Thursday, May 12, 2016

Review: Will Grayson, Will Grayson

Author: John Green and David Levithan
Goodreads Rating: 3.87
Pages: 310
 Will Grayson meets Will Grayson. One cold night, in a most unlikely corner of Chicago, two strangers are about to cross paths. From that moment on, their world will collide and lives intertwine.

It's not that far from Evanston to Naperville, but Chicago suburbanites Will Grayson and Will Grayson might as well live on different planets. When fate delivers them both to the same surprising crossroads, the Will Graysons find their lives overlapping and hurtling in new and unexpected directions. With a push from friends new and old - including the massive, and massively fabulous, Tiny Cooper, offensive lineman and musical theater auteur extraordinaire - Will and Will begin building toward respective romantic turns-of-heart and the epic production of history's most awesome high school musical.

 To be honest, based on the description I was getting some serious sci-fi/parallel universe vibes. When I started reading and found out it wasn't, I was a little disappointed. However, the more I read, the more I actually really enjoyed it.

Contemporary books really aren't my thing; I tend to be very picky with which ones I like. This book ended up being very relatable to, at least myself. I connected instantly with Will Grayson IMing Isaac. I remember sitting at my computer waiting for my crush to IM me and acting like I wasn't waiting there the whole time (and I feel many people from the days when IM was a more popular thing can relate to that as well).

I really like the writing style and the two view points with different writing styles for the two different Will Graysons. It's very unique and I think it really helped me get into the head of each Will Grayson (not to mention helped me remember which Will Grayson I was reading about).

The book also dealt very nicely with almost every tough aspect of being a teen: being gay, questioning friendships, starting to like someone, depression, etc. It's a story about love and heart break and everything high school.

I think Tiny Cooper said it best when he said, "Stop thinking about the landing, because it's all about the falling." It's a great book about showing appreciation for the people closest to you. I honestly think this book should have been titled, "Tiny Cooper and the Will Graysons". Tiny Cooper is just fabulous and I think everyone needs a little Tiny Cooper in their life.

Overall, an interesting and thought-provoking book that all teachers and students will enjoy.

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