Totally.
The story line is, admittedly a little bit wild and unbelievable and so out-there that it is hilarious…. but from this crazy idea of a story these amazing characters emerge. Not just Will Grayson and Will Grayson but their friends and families and just this cast of characters that you KNOW. While this would make a great movie, I hope it never happens because I have the cast of characters filled with people I went to school with, my parents, these other people around me. I think that writing believable, lovable characters is a huge strong suit for both of the authors, but when they came together on this one, oh man. These people jumped off of the page. I was mega impressed.
I also loved that it was written from a guy’s point of view (well, two guys really) and didn’t get all high-school-version-of-fratty.
An added bonus: I laughed out loud several times while reading the book. Witty lines and wild circumstances make this book a riot without crossing the border into “we’re doing obscure, crazy things for a quick laugh.” Good work by the authors here, because especially with such a crazy storyline, this could have dipped into that department very quickly.
This book wasn’t life changing by any means, but was a great example of a collaborative project that really just worked. I’d love to hear more about their writing process because the idea of writing a whole book together seems like the craziest, most daunting task ever. They were clearly up to the challenge and they did great, great work.
Somehow I got through this whole review without mentioning Tiny Cooper. How did that happen? He must be mentioned. Tiny Cooper, I love you forever. The end.
Conclusion: I’m having a hard time thinking of someone who wouldn’t at least like this, if not totally love. Reaaaaad it!
A lovely, well-written story of two kids named Will Grayson with very real, believable issues including how to deal with one’s homossexuality [sic] and depression. Despite its over the top cheesetastic ending, I really loved Will Grayson, Will Grayson.
I definitely rate this book highly, and not just because I’m currently in lurrrve with the writing of John Green, because David Levithan’s chapters were just as powerful and moving as the other half of the book. It’s because it’s one of those love stories that adds a new dynamic to the concept of love, the relative importance of friendships and romantic relationships and family relationships, and what ultimately really counts (hint: it’s not actually love). Basically, I LOVE THIS BECAUSE OF REASONS.