Title: Will Grayson, Will Grayson
Author: John Green & David Levithan
Publisher: Dutton Juvenile
Publication Date: April 6, 2010
One cold night, in a most unlikely corner of Chicago, two teens—both named Will Grayson—are about to cross paths. As their worlds collide and intertwine, the Will Graysons find their lives going in new and unexpected directions, building toward romantic turns-of-heart and the epic production of history’s most fabulous high school musical. Hilarious, poignant, and deeply insightful, John Green and David Levithan’s collaborative novel is brimming with a double helping of the heart and humor that have won both them legions of faithful fans.
First off, I love reading books where I can connect with the setting. Living in Chicago, I really liked that I could actually picture where they were and what streets they were taking to get there. They even mentioned the street I live on
Second, I also really enjoy books that switch between narrators. It was easy to tell when narrators changed simply by the grammar and punctuation. The first Will Grayson is portrayed with proper grammar, capitalization, and complete sentences. The second Will Grayson uses no capital letters, terrible grammar, and rambling sentences. These styles of writing help to characterize each Will Grayson – the first being smart, a little more in control of his life; the second, perhaps a bit less intelligent, and suffering from depression and lack of self-esteem.
This book was extremely well-written, and the character development is phenomenal. Although both Will Graysons are great, my favorite character by far was Tiny Cooper! You can’t help but love him – so much personality, fabulousness, and hilarity rolled into one gigantic guy. I also grew found of Jane, who really seemed to be on her own little planet but was incredibly intriguing.
All in all, this is a fantastic book that portrays realistic relationships and struggles in a fun and entertaining way.