Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Will Grayson, Will Grayson: A Book Review

Will Grayson, Will Grayson
by John Green & David Levithan

I have heard so many great things about John Green's books for a very long time. I went to the Library before the Lovebug was born on a mad hunt for "The Fault in Our Stars" and "Looking For Alaska," both in which I have heard nothing but praise. Sadly, but not surprising, all copies were already in use and if I were to put my name to hold one when it becomes free (which I did), I would be number 81 in the waiting line for "Looking For Alaska" and number 234 for "The Fault in Our Stars."

The only book by John Green available was "Will Grayson, Will Grayson," so I picked it up and brought it home.

At first I was a little confused by the way it was written but soon discovered (SPOILER ALERT) that there were actually two Will Grayson's, not just one! Each chapter alternated between the Will's and not only that but one Will was written by Green while the other Levithan. Once I realized what was going on, I fell in love with the two writing styles, so different, yet it worked. It really worked. And the authors started writing with the simple plot as both Will's would one day meet. That was it. I love creative writing.

The story follows both Will Grayson's. One who feels like nothing is special about him and his life is worth nothing, finds a friend online who changes his world, while the other tries so hard to blend in with the world around him, although has difficulty because his best friend has a very large personality. They laugh, they cry, they meet up, both fall in love and their lives change! Enough said.

I definitely enjoyed this story. Its teen fiction and a very easy read. I must warn though, there are a bunch of swear words and some sexual content. Viewer dissection is advised. I must also warn that from the very first paragraph I was hooked. I give it  ☆. I was extremely impressed and excited that both authors took on a Will and didn't read what the other had written until absolutely necessary.

"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." This seemed like a reasonable astute observation to me when I was eight, but it turns out to be incorrect on a few levels. To begin with, you cannot possibly pick your friends, or else I never would have ended up with Tiny Cooper."

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