Title: Will Grayson, Will Grayson
Authors: John Green & David Levithan
Genre & Age Group: Contemporary, romance, LGBTQ+, young adult
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.
Source: School library
How I Found Out About It: Goodreads
My oh my, am I conflicted about my feelings for this book.
On one hand, I thought it had a very strong message and I loved the writing style, but on the other hand, I feel like it was a bit too mature for my liking, especially the characters. This is why I’ve decided to give it a solid 3 star rating.
I had to read this story for a book club (which hasn’t officially met yet, haha😜 ) and as you could probably tell, I only found it to be mediocre, balancing the same amount of good features and flaws.
For a brief summary, Will Grayson, Will Grayson centres around the dual POVs of two completely different guys named Will Grayson. They meet one night in Chicago and bond right away, despite their polar opposites. Their lives come together in some completely unexpected ways, and with the help of some friends, they create and perform a coming-of-age school musical.
Honestly, I liked John Green’s Will much more than David Levithan’s, which is fair because I personally like John Green’s writing and characters much more as a whole. Green’s Will was much more responsible, kind, and mature than Levithan’s, who swore or referred to something sexual almost every sentence and did lots of foolish things. I found myself wanting to fall asleep during Levithan’s parts, to tell you the truth, as it all basically just went over my head.
Now for the plot, it was slow for quite a long time up until the part when the two Wills met. To be honest, at that point before they met, I got so bored that I thought this book would end up receiving one or two stars for sure. When the story finally picked up, it got much better as the two Wills bonded and began their journey.
In my opinion, the morals of this story about self-pride and bashing stereotypes were what made me like it the most. The two Wills were at first scared of coming out of the closet and worried a lot about stereotypes, but by the end of the book, they both became so proud of themselves and proved to their communities (and the reader, of course) how stereotypes should be defied and forgotten about, which is quite amazing!
All in all, Will Grayson, Will Grayson was a well-written coming-of-age story, but I just wish I could’ve enjoyed every single aspect of it. So, any reader looking for a diverse read full of amazing messages and doesn’t mind a little bit of mature themes should definitely check this one out!