will grayson, will grayson by John Green and David Levithan
Will Grayson has been best friends with “Tiny” Cooper since 5th grade. They make for an odd friendship. For one thing, Tiny is anything but Tiny. Tipping close to 300 pounds, he is quite the opposite of his thin friend, Will. Also, Tiny is gay. Scratch that, Tiny describes himself as really, really gay. And sings it out loud. Really, he does. Will, is not gay. Now in high school, Will enjoys life as it comes to him, not really pursuing a girlfriend, life, can be complicated enough at this point without adding relationships to the mix. That is… until recently… because now there is this girl, who he doesn’t want to like… doesn’t want to be in a relationship…but cant stop thinking about her.
Then, there is Will Grayson. Not the Will Grayson, mentioned above. This Will is also in high school. He has a harder personality and not a lot of close friends. He has a secret from everyone. He likes a guy he met on line, Isaac.
ISAAC ISAAC ISAAC ISAAC ISAAC ISAAC ISAAC ISAAC ISAAC ISAAC ISAAC ISAAC ISAAC ISAAC…
It really is all Will (hence forth known as the “OWG” , other Will Grayson, thinks about, waiting for him to be on line, waiting to read what he will say… and one day he says the magic words… “Let’s meet.”
A random change encounter puts both Will Grayson’s in the same place at the same time, and this encounter changes both of their lives forever.
Why did I want to read/listen to this book? I am having an author crush on John Green. After listening to The Fault In Our Stars ( SUPERB narration – highly recommended!) I had to listen to another audio by him, and this one sounded like a really interesting one.
Will Grayson, Will Grayson is told in alternating chapters by the two Will Grayson’s. At first, this confused me on the audio as chapter two opened it took me a minute or two to realize that this rougher, angrier Will Grayson was not the gentle fun Will I had just met in the previous chapter. After that, the book just flowed.
While I enjoyed the original Will, I think it is safe to say that Tiny is the adored character. Obviously he is a really big guy. And he is gay, so he is used to a little harder lifestyle, a little more jokes and cruelty than most. But Tiny …. shines. He doesn’t care what you think of him. He knows he is BIG. He knows he is gay. And… he is about to write a musical about his life.
Another beauty of listening to this in audio is yes, it does involve a musical and I am not sure how that translates on paper, but on audio…. it is not only all sorts of awesome, it is hilarious. Narrated by Nick Podehl is a real treat to the ears. (Nick also narrates The Knife Of Never Letting Go series, Wonder, and several Harlan Coben books). I seriously not only fell in love with a sweet story, I laughed a lot, and received strange looks form my husband if he entered a room where my audio was cranking out a song about Tiny.
Note that if the sound of a musical makes you scrunch up your nose like you smelled something bad, don’t worry – the musical is not all through the story. It shows up towards the end and by that time you love these characters so much you want to see how they are going to pull this off.
I recommend Will Grayson, Will Grayson. It is a 9th grade and up read and I think that is appropriate. There is nothing in this book to cause a young reader alarm. If anything, it may help them understand others better, and perhaps… even themselves.
Purchased from audible.com