Will Grayson, Will Grayson is an exquisitely crafted novel told from two very different perspectives, two characters who happen share the same name. Chapters are written by each of the Will Graysons' points of view, and as the chapters alternate between the two, so does the author. One Will Grayson is written by John Green, the other Will Grayson written by David Levithan.
Will Grayson is a clinically depressed teenager, who has a difficult time relating to anyone. He is gay, but has not come out to his mom or friends yet, probably because he has very little faith in people in general and he doesn't trust them with something so huge.
The other Will Grayson is a typical teenager with friends, a love for music and a flamboyantly gay, and larger-than-life best friend, Tiny Cooper, who is writing, directing, producing, and starring in his own autobiographical musical.
Early on in the book, in a porn store in Chicago of all places, the two Will Graysons meet - and their lives are forever changed. What comes after is pure magic. These two teenage boys, trying to figure out who they are and how they relate to the world, are brought together and form an instant connection through their shared name. Even though on the outside they are quite opposite, on the inside, they aren't much different from one another...or anyone else for that matter. They're like any of us at 16, trying to figure out who they are, learning to trust the world around them and the people in it, and overcoming the fear of telling someone you love them.
Laughed out loud? Quite a lot, Yes.
Shed a tear or two? Yes.
Rooted for the characters? Oh my gosh,Yes.
Note on the Audio: Brilliant! Brilliant! Brilliant! MacLoed Andrews and Nick Podehl deserve a standing ovation!! Each narrator represents one of the Will Graysons in the novel, but both manage to nail Tiny Cooper's character, as well as belt out quite a few songs in the process. I am sure I would have enjoyed the book, no doubt, but the audiobook was an experience!
I APPRECIATE YOU, TINY COOPER!!!
Perfect for audio, WILL GRAYSON, WILL GRAYSON is on my required reading list for all YA-lovers out there!
John Green website, Twitter
Penguin book page - excerpt, awards, etc.
About the Book:
About the Audiobook:
MacLeod Andrews (Narrator), Nick Podehl (Narrator)
About the Authors: (from Penguin website)
John Green is an award-winning, New York Times-bestselling author whose 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. 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.
David Levithan is the author of the ALA Best Books for Young Adults Boy Meets Boy and The Realm of Possibility, and Are We There Yet? He lives in Hoboken, New Jersey