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Will Grayson, Will Grayson

Will Grayson, Will Grayson

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by John Green, David Levithan

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One cold night, in a most unlikely corner of Chicago, Will Grayson crosses paths with . . . Will Grayson. Two teens with the same name, running in two very different circles, suddenly find their lives going in new and unexpected directions, and culminating in epic turns-of-heart and the most fabulous musical ever to grace the high school stage. Told in alternating


One cold night, in a most unlikely corner of Chicago, Will Grayson crosses paths with . . . Will Grayson. Two teens with the same name, running in two very different circles, suddenly find their lives going in new and unexpected directions, and culminating in epic turns-of-heart and the most fabulous musical ever to grace the high school stage. Told in alternating voices from two YA superstars, this collaborative novel features a double helping of the heart and humor that have won them both legions of fans.

Editorial Reviews

Two superstar authors pair up and really deliver the goods, dishing up a terrific high-energy tale...threaded with generous measures of comedy and savvy counsel.
Children's Literature - Sheilah Egan
The adage "the whole is greater than the sum of the parts" is proven to be absolutely true when considering this dual-viewpoint novel co-authored by two extremely talented authors. Two decidedly dissimilar young men share the exact same name as well as many very human traits, experiences, and feelings. Green and Levithan have spoken through these very believable characters with grace and guile; the speech patterns ring true and they express themselves with realistic body language and gestures. In order to keep the voices of the two boys distinct, one Will is written in all lower case letters; the other in the standard font sizes and sentence structure, which may actually reflect the more traditional side of that Will. He refers to the "other Will Grayson" when pondering some of their shared experiences and while processing "life lessons" he has gleaned from both "the other" and their friend, Tiny. Addressing the subjects of loyalty, friendship, love, and homosexuality with great aplomb and straightforward prose (sometimes delivered through text messages and e-mails, but mainly as first person narrative), the authors have give readers insight into high school teens without didacticism. The interplay building to the scene where the two Wills cross paths is tense and well crafted—one can hardly read fast enough to discover how they will manage the encounter. The character Tiny Cooper influences both of the Wills; he manages to be "bigger than life" without becoming a comic figure. His size, strength, and skills guarantee a respected place on the football team and his sexual orientation is never in question—neither for himself nor in the sight of others. He is openly gay and has "relationship issues" just as do the other teens. As the two Wills learn from each other (and a nicely developed set of friends), Tiny's ambitions to write and perform in the biggest musical production the school has ever witnessed draws the storyline into a superb moment of absolute understanding that "love is tied to truth." Humor abounds ("Phil Wrayson—what are the odds?"), realistic relationships are given respect and depth, adults are plausible, and the writing is brilliant—need I stress more that this book is outstanding? Reviewer: Sheilah Egan
Brooke Heidecorn
In what seems like a page from a Broadway show, two boys named Will Grayson meet under bizarre circumstances. Will Grayson literally stands in the shadow of his humongous best friend, content with going through life unnoticed. Will Grayson is selfloathing and has problems coming to terms with his homosexuality. Though seemingly unalike, despite their name, the boys' lives overlap. Green and Levithan alternate chapters from the two differing perspectives to give the reader a complete picture of the Wills's influence on each other. Each Will challenges and invites love into their life with the help and inspiration of the other. And as they both struggle with standing up for what and who they believe in, they learn that their lives may not be so different after all. With humor and gravity, the authors weave a story that culminates in the most colorful high school musical of all time. Reviewer: Brooke Heidecorn
Regina Marler
…a complete romp…Despite its structure, which shuttles between one Will and the other, the novel is so tightly woven that it begins to feel miraculous. Neither Will can hold a candle to Tiny Cooper—which, luckily, both of them realize near the end…Will Grayson, Will Grayson is so funny, rude and original tha…even the musical-averse will cheer.
Publishers Weekly
