Title: Will Grayson, Will Grayson
Author: John Green & David Levithan
Obtained: borrowed from library
Publisher: Dutton Juvenile
Read for: Amazon Best of 2010 Challenge
Blurb (from dust jacket)
It’s not that far from Evanston to Naperville, but Chicago suburbanites Will Grayson and Will Grayson might as well live on different planets. When fate delivers them both to the same surprising crossroads, the Will Graysons find their lives overlapping and hurtling in new and unexpected directions. With a push from friends new and old–including the massive, and massively fabulous, Tiny Cooper, offensive lineman and musical theater auteur extraordinaire–Will and Will begin building toward respective romantic turns-of-heart and the epic production of history’s most awesome high school musical.
I cannot gush enough over how much I loved this book! It has a bit of a slow start, introducing the reader to all the major players, but once it really gets going, it becomes something so much bigger than its tiny little binding.
I loved Tiny, the giant teddy-bear of a friend that Will Grayson, the first Will Grayson we meet (and will be referred to as “Will Number One”), defends in a newspaper because Tiny’s gay. It said a lot to me that Will Number One would defend him, and it endeared him to me a lot.
Will Grayson Number Two is a different breed. He is gay, but not openly so, and spends his days avoiding people, brushing off Maura, and talking online to a boy named Issac who doesn’t live nearby. There really isn’t much that endears Will Number Two to readers, and things don’t really start rolling until Will heads into the city by train to meet Isaac, and he is dismayed to realize that his so-called friend Maura has betrayed him.
The book alternates chapters between the two Wills’ points of view, and the two aren’t hard to tell apart. Will Number One uses capital letters, and it’s pretty obvious from his day-to-day life that he at least lives comfortably. Will Number Two doesn’t use capitals at all, and when anyone speaks it looks more like a chat room. Regardless of the differences, both points of view are interesting, and each Will Grayson has to deal with his own problems.
Overall, I really enjoyed this book. While I sometimes struggled with the run-on sentences that come with inner dialogue, I got used to it and finished the book pretty quickly.