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Will Grayson, Will Grayson by John Green and David Levithan book review

Brilliant. Just brilliant.



Will Grayson, meet Will Grayson.

One cold night, in the most unlikely corner of Chicago, two strangers cross paths. Two teens with the same name, running 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 to grace the high school stage.

This book was just pure genius!

It starts off from the perspective of Will Grayson… best friends with Tiny Cooper who wants to put on a school musical based on his life Tiny Dancer.
This Will is a bit of a romance pessimist and doesn’t understand why Tiny can fall in love over and over again with different boys.
Then enters Jane. The girl wants and doesn’t want to be with. He likes her but doesn’t like her. He wants to date her but doesn’t want to date her… its all over the place!

Then there’s the second Will Grayson whose life we see from that of a chatroom where he’s talking to a boy called Isaac and who Will is most definitely in love with. We see this Will’s life differently to the other Will. This one is gay but who hasn’t actually admitted it to anyone yet. His one friend Maura is trying, and failing, to hook up with him. This Will is depressive and lives a fairly normal life. He also wants to murder everyone!

And then cancel comes along… gay Will agrees to meet with Isaac and the other Will, along with his friends, decide to go to a concert. Only Will’s fake ID gives him the wrong age so he’s forced to wait around Chicago until the concert is over.
There he stumbles over a porn shop and decides to use his time wisely… well sort of wisely.

There he decides that he’s going to buy something to laugh over with Tiny and Jane.

While he buys the magazine Mano a Mano, he hands over his credit card to the till bloke and realizes that his credit card name and fake ID name are totally different.

Then he meets the other Will Grayson. And the pair become, unlikely, allies.

Gay Will Grayson kisses Tiny Cooper and the pair become a couple. Whereas the other Will Grayson is trying to figure out what he wants with Jane… after they kiss of course.

Que Tiny’s musical, a few kisses between Gay Will and Tiny (a scene that clearly indicates more than kissing *wink wink*) and of course some truths that will always come out.

The book ends on a good note though. Even if there was some heartache along the way!

I absolutely, 100%, totally, definitely am in love with this book! Seriously it was hilarious and heartwearming and thought provoking along the way.

The characters were just so real, it was like you could reach into the book and talk/touch/slap them!

John Green and David Levithan are a great writing team. I haven’t read any of David Levithan’s books but after this book I most certainly will. You could tell who was writing which part and there writing styles are quite similar; humorous and thoughtful.

You get into the mindset of the characters and you start to love them like they are your own friends and you really hope that everything works out for all the characters. And Tiny! Ahhh I loved him and what he says to Will Grayson when they are breaking up… it just tugs at your heartstrings. And the funny parts in them… god it made my stomach hurt! At one point I was laughing on the train! There are just so many parts that I loved in this book. I just can’t choose a favourite part!

For all the front these characters put on, you could see the vulnerability in them and it made them that more lovable.

You really really need to read This book! John Green is an absolute legend and David Levithan is just amazing! Definitely read this book!

5 out of 5 stars 😀


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