Prelude: When I drive to our cabin that is 3 1/2 hours away I love to listen to audio. This past weekend with my now graduated from College son, we listened to Will Grayson Will Grayson. When I tell my son we will listen to audio he eye rolls but appeases me. I… do not want to be appeased. I… want him to love audio too. And this is how it happened… ~Sheila
Will Grayson is 16 years old and has a best friend named Tiny Cooper. Tiny… is anything but. Tiny is humongous and his heart is just as big as he is. Tiny is gay – Will is not. Will takes a lot of crap for having a larger than life best friend who is gay but Will just puts his head down and plods on as each class brings him closer to the end of the school day where he can go home and get away from the drama that is high school.
When Will meets Jane, a girl he may or may not like… things become interesting. Jane is part of the Gay/Straight Alliance in their school and Will is not sure which one of those heading she falls under but she seems to like him. Perhaps… life just became a little more interesting.
Will Grayson is 16 and has fallen for a guy he met on-line named Isaac. Isaac. What a great name… but this is not the Will Grayson who is best friends with Tiny Cooper. No… this is another Will Grayson, or soon to become known as OWG (other Will Grayson)…
and things are about to get interesting.
Alright alright – it is honestly really hard to describe this book and why I love it so much. It has the untethered bound of John Green’s wit. It has the incredible narration of David Levithan that makes me laugh out loud as the guy is simply brilliant as he makes his way through this book with fantastic voices and occasionally breaking out into song. Yes song. Tiny is writing a musical… but that – is another part of the story.
I adored this audio when I listened to it in 2012 immediately following listening to Fault In Our Stars for the first time. Same author – John Green, in case you did not catch that. I was basking in Green. Literally and I wanted to share his incredible writing and audio with the world. Listening to it again two years later I fell in love with this story again.
So the verdict with my son? I gave him full veto rights to tell me to stop the audio and I would with no arguing or sideways glares as we drove. Instead – he enjoyed it too and so much in fact when we arrived back home on Monday he downloaded Audible to his phone so he could finish listening to it on his way home to the cities.
I promised him I would not gloat… but…
mission achieved 🙂
If you have not treated yourself to the amazing narration of David Levithan I highly encourage you to give him a try. If you have not listened to a John Green audiobook woo! You are missing a great level to his writing. I highly recommend Will Grayson Will Grayson on book or audio. Some day I want to read this one… I bet it is FABULOUS!