In alternating chapters, the authors track two teens, both named Will Grayson, who accidentally meet halfway through the novel, perhaps changing the trajectory of both of their lives. One Will is vintage Green: a smart nerd whose rules to live by include “don't care too much,” with a scene-stealing sidekick—Tiny Cooper, a large, flamboyantly gay classmate intent on staging an autobiographical musical. The other will (lowercase throughout) is angry and depressed; the one bright spot in his existence is an online friendship with “Isaac.” When will agrees to meet Isaac one night in Chicago, readers know nothing good will happen—and they will be wrong. A well-orchestrated big reveal takes the story in a new direction, one that gives (lowercase) will greater dimension. The ending is laudable but highly implausible. The journey to it is full of comic bits, mostly provided by the irrepressible Tiny, who needs his own novel. Frank sexual language—a shot at a bar “tastes like Satan's fire cock”—pushes this one to high school, where its message of embracing love in all its forms ought to find a receptive audience. Ages 14-up. (Apr.)
VOYA - Jennifer Miskec
One Will Grayson wants nothing more than to shut up and not care; the other wants nothing more than to have someone to talk to and care about. But when Will Grayson meets Will Grayson, two worlds collide, and neither Will's world will ever be the same. Both Will Graysons' lives are changed because of Tiny Cooper, "the world's largest person who is also really, really gay, and also the world's gayest person who is really, really large," who is in the process of producing an over-the-top musical about his life, trust, and true love. While Will Grayson starts dating Jane and reconnects with Tiny, his longtime best friend, Tiny is able to give the other Will Grayson the love and support he needs to come out to his friends and family. And it is both Will Graysons who show Tiny that he is appreciated. Exactly what you would expect from Green and Levithan, this novel offers a full cast of flawed and fabulous characters. Chasing obscure bands amongst the cityscape (this time Chicago), oversized queens, and the highly integrated gay and hetero worlds are signature Levithan; the corrupting and confused Maura and Jane are as complicated as Green's Alaska and Margo. What results is a wonderfully campy, sweet, romantic gesture in the spectacular style that readers have come to expect from these two YA masters. Although not entirely unfamiliar—or precisely because of it—Will Grayson will find a fast and adoring audience. Reviewer: Jennifer Miskec
Kirkus Reviews
Will Grayson loves indie rock, plays the eye-rolling angry stepchild to his extraordinarily giant, lovable, gay best friend Tiny Cooper and doesn't realize that he yearns for his other indie-rock-loving friend Jane until it's too late. will grayson (he never uses uppercase) hates most everything except sharing an XXL coffee with his best friend Maura each morning and covertly conversing with his Internet boyfriend every night. Their two discrete worlds collide in a Chicago porn store after dual botched evenings out. Love, honesty, friendship and trust all ensue, culminating in the world's gayest and most fabulous musical ever. Green and Levithan craft an intellectually existential, electrically ebullient love story that brilliantly melds the ridiculous with the realistic. In alternating chapters from Will and will, each character comes lovingly to life, especially Tiny Cooper, whose linebacker-sized, heart-on-his-sleeve personality could win over the grouchiest of grouches (viz. will grayson). Their story, along with the rest of the cast's, will have readers simultaneously laughing, crying and singing at the top of their lungs. (Fiction. YA)
From the Publisher
A New York Times Book Review Editor’s Choice
An ALA Stonewall Honor Book
 “Will Grayson, Will Grayson is a complete romp. [It is] so funny, rude and original that by the time flowers hit the stage, even the musical-averse will cheer.” —The New York Times Book Review
ê“Will have readers simultaneously laughing, crying and singing at the top of their lungs.”—Kirkus Reviews, starred review
“It is such a good book. [Green and Levithan] are two of the best writers writing today.” —NPR’s The Roundtable
“A brilliant novel.” —The Seattle Times
“A winning combination infused with wit, sarcasm, and plenty of musical references.” —Chicago Tribune
“A moving novel when it comes to the matters of the heart.” —The San Diego Union-Tribune
“One of the best books of the year.” —Bookpage
“A hilarious collaboration between superstar authors.” —The Daily Beast
ê“A terrific high-energy tale of teen love, lust, intrigue, anger, pain, and friendship threaded with generous measures of comedy and savvy counsel.” —Booklist, starred review
“Entertaining . . . produces all the euphoria of an actual musical; readers will be on their feet.” —The Horn Book
“Irresistibly funny, insistently wise, and filled with the honest power of friendship.” —The Wichita Eagle
“This may well be the best novel that either John Green or David Levithan has ever written. Inventive and insightful.” —Shelf Awareness
“This novel as serious buzz.´—EntertainmentWeekly.com
ê“Powerful, thought-provoking, funny, moving, and unique.” —SLJ, starred review
“Original idea, well-written, humorous, touching . . . a great read.” —Outsmart

