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Will Grayson, Will Grayson Paperback – April 5, 2011
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“Will Grayson, Will Grayson is a complete romp. [It is] so funny, rude and original that by the time flowers hit the stage, even the musical-averse will cheer.” —The New York Times Book Review
ê“Will have readers simultaneously laughing, crying and singing at the top of their lungs.”—Kirkus Reviews, starred review
“It is such a good book. [Green and Levithan] are two of the best writers writing today.” —NPR’s The Roundtable
“A brilliant novel.” —The Seattle Times
“A winning combination infused with wit, sarcasm, and plenty of musical references.” —Chicago Tribune
“A moving novel when it comes to the matters of the heart.” —The San Diego Union-Tribune
“One of the best books of the year.” —Bookpage
“A hilarious collaboration between superstar authors.” —The Daily Beast
ê“A terrific high-energy tale of teen love, lust, intrigue, anger, pain, and friendship threaded with generous measures of comedy and savvy counsel.” —Booklist, starred review
“Entertaining . . . produces all the euphoria of an actual musical; readers will be on their feet.” —The Horn Book
“Irresistibly funny, insistently wise, and filled with the honest power of friendship.” —The Wichita Eagle
“This may well be the best novel that either John Green or David Levithan has ever written. Inventive and insightful.” —Shelf Awareness
“This novel as serious buzz.´—EntertainmentWeekly.com
ê“Powerful, thought-provoking, funny, moving, and unique.” —SLJ, starred review
“Original idea, well-written, humorous, touching . . . a great read.” —Outsmart
About the Author
John Green is the award-winning, #1 bestselling author of Looking for Alaska, An Abundance of Katherines, Paper Towns, Will Grayson, Will Grayson (with David Levithan), and The Fault in Our Stars. His many accolades include the Printz Medal, a Printz Honor, and the Edgar Award. He has twice been a finalist for the LA Times Book Prize. John was selected by TIME magazine as one of the 100 Most Influential People in the World. With his brother, Hank, John is one half of the Vlogbrothers (youtube.com/vlogbrothers), one of the most popular online video projects in the world. You can join the millions who follow John on Twitter (@johngreen) and tumblr (fishingboatproceeds.tumblr.com) or visit him online at johngreenbooks.com. John lives with his family in Indianapolis, Indiana.
David Levithan is an award-winning and New York Times-bestselling author of many books for teens, including Boy Meets Boy, Wide Awake, Love Is the Higher Law, and (with Rachel Cohn) Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist. He also works as an editor and, in his free time, takes way too many pictures. He lives in New Jersey. www.davidlevithan.com
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The characters themselves were amazingly easy to understand. Even though I couldn't actually relate to any of the situations they were in I still felt like the feelings were conveyed really well. The depression one of the Will's suffers was explained very realistically in the book and was handled in a way I haven't seen in many books before. He isn't discovering his depression, he's just at the point where he's living with it and it isn't romanticized. The other Will is going through problems with his love life (with Jane) and his friendship (with Tiny). I connected really well with the problems he was facing with Tiny and I felt it was solved in a wonderfully touching way.
Overall I read this book in only a few hours, so it was a pretty quick read for me. I just didn't want to put it down. It was incredibly funny to the point where i actually was laughing out loud and by the end I had cried at least once. I would recommend this to most readers as a great book about love and friendship.
Some of my favorite quotes:
-That's the thing about Tiny: his problems are so huge that yours can hide behind them.
-If anyone ever uses lol with me, I rip my computer right out of the wall and smash it over the nearest head.
-You like someone who can't like you back because unrequited love can be survived in a way that once-requited love cannot.
-One of these days, I keep telling myself, you'll learn to truly shut up and not care.
-But I mean, why do you have to fix the salad? Who broke it? I didn't touch it. Did you break the salad, mom? If you did, YOU'D BETTER FIX IT!
-Being gay is not an excuse for being a dick.
-It's all about falling you land and get up so you can fall again it's all about falling I won't be afraid to hit the wall again.
It has these more serious moments and it has parts that are kinda unbelievable and at one point or another every character is unlikable and they all have flaws and some parts in this book are just plain annoying but overall it's just fun. I feel like this is not a book that takes itself seriously which I love. I don't imagine it's one of those books that can change your life or the way you see things it's just a book that is extremely fun to read.(Jeez why don't I say fun one more time?) Fun.
I'm not gonna say it had the best plot or the best characters or the best hidden message or that it was even the funniest book I've ever read, I'm just saying I really enjoyed reading it and that's enough for me. It didn't give me all the feels but also it didn't annoy me to no end or make me want to smash my head against the wall. It's not a book that I will never forget but it is a book that I will read over and over again and that's really all you can ask a book to be isn't it? Something you want to read again and again just because it's fun?
Okay that's the end of this increasingly weird/bad review!
Would I Recommend This? Yes
Who To? People who just want a good book that can make them laugh and that they don't have to take too seriously.
Will I read more from this author(or series)? Is that even a question?