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Will Grayson, Will Grayson by John Green

Will Grayson, Will Grayson

by John Green (Author), David Levithan (Author)

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Interesting book about 2 boys with the same name who meet. Both have relationships with the same friend: one is his best friend, the other as a boyfriend. There are several different story lines to the book but the overall subject is friendship. I didn't think I would like this book but was pleasantly surprised that I did. For upper teens only since the story revolves around a gay boy. ( )
  SparklePonies | Apr 9, 2014 |
It was different, I will give this book that. I loved the concept on two authors creating characters by the same name and merging their lives together. I read the interviews at the back of the book and I was amazed to find out both John Green and David Levithan wrote their first chapters and then showed each other - they both created characters before even conversing with each other. The possibilities this book could have had is extraordinary.

I really admire the way Levithan managed to write through the eyes of an angsty, hatred filled and depressed teen. I've read books that are full of depressed characters, but I really felt that this character's story was believable. I also loved the format of the story - how the actual story was laid out on the page. No capital letters to show how the character is beyond caring and doesn't feel the need to express emotions and how all verbal conversations were written through the IM format - just proving that Levithan's Will Grayson is secluded, not quite connecting with others even though communicating with them. I also really loved the humour Levithan incorporated. It literally did make me "lol" (even though Will would be killing me for using that terminology right now) and used the exact terminology the teenage generation would use today.

So then, the reason I only gave this story three stars? I just felt like it really didn't have a story line. The underlying concept of two strangers meeting in a completely random, and highly unusual place/time for both of the them, with only their name in common, could of been the start of a brilliant story. However, I thought the book's chances were ruined by that bloody "Tiny Dancer" play rubbish. Eugh, I know Tiny was a huge part of both stories, changing both characters for the better (which was the main part of the book - I know), but he was just so over-characterised, I really didn't believe it. I didn't fall for his charms like everyone else in the book and I can't believe that a play that ridiculous would ever be authorised with a grant and for public viewing!!
I also spent the entire book waiting for the "bang" moment, but nothing ever happened. I felt like the entire time after both characters met, nothing happened - the story just under-delivered.

Don't get me wrong, I loved how accepting and supportive both characters were about homosexuality and I loved how the book is one massive, supportive piece of literature on this topic also, but I just felt it was tarnished by the cheesy "Tiny Dancer" storyline.

Oh the potential...

you know, how people say it's good luck if a bird shits on you? and people believe it! i just want to grab them and say, 'dude, don't you realize this whole superstition was made up because no one could think of anything else good to say to a person who'd just been shit upon? ( )
  LaurenKathryn | Mar 31, 2014 |
This is an amazing book and the first John Green work to really WOW me. This is a story of two Will Graysons as they try to sort out their lives, problems, and friends. One another facet of this which I enjoy is that two of the main/major characters are gay. This is a must read for anyone that loves teen books. ( )
  WiseYoungFools | Mar 17, 2014 |
Will Grayson #1 hopes to get through life by following all of the rules, never questioning, doing what he’s told, and keeping his mouth shut. Oddly enough, his larger than life gay best friend Tiny Cooper is just the opposite. He is as large in personality as he is in sheer size and his life goal is to be the center of attention. Will Grayson #2 is the definition of “no one understands me, therefore I hate everyone” destructive teen angst. He has a vicious trick played on him by a frustrated acquaintance and this puts him in the path of Will Grayson #1 and Tiny Cooper. Everyone struggles to come to terms with their own hopes, fears, and inadequacies while at the same time being swept up in Tiny’s over the top musical production. The whole thing is so crazy awesome that my mere words could never convey all of the fabulous that is Will Grayson, Will Grayson.

The narrators of this audio MacLeod Andrews and Nick Podehl did a phenomenal job of taking these extraordinary characters and bringing them to life. This was absolutely one of my favorite audio books of all time. Each of the individual personalities were so perfectly reflected in the narration that I was swept away into this story. Every nuance of feeling was so perfectly expressed, it was like a theatrical performance in my headphones! These guys even sang!! (badly and loudly!!) And it was INCREDIBLE! This is the kind of awesome that happens when the right narrators get the right book – absolute perfection! If you’ve even thought about reading Will Grayson, Will Grayson I urge you to grab the audio as well. It’s a book you’ll want to read more than once, so make one of those “reads” a “listen.” This is currently available at Audible.com.

