Title: Will Grayson, Will Grayson
Author: John Green and David Levithan
Publication Date: April 6, 2010
Publisher: Dutton Children's
Age Rating: Readers over 14
My Opinion: 8/10
Happy first day of school! Now that kids are back in school, their thoughts are filled with friends, sports, and homework. It's much more difficult to make time for a good book during the school year, but Will Grayson, Will Grayson is worth the effort. This collaboration between John Green and David Levithan is a great coming of age novel infused with comedy on every page.
Although Will Grayson, Will Grayson isn't John Green's most powerful, life changing novel, it is certainly entertaining. The story is narrated off and on by both Will Graysons. One narrates in all lower-case, which makes it easy to differentiate whose point of view the story is being told through at any given point. This lower-case narration also adds an interesting twist to reading.
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The characters in the novel are absolutely, positively lovable. My personal favorite (and the most popular) character would have to be Tiny, the first Will Grayson's best friend. Tiny is extremely large and openly gay, and he speaks his mind without any second thoughts. He does play along with some societal stereotypes, but he is still a character that I wish could come to life off of the book pages. My second favorite character is the second Will Grayson because he manages to turn his life around from being a depressed loner to being a caring young man with some excellent friends. He faces some hardships head on, such as coming out, with absolutely no help from his classmates at school.
Sure, Will Grayson, Will Grayson isn't a prize-winning novel, but it is a very quirky book with realistic characters and a unique plot line. I would recommend it to any high school student, male or female, and it has wide reader appeal. Now I will be adding this novel to my list of favorite John Green books!