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Table of Contents


Title Page

Copyright Page



chapter one

chapter two

chapter three

chapter four

chapter five

chapter six

chapter seven

chapter eight

chapter nine

chapter ten

chapter eleven

chapter twelve

chapter thirteen

chapter fourteen

chapter fifteen

chapter sixteen

chapter seventeen

chapter eighteen

chapter ninteen

chapter twenty




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ISBN: 9781101222997

To David Leventhal
(for being so close)




To Tobias Huisman


chapter one




When I was little, my dad used to tell me, “Will, you can pick your friends, and you can pick your nose, but you can’t pick your friend’s nose.” This seemed like a reasonably astute observation to me when I was eight, but it turns out to be incorrect on a few levels. To begin with, you cannot possibly pick your friends, or else I never would have ended up with Tiny Cooper.

Tiny Cooper is not the world’s gayest person, and he is not the world’s largest person, but I believe he may be the world’s largest person who is really, really gay, and also the world’s gayest person who is really, really large. Tiny has been my best friend since fifth grade, except for all last semester, when he was busy discovering the sheer scope of his own gayness, and I was busy having an actual honest-to-God Group of Friends for the first time in my life, who ended up Never Talking to Me Again due to two slight transgressions:

1. After some school-board member got all upset about gays in the locker room, I defended Tiny Cooper’s right to be both gigantic (and, therefore, the best member of our shitty football team’s offensive line) and gay in a letter to the school newspaper that I, stupidly, signed.

2. This guy in the Group of Friends named Clint was talking about the letter at lunch, and in the process of talking about it, he called me a bitchsquealer, and I didn’t know what a bitchsquealer was, so I was like, “What do you mean?” And then he called me a bitchsquealer again, at which point I told Clint to fuck off and then took my tray and left.

Which I guess means that technically I left the Group of Friends, although it felt the other way around. Honestly, none of them ever seemed to like me, but they were around, which isn’t nothing. And now they aren’t around, leaving me utterly bereft of social peers.

Unless you count Tiny, that is. Which I suppose I must.


Andbutso a few weeks after we get back from Christmas break our junior year, I’m sitting in my Assigned Seat in precalc when Tiny waltzes in wearing his jersey tucked into his chinos, even though football season is long over. Every day, Tiny miraculously manages to wedge himself into the chair-desk beside mine in precalc, and every day, I am amazed he can do it.

So Tiny squeezes into his chair, I am duly amazed, and then he turns to me and he whispers really loudly because secretly he wants other people to hear, “I’m in love.” I roll my eyes, because he falls in love every hour on the hour with some poor new boy. They all look the same: skinny and sweaty and tan, the last an abomination, because all February tans in Chicago are fake, and boys who fake tan—I don’t care whether they’re gay—are ridiculous.

“You’re so cynical,” Tiny says, waving his hand at me.

“I’m not cynical, Tiny,” I answer. “I’m practical.”

“You’re a robot,” he says. Tiny thinks that I am incapable of what humans call emotion because I have not cried since my seventh birthday, when I saw the movie All Dogs Go to Heaven. I suppose I should have known from the title that it wouldn’t end merrily, but in my defense, I was seven. Anyway, I haven’t cried since then. I don’t really understand the point of crying. Also, I feel that crying is almost—like, aside from deaths of relatives or whatever—totally avoidable if you follow two very simple rules: 1. Don’t care too much. 2. Shut up. Everything unfortunate that has ever happened to me has stemmed from failure to follow one of the rules.

“I know love is real because I feel it,” Tiny says.