Every time I open a book, I’m hoping for exactly what I found in Will Grayson, Will Grayson; engaging characters that not only come to life but who also welcome me into their story so that I feel like I’m a part of their inner circle. At the beginning of the book, I wanted so much to have a BFF like Tiny! By the middle, I felt like me and Tiny have been friends forever and that I could share knowing glances and inside jokes with the Will Graysons about our larger than life friend’s flair for the dramatic. Tiny’s personality was so big, it was almost like he was snatching up the pages faster than I could read them while yelling “They’re mine, its all about me!!!” But even next to this overwhelming character, Will Grayson one and two still managed to shine in their own offbeat way while at the same time they both seemed to gravitate to that magnetic light that was Tiny Cooper.

This book tells a story both heartfelt and poignant while at the same time being fun and fabulously witty . Several times I found myself laughing out loud while simultaneously having tears rolling down my cheeks. This story touches on the heart and soul of the true meaning of friendship, sometimes uncomfortable and even painful, certainly flawed, but ultimately worth it all.
The strength of Will Grayson, Will Grayson is equal parts the wonderful writing and the amazing characterization. Its rare that I find characters that I not only felt like I could be friends with, but who, by the end of the book, I almost felt like we were friends. This is my first time reading a book by either John Green or David Levithan but I plan to buy each one of their books. Not surprisingly, I will be rating this a 5 but honestly, there are not enough stars for the rating that Will Grayson, Will Grayson deserves. If this is an example of YA contemporary, give me more!

I picked Will Grayson, Will Grayson up in honor of Just Contemporary, the month long tribute to YA Contemporary books hosted by Basically Amazing Books and Chick Loves Lit. ( )
  a.happy.booker | Mar 14, 2014 |
Will Grayson meet Will Grayson: two very different authors, two very different styles, two very different stories of two teens with the same name. John Green and David Levithan take turns at presenting "their" Will; each story is good; together they produce an alchemy of greatness re: relationships. OWG (the Original Will Grayson) befriends the oversized, flamboyantly gay Tiny. OWG pines for Jane and quietly yearns for a taste of Tiny's passion for life. WG (Will Grayson) is a closeted gay teen --depressed but coping, most days-- whose best friend, Maura deceives him into realizing his sexual preference. OWG and WG meet cute in a porn shop in Chicago (really) and their lives intersect in surprising ways. A terrific look at love, relationships, and friendships in all of their myriad forms. If the dialogue is a bit too slick can we just pretend that all YAs are really that insightful and smart? ( )
  mjspear | Mar 6, 2014 |
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A wonderfully campy, sweet, romantic gesture in the spectacular style that readers have come to expect from these two YA masters.
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Two superstar authors pair up and really deliver the goods, dishing up a terrific high-energy tale of teen love, lust, intrigue, anger, pain, and friendship threaded with generous measures of comedy and savvy counsel.
added by khuggard | editBooklist, John Peters
...complete with honest language, interesting characters, and a heartfelt, gritty edge, this quirky yet down-to-earth collaboration by two master YA storytellers will keep readers turning pages.
added by khuggard | editSchool Library Journal, Diane P. Tuccillo

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Green, JohnAuthorprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Levithan, DavidAuthormain authorall editionsconfirmed
Andrews, MacleodNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Fuenfhausen, ChristianCover designersecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Podehl, NickNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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When I was little, my dad used to tell me, “Will, you can pick your friends, and you can pick your nose, but you can’t pick your friend’s nose."
Tiny Cooper is not the world's gayest person, and he is not the world's largest person, but I believe he may be the world's largest person who is really, really gay, and also the the world's gayest person who is really, really large.
There are probably some girls who don’t want guys to show up at their house randomly on a Tuesday night with questions about Edwin Schrodinger. I am sure such girls exist. But they don’t live at my house.
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Will Grayson, meet Will Grayson

One cold night, in a most unlikely corner of Chicago, two strangers cross paths. Two teens with the same name, running in two very different circles, suddenly find their lives going in new and unexpected directions, culminating in heroic turns-of-heart and the most epic musical ever to grace the high school stage.
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When two teens, one gay and one straight, meet accidentally and discover that they share the same name, their lives become intertwined as one begins dating the other's best friend, who produces a play revealing his relationship with them both.

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