Will Grayson, Will Grayson
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.
Will Grayson Will Grayson is a story about smart teenagers dealing with teenage stuff any teenager (maybe just most) can relate to, and some adults might still remember. I certainly remember my teenage years, and I eagerly wait for the day my memory fails me and drops those high school years. Friendship and love was a key role in the plot. Not just romantic love—but the love shared between friends that cannot be explained by using the word so deeply connected to sex and romance.
The story is first person told by two people—both named Will Grayson. One is straight and one is gay. Both struggle with their own internal problems and issues with friends and relationships. Their lives collide and it’s that turning point that starts their lives changing. The plot was enjoyable, the characters plausible, and the humor amusing.
My favorite character is Tiny Cooper. It was impossible not to love him, really. There are Tiny Coopers out there, but I can see why some readers might not believe in the character—he just seems too optimistic. But I remember my own Tiny Cooper from high school drama and how perfectly fabulous he was in his large body and outstanding happiness.
As I said before, the story is told in first person by two characters. The odd chapters are straight Will Grayson written by John Green, and the even chapters are gay Will Grayson written by David Levithan.
My only issue came when I started on chapter two. It was painful to read. I spend a lot of time online so I can turn off that OCD mode about caps, quotes, and punctuation in general, but reading page after page of such hardship is not something I'd choose to do. I believe this was artist expression for the character (he hates everything and that includes punctuation), or maybe to set apart the two Wills, but it doesn’t make it any easier to understand. I have no idea why any publisher would allow half a book to read like this. I had to slow my reading to just understand the even chapters. If the book had been borrowed, not purchased, I might have stopped reading altogether after drudging through two of these chapters.
The read was short but worth the buy despite the even chapters making my head nearly implode. The Will Grayson characters, especially gay Will, grow during the story—and I do love character development. The ending was heartwarming even if I don’t believe any teenager could pull it off in real life. I read other reviews that point out that the ending is over the top and not believable. It might seem a tad extreme, but in fiction, the impossible is possible. And that’s the wonder of fiction anyway.