Will Grayson, Will Grayson

by John Green and David Levithan

Brief Summary: Two authors. Two Will Graysons. One porn store. And, more importantly, one Tiny Cooper. (It’s supposed to be brief, remember? šŸ™‚ )

Kell’s Chatty Review: If you’re reading this, you probably have read prior posts by me and understand two things about me: 1. I heart John Green and all of his books. 2. I’m much better at writing happy, fast reviews in the middle of the night with little regard for grammar and punctuation than reviews about books with good messages and understandings. This becomes a problem when I try to do justice for books that have messages and understandings because I feel like I’m just ruining it for everyone else. But, as no. 1 says, I heart John Green, and his books ALWAYS have these great messages so it means I have to give the whole semi-serious review a shot. So, yeah, my normal “I can’t do this book justice” refrain applies to anything that follows. Kay?

Will Grayson No. 1 (aka No. 1 from this point out): This is John Green’s Will Grayson and he opens the book for us. Within the first 50 pages we learn that No. 1 wants to remain an observer. His two rules for life are (in a nutshell) Don’t Care and Shut Up. He doesn’t want to care because, inevitably, it will only end in pain.

Will Grayson No. 2 (No. 2): David Levithan’s WG, No. 2 is caustic, depressed and in love with a guy named Isaac who he met on the Internet.

Tiny Cooper: To quote No. 1 from the first chapter:

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 world’s gayest person who is really, really large.”

He also is the heart and soul of this book, although the title may indicate otherwise. Oh, and he’s No. 1’s default best friend.

Yeah, but what the heck is this book about: So there are two Will Graysons, and they live in suburbs of Chicago, but are mostly unaware of the other. One (fateful) night, however, both randomly end up in the same porn shop. While this meeting could be considered coincidental and turned into a funny, random story by both, the meeting happens on a BIG night for both WG’s. No. 1 has been excluded and forgotten by Tiny Cooper again and is quite close to caring about it. No. 2 is there to meet Isaac for the first time in person. BIG THINGS happen that set in motion the remainder of the book.

The Big, Important Meaning Part I Don’t Do Justice: WG, WG is largely about love. Not just romantic/sexual love, but also friendship love and parental love and a lot of other kinds of love (including the love of the theatre. The Spring Awakening and Rent references made me SO happy). And it’s heartwrenching and upsetting, but also uplifting and giddy. It also has numerous gay characters, which sadly means it’ll probably be challenged at numerous libraries and schools. Which sucks, because this is the kind of book YAs should read. One with heart, humor and truth! (I can’t help but make it cheesy. It’s in my very blood.)

So, yeah.: You should read it.

What I most Wanted to Do After Reading this book: Who DOESN’T want to see Tiny Dancer after reading this book?

Where this book came from: My very own library!


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