Will Grayson, Will Grayson by John Green & David Levithan
Published: April 5, 2011 (PB)
Source: School Library
I've only read one of John Green's book, Paper Towns, and I absolutely LOVED it. Many of his books are on my TBR, and I have one of David Levithan's books on my TBR. All in all, I had higher expectations for this book because I've seen many good reviews for Levithan's Every Day, and also many of Green's books. Will Grayson, Will Grayson totally BLEW ME AWAY.
In the first chapter it starts talking about being able to pick your friends, pick your nose, but not pick your friend's nose, it just pulled me in. It was weirdly funny and I really liked it. The two Will Grayson's are completely different people that meet, and their lives are both sort of connected not only through their namesake but through Tiny Cooper. Who ironically is gigantic.
The first Will Grayson is someone who believes that by shutting up and not caring, you won't get hurt by anyone. And those are the rules he lives by, because every time he breaks one of those rules, he gets hurt. The other Will Grayson suffers from depression, but unlike most, he is already used to living with it. He's also gay, but doesn't admit it because he doesn't "give a f***."
What I loved was watching both Will Graysons struggle with their inner selves and pretty much adapt to change. They're so used to living by their own rules, and thinking the same things, that when change comes, or when someone comes and REALLY cares about him, they sort of push them away. At the end of the book, both Will Grayson's were, in a way, completely different than they were in the beginning.
At first, I was appalled by the grammar of one of the Will Graysons, but it wasn't so bad because I still understood everything he was saying. All his sentences were typed in lowercase letters, and I was just really surprised by that.
Will Grayson, Will Grayson was hilarious but also a very serious book. John Green and David Levithan wrote a novel that a lot of teens can probably relate to. I fell in love with the characters, obviously not because they were perfect, but because they were flawed in such a way that I just.. loved them!!
"I now know why their called exes... The X is the diagram of two paths"