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Powerhouse of Awesome,
This review is from: Will Grayson, Will Grayson (Hardcover)
I've been waiting for this book to come out since it was announced. Some background on my reading history: I love all of John Green's books and I love what I've read of David Levithan. So, naturally, I had high hopes for this awesome collision of genius.
Will Grayson, Will Grayson is the story of two guys named Will Grayson: they are not related, they have close to nothing in common, and neither, in fact, knows that the other one exists. That is, until their volatile meeting in the middle of this book. In a porn store. In life-crumbling circumstances.
As usual with these two authors, the characters are realistically crafted and easy to relate to. There were times throughout the story that I felt myself nodding in sympathy or feeling vindictive hatred for the unfortunately dead-on portrayal of selfishness and angst that's common in most high school teenagers. What I love about these characters is that they are decidedly fluid individuals who learn life lessons and cry and hope and dissect situations to ridiculous extremes and hold grudges and appreciate love and friendship. This is the kind of book that reminds you what a coming of age tale is supposed to be.
My favorite character was Tiny Cooper. If I had to choose my favorite Will Grayson, I would choose Tiny Cooper. He was just that awesome. Tiny is the very large, very gay, and very fabulous best friend of John Green's Will Grayson. He has received funding from the student council in order to put on a musical he wrote himself called Tiny Dancer--which is, of course, all about Tiny Cooper. He is the show stealer of the book.
On the opposite end of the character spectrum, I never felt much of a connection with Jane, the love interest of John Green's Will Grayson. This is probably because I've come to expect much of John Green's girls. I was infatuated with Alaska Young and Margo was a fantastic multi-dimensional character. I had the same sort of problem with Jane as I did with the heroine of An Abundance of Katherines--I just never fell in love with her.
As for Levithan, I'm still pondering why he chose to write his portion using no capitals. I like to think that it's because his Will Grayson is just too apathetic to care about using a shift key. Authors trying to be innovative with the stylizing their narrative is usually a hit or miss for me. In Levithan's case, the innovation wasn't so over the top that it became pretentious, which--and I'm not naming any names--tends to happen.
For what's it worth, I have absolutely no regrets for paying the twenty dollar price for this book. John Green and David Levithan are a witty powerhouse of a team and I hope that they decide to do more work together in the future. I recommend Will Grayson, Will Grayson to all fans of humorous, romantic, intelligent coming of age tales.
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Initial post: Jun 5, 2010, 5:25:12 PM PDT
I'm going to assume you're referring to Chuck Palahniuk in your second to last paragraph. Or maybe it's just my visceral dislike of his books that's making me prejudice.
Posted on Nov 30, 2010, 3:25:08 PM PST
Mary Wagner says:
Heh, I thought of Cormac McCarthy personally when you mentioned that.
Posted on Sep 8, 2012, 8:37:22 PM PDT
Yours Truly says:
Levithan announced that the reason that his Will Grayson used lowercase was because that's what Will Grayson thought about himself. He was a lowercase person. He wasn't the capital. Will Grayson is also used to the online messaging where everybody uses lowercase, so that is why Levithan wrote it in that particular way.
In reply to an earlier post on Apr 10, 2013, 6:37:05 AM PDT
That's fascinating. I wondered if part of it might be the way he sees himself. Thanks.
Posted on Jul 29, 2015, 8:19:53 AM PDT
Is this appropriate for a 12 year old boy to read?
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