I had high hopes for Will Grayson, Will Grayson because I had heard so many good things about it. Going into it I knew that it was a combined product of two powerhouse authors, John Green and David Levithan. The first I had read something from but the second I had only heard speak about his work but never actually read it. (Note: I do plan on reading some of his works soon). Were my high hopes validated? Absolutely!
Will Grayson, Will Grayson tells the story of two boys who live a town away from each other and who share the same name. The first Will Grayson is an easily intimidated boy with low self esteem, a best friend named Tiny Cooper, and a crush on a girl and doesn’t know what to do about it. The second Will Grayson is his opposite, a boy who is a bit troubled and deeply depressed, and who is very much in love with his online boyfriend but who is desperately searching for life’s answers. One crazy night, the two Will Grayson’s lives are intertwined and nothing is ever the same again.
Both versions of Will Grayson felt incredibly real to me. It felt like they could be actual teenagers living out there in today’s world. I think that this was because they were dealing with such real and complex issues. There was nothing fantasy like about what they were going through. They were dealing with issues with love and friendships, sexuality and depression, and school and parents; and all of it pulled at my heart strings and made me want to see them find the answers they were searching for and win.
And you know who else I was desperately hoping would win in this story? TINY COOPER! For me, Tiny Cooper was the best part of the book. He is just so awesome. He knows who he is, and he is perfectly alright with it. It was so wonderful to read about a character that is so self-assured and who calls other people out on their crap in a way that makes them actually think about things and want to change. I wanted Tiny Cooper to be real because I wanted him in my life. I wanted to see his show!
Will Grayson, Will Grayson is a beautifully written book that is hard to put into one little category. To me it branched out over so many different spectrums because of all the issues that it dealt with. Yes, this is technically a YA book but I also feel that this is a book that anyone can relate to. It is also a book that teaches acceptance and love in such a non-judgmental and honest way that it makes me want to put it in the hands of people all over the world. I truly appreciated this book.
Disclosure: Borrowed from the local library
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