Will Grayson, Will Grayson by John Green and David Levithan

Last night I had every intention of reading a couple of chapters of Will Grayson, Will Grayson and then watching some tv maybe and then going to bed. I know, exciting plans for a Saturday night, right? You can see where this is going. Yes, I ended up reading the remaining 210 pages of the book because I could not put the freaking book down!!! There was literally not a single thing about this book that I didn’t like. Except for one character, but that’s ok because said character was annoying as HELL.

Remember when Ana and I debated over The Screwed Up Life of Charlie the Second and My Most Excellent Year trying to find a winner for the first Nerds Heart YA tournament? Remember how there were things that each of us liked both books but there were things that both lacked for each of us. Charlie came off a tad too angsty and angry and could be a bit harsh and judgemental at times. I thought My Most Excellent Year was TOO idealistic. I loved the musical feel of the book and the “everything’s gonna be alright” feeling of the book, but it wasn’t realistic enough for me. Well, when I finished Will Grayson, Will Grayson, I thought to myself that this book truly captured the high school experience right in the middle of those two. It captured it beautifully.

Yes, there is angst in high school. Shit, I was emo as hell in high school and I’m the first to admit it. I WORE EYELINER IN HIGH SCHOOL. There, I said it. :/ But that wasn’t all that high school was. In the middle of the problems and the finding out of who you were and the falling and the getting back up and the thinking that your friends weren’t there for you anymore when they were, there were great memories being made. There were constant adventures. There was music happening as a constant soundtrack to our lives. There was drama. There was the discovering of sexuality. There were early mornings and late nights. And John Green and David Levithan do such an amazing job of capturing all that in this book. Such an AMAZING job.

I guess I should do a really quick synopsis of what the book is about. And by really quick I mean REALLY quick, because I can’t talk long without giving away spoilers. Basically the book centers around two Will Graysons in the Chicago area, both around the age of 16/17 who are soon to cross paths. One Will Grayson is tied to his best friend Tiny who is anything but tiny. Tiny is a giant, loud, gay boy who is extremely outspoken and is currently trying to produce his first play, Tiny Dancer. Tiny is also friends with a girl named Jane who Will Grayson can’t figure out if he’s in love with or not. On the other side of town is another Will Grayson who is secretly in love with a boy named Isaac that he has met on the computer. Only problem is, no one knows that Will is gay. He hasn’t come out yet. Will has been pretty severely depressed for a long time, living at home with only his mother and his only friend is a controlling girl named Maura who he secretly can’t stand. But soon everything will change when both Wills meet.

I don’t know what else I can say that I haven’t already. This one just needs to be read. Green and Levithan make a perfect writing pair. This book was just everything. It was entertaining, it was meaningful, it was touching. Yeah…This one will be huge.

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20 Responses

  1. I now have to get a copy of this one!

  2. How did I not know about this book? I am REALLY out of the loop! Off to see if I can get a copy!

  3. SQUEEEEEEE…you really did love it as much as I did! πŸ˜€ I’m so glad you said that about My Excellent Year and Charlie…weird as it sounds (because I’ve never read either of them), I thought the same thing. Just from yours and Ana’s massively awesome chat about the two of them. For whatever reason, I couldn’t help but be reminded of you all’s review of those.

    Anyway, WGWG just left me on one of those amazing book highs! I swear I want to read it over again already! πŸ˜€

  4. I so want to read this one! πŸ˜€

  5. I just bought this book on impulse (to fill out an order with some CDs I couldn’t bear living without a moment longer — you probably understand that). Good choice, then? πŸ™‚ I have one book I have to finish then I’ll scoot Will Grayson x 2 in line, next.

    Nice to see you posting, love. Eyeliner? Really? LOL That just gave me the biggest grin.

  6. I am so happy to have this one! I ordered it from Amazon, but even more amazing, remember how I said I couldn’t go to the Green/Levithan tour? Well my friend Brittany went and SHE GOT ME A COPY SIGNED! They signed it to me directly! I put the picture on my Dream Ribbon blog. I was SO FRICKIN’ HAPPY! Of course now I need to figure out how to return the Amazon copy when it gets here, because I’m definitely keeping the signed one!

  7. yay! I’ll be trying to read this one this week in prep for hopefully seeing them at the LA Times Festival of Books. Can’t wait to read it.

  8. I have a copy of this book coming, so I can’t wait to read it! Great review.

  9. When I first heard about this book I almost had a fangirl fainting moment. My two favorite YA authors working together. **swoon**

    Oh and I so wanna see high school pics. Wouldn’t that be a fun meme!

  10. Staci, Seriously, you do! Such a great book πŸ˜‰

    Kailana, I have no idea how you didn’t know about this book, but I’m just glad that you do now πŸ˜‰

    Debi, I’m with you! I’m wanting to read this one again already too. And if I didn’t have a gajillion other books to read, I probably would. I thought of the Nerds Heart YA books right away after fininshing this one! You still need to read those πŸ˜‰

    Darren, You need to!

    Nancy, You definitely need to read this one! It was an excellent choice πŸ˜€ I’m glad to hear that you moved it up to next in line πŸ˜‰ Yeah…eyeliner :/ Not everyday…mostly on weekends :p I was a pseudo-depressed kid, lol

    Amanda, I saw!! I actually saw that post on your blog and got super super jealous, lol. Actually I was really happy for you and then jealous! I was reading on my iPhone though so I couldn’t comment. You’re going to love this book. I just know you are.

    Amy, Oh wow!! Are you going to get to meet them? You totally have to tell them that their nerdy friend Chris says “oh hai!”

    Vasilly, I’m sure you’ll enjoy it! It’s fantastic!

    Christina, Seriously, huh! It’s an incredible combo! It would be really great if we all posted high school pics of ourselves. I have some really embarassing ones :p

  11. Don’t you hate not being able to comment when on the iPhone! Drives me nuts! πŸ˜€

  12. This sounds really good and although I am many, many, many years out of high school I am pretty sure I can remember the angst part! Heck, there’s plenty of angst when you are middle aged like me! Thanks for sharing about the book.

  13. Okay, you’ve completely sold me. Want!

  14. I’m actually not sure if I liked it as much as My Most Excellent Year. You can shoot me now πŸ˜‰

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  16. Well if I hadn’t just bought this book from Amazon a few hours ago after reading Amanda’s raves and then Debi’s I certainly would have after this one, too. Can’t wait to get my greedy little hands on this one (this also coming from the girl who ran to the bookstore to get The Knife of Never Letting Go after reading all y’all’s reviews and still haven’t found the time to read it). :/ But this will be my FIRST John Green and David Levithan so I’m really excited!!

    PS–I’m ignoring Ana’s comment above. πŸ˜›

  17. This post made me all nostalgic for my teens, especially this line — “There was music happening as a constant soundtrack to our lives.” Seriously sometimes an old Nirvana or Black Flag song comes on and I remember the most awesome times!
    But yeah, I totally want to read this book – I need a good John Green fix right about now πŸ˜€

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