Will Grayson, Will Grayson
Will Grayson, Will Grayson is a young adult fiction written by John Green and David Levithan. It was published in 2010 by Penguin Books. The book about two teen boys both named Will Grayson and what happens when their paths cross.
Trivia - John Green and David Levithan had no idea what was the story about when they started writing the first chapter. They only knew their protagonist had to be named Will Grayson. One writer had no idea what the other would write about. Only after writing the first chapter separately, they merged the two stories. I found the concept interesting so I decided to give it a try. I expected two absolutely different Will Graysons and this book delivered.
I liked how the story started. Readers are met with the two Will Graysons, their separate life and so their separate set of problems. John Green's Will Grayson left me a little disappointed as his character is the same as every John Green's protagonist be it Paper Town's Quentin, An Abundance of Katherine's Colin, or Looking for Alaska's Miles. He is the tall, not-so-famous guy who shuts out the whole world and for some reason just can't express his love for his crush. But David Levithan's Will Grayson is a breath of fresh air. As the author puts it, he is in the middle of everything. He is rude to his mother but also does not want to hurt her, both over and not over his father leaving him, keeps his secrets to himself not because he is ashamed of it but because it's nobodies business. This Will Grayson is battling depression. What goes inside his head, his anxiety is depicted skillfully. The character Tiny Cooper, who is the best friend of Green's Will Grayson is adorable and probably the favorite of many readers.
What I didn't like about the book is at the end the focus shifts from the two main characters to Tiny Cooper. The story gets more involved in Tiny Cooper's life than discussing two Will Grasons' problems. Though the story becomes predictable at some point it didn't bore me at any time. The book is rude, funny, has people bonding over music, has some beautiful lines, and is full of life (thanks to Tiny Cooper). Though there are several shortcomings of this book I ended up liking the overall story. You can definitely read it if you are into Young Adult fiction or a fan of John Green and David Levithan. These are just my thoughts if you have read this book, let me know what you feel in the comments down below.
“You like someone who can't like you back because unrequited love can be survived in a way that once-requited love cannot. ”
―John Green, Will Grayson, Will Grayson
“That's what the voices in your head are for, to get you through the silent parts.”
―David Levithan, Will Grayson, Will Grayson