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Will Grayson, Will Grayson by John Green

Will Grayson, Will Grayson (edition 2010)

by John Green, David Levithan

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Title:Will Grayson, Will Grayson
Authors:John Green
Other authors:David Levithan
Info:Dutton Juvenile (2010), Hardcover, 304 pages
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Will Grayson, Will Grayson by John Green


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Will Grayson is a teenager who follows two simple rules: 1. Don’t care too much. 2. Shut up. He’s straight but his best friend Tiny Cooper is gay. Very gay. And very big. Lately, Will has started to feel like their relationship has become one-sided. Tiny has always been self-absorbed but he becomes even more so after the school gives him permission to produce and perform his play, Hold Me Closer, which is basically his life story.

A few hours away lives a depressed, closeted teenage boy also named Will Grayson. The only bright spot in his life is his online boyfriend Isaac, who he hopes to one day meet in person. In the meantime, his only friend is a gloomy girl named Maura who is so needy that sometimes he can barely stand her.

This book alternates between the two Wills every other chapter. John Green wrote straight Will’s chapters. He wrote his Will in the traditional style of proper capitalization and sentence structure. David Levithan wrote gay Will’s chapters with all lowercase letters with the dialogue written similar to texts. This method served his Will’s personality well.

In the authors’ interview in the back of the book, David said that he wanted to make his Will a character who is in the middle of things in his life. He’s gay and he’s fine with it. He’s closeted but only because he doesn’t like talking to people or drawing attention to himself. He has depression but he’s on medication and is okay. This is not a story about a teen struggling with depression or being gay. As David says this is a book about what happens next, when you have to live the rest of your life.

As usual, John Green does a great job of inhabiting the mind of a teenager. David Levithan is new to me and I was impressed with him as well. I’d like to read more of his books. My favorite line from his Will is, “when i look at the guys and girls at the other tables, i wonder what they could possibly have to say to each other. they’re all so boring and they’re all trying to make up for it by talking louder.” I substitute teach in high schools and I can say that I totally get what he means. They talk so loud!

Will Grayson, Will Grayson is a unique collaboration that worked really well. I think teen readers will find both Wills relatable in some way and will be comforted. I recommend this book to both teen boys and girls, LBGT or straight. ( )
  mcelhra | Jun 1, 2019 |
I admit I skimmed large portions of this book. It was ok. Not great, not bad. Ok. And high schoolers are so annoying. So glad that period of my life is over. ( )
  miri12 | May 31, 2019 |
Started out good, but lost me about half way through. It was a struggle after that. I love John Green, but I don't know about David Levithan. He's okay. ( )
  kweber319 | May 13, 2019 |
The Fault in Our Stars is the first John Green novel I ever read. It is also the only John Green novel I ever enjoyed. After finishing it, I hunted down his other books and was soundly disappointed. They all had some variation of a dull male protagonist, his quirky unobtainable love interest, his far more interesting friends, and his oddly lenient parents. I couldn’t take it anymore after Paper Towns.

But that was a year ago, long enough for me to recover, and I am so happy I gave this book a chance. Together, John Green and David Levithan wrote a lovely story about relationships, both romantic and platonic, as well as overcoming the fear of intimacy.

First Green introduces Will Grayson, a standoffish guy whose two rules are “shut up” and “don’t care too much.” His main goal in high school is to attract as little attention as possible. However, going unnoticed is out of the question when your best friend is Tiny Cooper, “the world’s largest person who is really, really gay and also the world’s gayest person who is really, really large.” Everything Will’s not, Tiny is currently working on an autobiographical musical called – wait for it – Tiny Dancer.

This book definitely would have fallen flat if Will Grayson was the main character, and Tiny could have sooo easily have ended up as the Sassy Gay Friend™. Thankfully, Will stays in a Nick-Carraway-type role, where he firmly belongs. The book also benefits from the voice of the second narrator, David Levithan’s will grayson.

will grayson is an angsty, abrasive guy who has a bone to pick with the world. “i am constantly torn between killing myself and killing everyone around me,” he says. will is on medication for depression; he’s gay but he hasn’t come out yet; and the only emotional connection he has is with isaac, a boy he met online. Despite coming from different worlds – well, Chicago suburbs anyway – Will Grayson and will grayson miraculously meet one night in the city. Romantic teenage shenanigans ensue… ?

