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Will Grayson, Will Grayson by John Green

Will Grayson, Will Grayson (edition 2011)

by John Green, David Levithan

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Title:Will Grayson, Will Grayson
Authors:John Green
Other authors:David Levithan
Info:Speak (2011), Edition: Reprint, Paperback, 336 pages
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Will Grayson, Will Grayson by John Green


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I'm sorry. This book was just terrible. John Green's character was unbearable from the beginning, but David Levithan's Will Grayson actually was three-dimensional. Unfortunately, once the two characters met, the book began its rapid descent into disaster. Unrealistic, painfully cheesy and dull, and endlessly ridiculous. I kept reading, waiting for the authors to redeem themselves — they didn't.
  csoki637 | Nov 27, 2016 |
This is a book about two high schoolers in Chicago, both called Will Grayson, and their friends: at first the Wills are separate but a sudden encounter throws them and their friends together and they both learn about friendship and love in the process. A nice quick and easy read for a train journey. ( )
  mari_reads | Nov 7, 2016 |
It's my least favorite John Green book, but it still earns 3 stars. At times I found it amusing and entertaining while at other times it seemed absurd. I loved Tiny's character, but I got the impression that John Green was stereotyping gays and that didn't sit well with me. The story was much more about Tiny than either Will Grayson, so the title is misleading. I would have preferred a stronger ending because the way it ended had me thinking "That's it?" My favorite is by far The Fault in Our Stars. ( )
  JennysBookBag.com | Sep 28, 2016 |
I swithered between three and four stars for this for a while, but ultimately, it's not joined-up enough to be a four-star read. Firstly, I wasn't crazy about Levithan's writing, which didn't help, but I can just chalk that up to personal taste. Secondly, the whole thing just wraps up far too abruptly. To borrow an Americanism, I didn't get the closure that I needed from that ending.

The characters are also various shades of "eh" as well. Will Grayson is easily my favourite, perhaps because for a long time I was the Will to my Tiny Cooper (whom I might post a copy of this book to if I can. I think it's more for him than me). However, my Tiny Cooper was a bit more well-rounded (not literally) than the character we see here. Jane is pretty much a non-entity, though I did like the Schroedinger's cat/physicist/douchebag bits rather a lot. will grayson, he of the non-capitalisation... I guess I felt that, especially at first, he was a caricature of depression rather than a well-fleshed out depiction of that affliction, and given that it's an important matter to me, I felt a little cheated by him.

It was okay. But I actually think I would have liked the book a whole lot better if John Green had written the whole thing, and I'm hardly a fan-girl of his. Here endeth the whinging.

Edit: Okay, I actually just made a bunch of assumptions about who wrote what and didn't realise that I might be wrong until I'd done it. I still think I'm right, and the general consensus seems to be that I am (at least in terms of who wrote what parts, a lot of people seem to like lower-case will, which, fair enough) but I should probably try not to make assumptions! ( )
  thebookmagpie | Aug 7, 2016 |
Hard to rate! 3 stars for John Green's Will Grayson, 4 for David Levithan's, and 5 for Tiny Cooper! In the end it levels out at about 3.5 though, because both the Will Graysons were oh so self-absorbed, and Tiny, although sparkly and fabulous, was unfortunately doomed to stay a flat character (and to get the short end of the stick. Boo!) and serve his purpose of helping the Will Graysons to develop.

John Green's Will was a little bland and uninspired, and I thought his quirks felt forced. His romantic entanglements left me cold, and I didn't get why his love interest would put up with him and his indecision. She also felt quite underdeveloped, and everything she did, her personality and interests, were only shown in relation to Will Grayson. I thought the shirt she wore at the end said it all.

David Levithan's Will Grayson, now, he's brilliantly written in his teenage ennui - seriously, I can't remember ever reading a teenage character that sounds so real. That meant I disliked him for the first couple of chapters; it also meant that my strong reaction to him led to a strong connection with him - so his heartbreak became my heartbreak when the whole Isaac thing blew up . I still couldn't quite understand his treatment of Tiny, and I felt in the end he was being more superficial than he liked to admit.

And Tiny, oh Tiny. I wish he'd had the chance to grow too, even if he already was larger than life - but in the end all he was allowed to be was a link between the two Wills and a catalyst for their growth, and I was dissatisfied with that. Hope he hits it off with the Gay God though. Go Tiny!

I hadn't read anything by either author before, and I don't think I'll go John Green anytime soon, but I might try David Levithan. I'm a little scared though, because I have a feeling he's able to completely gut you with that writing. ( )
  tigerbuns | Aug 3, 2016 |
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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
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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