Review: 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. –From Goodreads

Two of my favorite authors, John Green and David Levithan, teamed up to combine their awesomeness. Together, they created Will Grayson, Will Grayson. The story is told in alternating chapters by two people, both named Will Grayson. Odd numbered chapters are written by Green, while even numbered chapters (with no capitalization) are written by Levithan. Not long into the book, I forgot to pay attention to who was writing what and just enjoyed the way the characters’ lives intertwined beautifully.

Green and Levithan wanted to write a book with a plot shaped like an X, with very different characters’ paths crossing in the middle through unlikely circumstances, and then heading back in opposite directions. They accomplished this with great success, many musical numbers, and a fabulous ensemble.

Tiny Cooper alone makes this book worth reading, because one can’t help but love someone who is “the world’s largest person who is really, really gay, and also the world’s gayest person who is really, really large,” and writes musicals about love and tolerance. Bill Crider describes Tiny Cooper’s musical as “so gay that it makes Glee look like an episode of The Wire.” This might possibly be one of the best lines of a book review I have ever read.

If you are a fan of Green and Levithan’s previous books, you will love this book as well. It certainly has a different feel from some of their solo work, but the combination of poignant themes, heartbreak, and hilarious one-liners both authors are known for remains. And if you are not already a fan, then you better get reading, because you have a lot of catching up to do!

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