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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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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 |
Not my favorite of either author's books, but I looooved it all the same! It took a while to really get going, but once it did, it was wonderful! Also, it was nice to see some big people featured in Young Adult literature, in a way that isn't mocking, or degrading. ( )
  paperbuildings | Jan 20, 2019 |
amazing book, John Green books are a work of art. ( )
  perksofbeingpeculiar | Jan 17, 2019 |
This is a story of a boy - named Will Grayson who meets another boy named Will Grayson. One Will is straight, and one is gay. They run in two completely different circles. Once they meet, their lives intertwine. The story is told by the points of view of both Wills (one chapter was straight Will, the next - gay Will) and even though they are from different sides of the tracks, they both experience love and sadness and friendship in the same way.

This was a pretty good book. I like one book that John Green wrote, and I find myself trying many of this books. This one was better than "Looking for Alaska", but not as good as "Fault In Our Stars". I loved one character in this book - Tiny Cooper. We never really learn what his actual first name is, but Tiny is huge. Over 6 feet tall and 300 pounds. And gay. He becomes the common factor between the two Will Graysons and the reason their lives intertwine. The book ends on a high note, but I do wish it would have gone on a few more pages. It doesn't really tell me what I wanted to know about one of the Will Graysons - even though I think it is implied. But I felt unsure, so I felt a little let down by the end.

Also - there is quite a bit of swearing in this book. It is a YA and I think of my own almost 13 year old and think I am not ready for her to read these books yet. She probably hears enough of it on the bus to fill a book on its own, but I think that for YA novels - they could keep the swearing to a minimum. It doesn't add to the book at all. A few is one thing, but this one was worse than most.

Now that I have given my "mom" thoughts on the book, my final word is - give it a try. ( )
  JenMat | Jan 10, 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
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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