Apparently, class has started without our knowing, because Mr. Applebaum, who is ostensibly teaching us precalculus but is mostly teaching me that pain and suffering must be endured stoically, says, “You feel what, Tiny?”

“Love!” says Tiny. “I feel love.” And everyone turns around and either laughs or groans at Tiny, and because I’m sitting next to him and he’s my best and only friend, they’re laughing and groaning at me, too, which is precisely why I would not choose Tiny Cooper as my friend. He draws too much attention. Also, he has a pathological inability to follow either of my two rules. And so he waltzes around, caring too much and ceaselessly talking, and then he’s baffled when the world craps on him. And, of course, due to sheer proximity, this means the world craps on me, too.

After class, I’m staring into my locker, wondering how I managed to leave The Scarlet Letter at home, when Tiny comes up with his Gay-Straight Alliance friends Gary (who is gay) and Jane (who may or may not be—I’ve never asked), and Tiny says to me, “Apparently, everyone thinks I professed my love for you in precalc. Me in love with Will Grayson. Isn’t that the silliest crap you ever heard?”

“Great,” I say.

“People are just such idiots,” Tiny says. “As if there’s something wrong with being in love.”

Gary groans then. If you could pick your friends, I’d consider Gary. Tiny got close with Gary and Jane and Gary’s boyfriend, Nick, when he joined the GSA during my tenure as a member of the Group of Friends. I barely know Gary, since I’ve only been hanging around Tiny again for about two weeks, but he seems like the normalest person Tiny has ever befriended.

“There’s a difference,” Gary points out, “between being in love and announcing it in precalc.” Tiny starts to talk and Gary cuts him off. “I mean, don’t get me wrong. You have every right to love Zach.”

“Billy,” says Tiny.

“Wait, what happened to Zach?” I ask, because I could have sworn Tiny was in love with a Zach during precalc. But forty-seven minutes have passed since his proclamation, so maybe he’s changed gears. Tiny has had about 3,900 boyfriends—half of them Internet-only.

Gary, who seems as flummoxed by the emergence of Billy as I am, leans against the lockers and bangs his head softly against the steel. “Tiny, you being a makeout whore is so not good for the cause.”

I look way up at Tiny and say, “Can we quell the rumors of our love? It hurts my chances with the ladies.”

“Calling them ‘the ladies’ doesn’t help either,” Jane tells me.

Tiny laughs. “But seriously,” I tell him, “I always catch shit about it.” Tiny looks at me seriously for once and nods a little.

“Although for the record,” Gary says, “you could do worse than Will Grayson.”

“And he has,” I note.

Tiny spins in a balletic pirouette out into the middle of the hallway and, laughing, shouts, “Dear World, I am not hot for Will Grayson. But world, there’s something else you should know about Will Grayson.” And then he begins to sing, a Broadway baritone as big as his waist, “I can’t live without him!”

People laugh and whoop and clap as Tiny continues the serenade while I walk off to English. It’s a long walk, and it only gets longer when someone stops you and asks how it feels to be sodomized by Tiny Cooper, and how you find Tiny Cooper’s “gay little pencil prick” behind his fat belly. I respond the way I always do: by looking down and walking straight and fast. I know they’re kidding. I know part of knowing someone is being mean to them or whatever. Tiny always has some brilliant thing to say back, like, “For someone who theoretically doesn’t want me, you sure spend a lot of time thinking and talking about my penis.” Maybe that works for Tiny, but it never works for me. Shutting up works. Following the rules works. So I shut up, and I don’t care, and I keep walking, and soon it’s over.

The last time I said anything of note was the time I wrote the fricking letter to the editor about fricking Tiny Cooper and his fricking right to be a fricking star on our horrible football team. I don’t regret writing the letter in the least, but I regret signing it. Signing it was a clear violation of the rule about shutting up, and look where it got me: alone on a Tuesday afternoon, staring at my black Chuck Taylors.


That night, not long after I order pizza for me and my parents, who are—as always—late at the hospital, Tiny Cooper calls me and, real quiet and fast, he blurts out, “Neutral Milk Hotel is supposedly playing a reunion show at the Hideout and it’s totally not advertised and no one even knows about it and holy shit, Grayson, holy shit!”

