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Bookish Thoughts: Will Grayson, Will Grayson

Tuesday, November 22, 2016



“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

November 22, 2016

Are you a Will Grayson or a Tiny Cooper?

I am neither...sometimes I think I am more of a Jane. Will Grayson, Will Grayson by David Levithan and John Green was really good. This was a long time coming! I have been wanting to read this book for ages now and I finally did it! I usually don't like collaboration books, but Green and Levithan created a work of art that is really great. I found it hard to get into as the Will Graysons don't meet until page 111 of my copy, but the introductions were good as well.

Personally, I liked Gay Will as I call him way more than Straight Will. I also refer them as Will (Gay Will) and Grayson (Straight Will). Grayson for me was a very familiar character. He sort of reminded me of Q from Green's novel Paper Towns. I enjoyed his character because he seemed very real. Will, however, is an interesting character.


At the start of the book, Will (Gay Will) is this 'emo' kid who doesn't really care about anything and yet overtime we learn that he is a true romantic, a mathlete, rather intelligent, very sensitive, and just as socially awkward as I am. The only thing I didn't really care for was his relationship with Tiny. I feel like that is an unpopular opinion, but I just couldn't get into it. I found Tiny very lovable in the end and his story was very well written, but at times he was quite annoying for me to read. As for Grayson (Straight Will) I loved his arc. As I mentioned before he is a very relatable character and I think that is really important in YA books these days. 

Lately, in a lot of books I have read I feel as if the main protagonists have been very...unattainable. I think that is completely the wrong word, but just go with it. For example, I recently read A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas and personally I have never met anyone like Rhysand and not just because he is a faerie... However, I know a lot of Will Graysons. I love when authors do this, it makes it much more believable and I am just going on a complete tangent because I have no idea what else to say...

In truth, I have had a rather difficult time writing this review. I have started it multiple times and each time I have deleted and rewrote...I have never had this much difficulty writing up my thoughts...hmm does that make me more like Will or Grayson? Maybe I am a mixture of the two.

Anyways, a part that I really enjoyed was when the two Will Graysons met up at the theatre near the end of the novel. I won't spoil what happens, but I really like the way they interact with each other. Something I found rather interesting was the two different formats. When it was in Grayson's (Straight Will) POV it was written like a normal book, but when we are seeing the world through Will's (Gay Will) eyes, it is written somewhat like a screenplay. I think that in itself was enough to show the difference in their personalities. Grayson is very philosophical and likes to over think things, whereas Will just likes to get to the point and keep it simple. I am going out on a limb and say that Green wrote Grayson while Levithan wrote Will...mostly because I know how John Green writes. I have never read any of Levithan's books, but maybe I will now. 

The plot was not what I had expected. I thought there was going to be way more interaction between both Will Graysons, but in fact the story isn't really about them, at least in my opinion. Them meeting just jump starts a bunch of events that conclude beautifully. 

I am going to conclude this review here as I am running out of things to say and I don't want this to turn into a total BS show. I give this book 4/5 stars and recommend you read this if you enjoyed Paper Towns and An Abundance of Katherines.

My Goodreads Review: 

This book is the first collaboration that I have read and I was pleasantly surprised that I liked it as much as I did. I found both Will Graysons very unique and funny, but they also shared some qualities that made the story even more interesting. I didn't care for Tiny at the beginning, but in the end, he won me over.

Levithan and Green created a funny coming of age story that explored the epic weirdness that can sometimes happen in life and I thought it was great. I didn't find myself rushing to find out what was going to happen, but I also wasn't reading like a sloth either. It was a constant pace and after years of wanting to read it, I finally did!

I am not sure if I will read it again soon, but overall, a really good read!

Happy Reading!

- Haley 

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