These days, sincerity seems to be embarrassing. Showing that you care isn’t cool, and being a cynic is conflated with being a realist. And while I’m not any sort of teenage boy, I could easily identify with the narrators. In high school, I avoided forming close relationships – I still do, to some degree. Like Will Grayson, I tried really hard to be invisible. And like will grayson, I was angry and sarcastic. So I was touched to see both boys learn that connecting to another person – a friend, a parent, a partner – is okay. Yeah, you might get hurt or rejected, but if you want to find love and acceptance, you are going to have to take those risks. Tiny’s habit of falling in love could have been treated as a running gag – and it sorta is, in the beginning. But at the end, I realized that despite his previous disappointments, Tiny never stops opening himself up to other people, and that is a brave and wonderful thing. ( )
  doryfish | Mar 6, 2019 |
This novel is surprising in that it is crude, and at times vulgar, but delicate at the same time. The characters are both realistic and larger than life. I enjoy the different points of view, and how the Will Graysons are. It kept me laughing, and got my misty-eyes; just what I look for in YA fiction!
  LeaBeddia | Jan 21, 2019 |
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Romans over homoseksuelen kennen doorgaans een noodlottig einde. Er gaat iemand dood of er wordt iemand terminaal ziek. Dat moet een van de redenen zijn waarom homoboekhandels tegenwoordig veel porno verkopen om het hoofd boven water te houden, van de romans raken hun klanten depressief. Bij de jeugdroman Will Grayson, Will Grayson van de Amerikanen John Green en David Levithan is het totaal omgedraaid. Het boek is prachtig, met vaart en humor beschreven, alleen het einde is van zo’n suikerzoet Hollywoodgehalte dat het glazuur je van de tanden springt. Doodzonde. (En dan komt er ook nog een toegift: ‘We geven toe dat Gods liefde je nooit kan worden afgenomen, omdat je bent wie je bent doordat God je heeft gemaakt.’)
added by PGCM | editTzum, Coen Peppelenbosch (Mar 26, 2011)
John Green en David Levithan – Will Grayson, Will Grayson

dinsdag 11 januari 2011 om 17u00

Wie vreesde dat de laatste goeie roman over jongeren al was geschreven, moet Will Grayson, will grayson van het duo John Green-David Levithan maar eens lezen.

John Green en David Levithan – Will Grayson, will grayson
Uitgeverij: Lemniscaat
Aantal pagina’s: 277
Prijs: 16,95 euro
ISBN: 978-90-477-0327-3

Uitgeverij Lemniscaat houdt de vinger aan de pols van de betere Amerikaanse jongerenliteratuur. Bij bosjes worden recente Young Adult-romans vertaald. In deze actuele fictie krijg je niet zozeer 'probleemjongeren', maar wel stevige jongvolwassenen die evenzeer de greep op het leven verliezen als hun lot in eigen handen nemen.

De protagonisten zijn helemaal 'nu': well informed, opgegroeid in gebroken gezinnen, vroegrijp, en in die wirwar ook nog altijd op zoek naar de liefde die vriendschap heet (of andersom). De verhalen spelen zich af op school, in grootsteden, niet zelden hebben de levensechte personages megalomane projecten in hun hoofd.

Doordat veel scheppers van die jongerenpersonages zelf zijn opgegroeid met het internet, sms, msn, blogs, Facebook et cetera, worden communicatiemedia vlotjes in de verhalen geïntegreerd. Binnensboeks hoppen van het ene genre naar het andere is allang geen trend meer, het is bijna een must.

John Green en David Levithan zijn twee kleppers van de Amerikaanse Young Adult-school. Lemniscaat vertaalde een roman die ze samen schreven: Will Grayson/will grayson.

Dat samen knutselen aan jongerenverhalen is een betrekkelijk nieuw fenomeen. Uitgeverij Querido past het op een andere manier toe in haar reeks Slash-boeken, waarbij 'gevestigde auteurs' levensechte verhalen van jongeren optekenen, in samenspraak.

Bij Will Grayson/will grayson kozen Green en Levithan ervoor elk een personage met dezelfde naam uit te werken. In het ene hoofdstuk komt de ene Will Grayson (mét hoofdletters) aan het woord, in het andere doet de andere will grayson zijn verhaal (zonder hoofdletters). Tot ze - het klinkt geforceerd maar verloopt vrij natuurlijk - elkaar als bij toeval op een dag ontmoeten en hun levens verstrengeld raken.

Will Grayson 1 is een vrij normale adolescent: ietwat teruggetrokken, behoorlijk nuchter en onzeker, maar met het hart op de juiste plaats. Zijn identiteit wordt mede bepaald door zijn allerbeste vriend, Tiny Cooper: een onrustige, vitalistische en narcistische homo die 'out and proud' een musical over zichzelf en de liefde in elkaar bokst.

Will Grayson 2 is een ietwat geïsoleerde en zwartgallige jongeling. Hij zit als homo nog in de kast en kampt met een depressie. Zijn klankbord is de al even cynische Maura, die zich dan weer geen blijf weet met haar verliefdheid op haar homomaatje.
added by PGCM | editKnack, Annelies de Waele (Jan 11, 2011)
A wonderfully campy, sweet, romantic gesture in the spectacular style that readers have come to expect from these two YA masters.
added by khuggard | editVOYA
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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Levithan, Davidmain authorall editionsconfirmed
Andrews, MacleodNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Fuenfhausen, ChristianCover designersecondary 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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