“Holy shit!” I shout. One thing you can say for Tiny: whenever something awesome happens, Tiny is always the first to hear.

Now, I am not generally given over to excitement, but Neutral Milk Hotel sort of changed my life. They released this absolutely fantastic album called In the Aeroplane Over the Sea in 1998 and haven’t been heard from since, purportedly because their lead singer lives in a cave in New Zealand. But anyway, he’s a genius. “When?”

“Dunno. I just heard. I’m gonna call Jane, too. She likes them almost as much as you do. Okay, so now. Now. Let’s go to the Hideout now.”

“I’m literally on my way,” I answer, opening the door to the garage.


I call my mom from the car. I tell her Neutral Milk Hotel is playing at the Hideout and she says, “Who? What? You’re hiding out?” And then I hum a few bars of one of their songs and Mom says, “Oh, I know that song. It’s on the mix you made me,” and I say, “Right,” and she says, “Well you have to be back by eleven,” and I say, “Mom this is a historical event. History doesn’t have a curfew,” and she says, “Back by eleven,” and I say, “Fine. Jesus,” and then she has to go cut cancer out of someone.

Tiny Cooper lives in a mansion with the world’s richest parents. I don’t think either of his parents have jobs, but they are so disgustingly rich that Tiny Cooper doesn’t even live in the mansion; he lives in the mansion’s coach house, all by himself. He has three bedrooms in that motherfucker and a fridge that always has beer in it and his parents never bother him, and so we can sit there all day and play video game football and drink Miller Lite, except in point of fact Tiny hates video games and I hate drinking beer, so mostly all we ever do is play darts (he has a dartboard) and listen to music and talk and study. I’ve just started to say the T in Tiny when he comes running out of his room, one black leather loafer on and the other in his hand, shouting, “Go, Grayson, go go.”

And everything goes perfectly on the way there. Traffic’s not too bad on Sheridan, and I’m cornering the car like it’s the Indy 500, and we’re listening to my favorite NMH song, “Holland, 1945,” and then onto Lake Shore Drive, the waves of Lake Michigan crashing against the boulders by the Drive, the windows cracked to get the car to defrost, the dirty, bracing, cold air rushing in, and I love the way Chicago smells—Chicago is brackish lake water and soot and sweat and grease and I love it, and I love this song, and Tiny’s saying I love this song, and he’s got the visor down so he can muss up his hair a little more expertly. That gets me to thinking that Neutral Milk Hotel is going to see me just as surely as I’m going to see them, so I give myself a once-over in the rearview. My face seems too square and my eyes too big, like I’m perpetually surprised, but there’s nothing wrong with me that I can fix.


The Hideout is a dive bar made of wooden planks that’s nestled between a factory and some Department of Transportation building. There’s nothing swank about it, but there’s a line out the door even though it’s only seven. So I huddle in line for a while with Tiny until Gary and Possibly Gay Jane show up.

Jane’s wearing a hand-scrawled Neutral Milk Hotel v-neck T-shirt under her open coat. Jane showed up in Tiny’s life around the time I dropped out of it, so we don’t really know each other. Still, I’d say she’s currently about my fourth-best friend, and apparently she has good taste in music.

Meet the Author

John Green is the award-winning, #1 bestselling author of Looking for Alaska, An Abundance of Katherines, Paper Towns, Will Grayson, Will Grayson (with David Levithan), and The Fault in Our Stars. His 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. John was selected by TIME magazine as one of the 100 Most Influential People in the World. 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. You can join the millions who follow John on Twitter (@johngreen) and tumblr (fishingboatproceeds.tumblr.com) or visit him online at johngreenbooks.com. John lives with his family in Indianapolis, Indiana.

