26. March 2012 · Comments Off · Categories: Angie, Contemporary Fiction, Fiction, Teen Books

Will Grayson, Will Grayson by John Green, David Levithan, 310 pages, read by Angie, on 03/16/2012

Two Will Graysons live in Chicago. They don’t know each other and they are very different guys. Will Grayson is a funny, sarcastic straight guy with a huge gay best friend (Tiny Cooper) and maybe a crush on a girl named Jane. Other Will Grayson is a moody, depressed in the closet gay guy being stalked by his friend Maura and involved in an online relationship. Then through a strange set of circumstances the two Will Graysons meet one night. Their worlds merge and change.

Each Will’s story is told by a different author: Will Grayson is John Green’s narrative and Other Will Grayson is David Levithan. They have very distinct voices but the different authors do not take away anything from the book. In fact, it adds to the narrative and they are very cohesive. The two Will Graysons are both interesting characters each likeable and not likeable in their own way. They have their real issues with friends and lovers. They have real parents who actually love them and listen to them (which I really appreciated).

But the real star of this show is Tiny Cooper. He might be my favorite character in any book I have read in a long time. Tiny steals the thunder and the spotlight from the Wills. He takes over both narratives and just shines. He is exactly what both Wills need to wake them up and help them get on with their lives and he just jumps off the page. I would really love to see his musical Tiny Dancer (I think it would be awesome!). And you can tell the story is really about Tiny and friendship and who is really important in our lives by the ending of this book…which was truly touching and made me sad that the book was over.

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