David Levithan is an award-winning and New York Times- bestselling author of many books for teens, including Boy Meets BoyWide Awake, Love Is the Higher Law, and (with Rachel Cohn) Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist. He also works as an editor and, in his free time, takes way too many pictures. He lives in New Jersey. www.davidlevithan.com

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laxgirl12 More than 1 year ago
I'm a 16 year old sophomore. would I suggest this book to an adult? No Would I suggest this book to a teenager? You're damn right I would. Will Grayson, Will Grayson was by far, THE best book I have ever read. It was funny, it was touching, and it had very relatable topics. I couldn't put the book down, by chapter 2 I was hooked. "Im constantly torn between killing myself and killing everyone around me. Those seem to be the two choices. Everything else is just killing time" The 'famous' quote written by David Levithan was all it took for me to want to read this. Every time I finished a chapter I was dying to know what would happen next. Every time I put the book down, I would think about it and come up with my own scenarios. one word, amazing. Anyways, I think anyone between the ages of 14 - 21 should read this book. I'm not saying anyone whose not in that age limit wouldn't like it. But I do think it will appeal to them more. Nevertheless, best book I've ever read. I guarantee you will love it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Some reviewers have called WG,WG "disturbing" and "risky," or have commented on how mature the material is. Some have even expressed regret over buying it, unaware that it would be so blatant in some of its dealings with sex, pornography, and depression. THIS IS A WORK OF LITERATURE! As such, it deals with themes that might be considered offensive. D.H Lawrence wrote about astoundingly offensive things in novels such as "Lady Chatterly's Lover" (how many times does he use the "c" word?). "The Catcher in the Rye" dealt just as frankly with the idea of teenage sexuality as WG, WG does. Even Bronte's "Jane Eyre" was a social shocker in its time. So should authors be expected to steer clear from any content deemed "socially unacceptable/offensive"? Did Lawrence or Salinger or Bronte? No. Authors face these issues head-on, with the courage, insight, and tenacity that many others lack. They reveal to us (the general populace) the very basis of human nature--and sometimes that includes uncovering the seedy underbelly of humanity. WG,WG is a fantastic novel. It's beautifully written, thought-provoking, and it stays with you long after you've physically abandoned it. John Green and David Levithan are tender, insightful, and oh-so gut-wrenchingly real as the two Will Graysons. I strongly recommend this novel to anyone who has a heart for truth and a yearning to tap into (and hopefully understand a little bit better) the "miracle of human consciousness." DFTBA.
Sarah7498 More than 1 year ago
I've been a fan of John Green for a few years now, and this book did not disappoint. Both characters were made so fully that they could have been actual people. There's a lot of cussing and talk about sex, but that's just what makes Will Grayson, Will Grayson: Will Grayson, Will Grayson. I haven't been a fan of David Levithan, I heard about his book Boy Meets Boy and didn't read it, but after Will Grayson, Will Grayson I'll be looking for more of his books.
Musicbear More than 1 year ago
WG, WG is a solid compelling read with a few nice turns and surprises and if I was a kid in high school, I would have been so glad to find this book. I would have thought that it was written on a young readers level, not a high school level though. I picked it up after it appeared on a couple of 'best of the year' lists. The bigger question I have as writer who has covered similar territory, is just what makes this book a YA or Teen book? Is it the dumbed down language and grammar mixed with the double spaced large font? Seriously, that seems to be about it. As a bookseller who had to guide parents to books for their kids, the only reason to separate out these titles was that they were appropriate in more than just the difficulty of the vocabulary. A parent, one would think, could go into the Teen section and be secure that they would be the equivalent of a PG film. This doesn't appear to be the case. In the YA books I've read, there have been scenes of kids describing how they prepare to masturbate. In the book, "Hero," an underage boy is outside a bar cruising for sex with men coming out of the bar. In WG, WG they indulge in underage drinking, they get into bars with fake ID's and become falling down drunk. They apparently can walk into a porno store and not have the clerk even care that they are obviously under age. The kids come and go as they will at all hours, driving across the state and back and the parents are pretty much fine with anything they do. The boys describe what sex is pretty explicitly every other breath with references to their obvious arousal just about as often. The only thing that doesn't happen is actual explicit sex. They kiss, they get to second base and then it fades to black. So my point is: What exactly is the point? You've written a book that has high value concepts and kids doing mature things as they explore their coming of age, but it's delivered in a neutered, titillating format of dumb vocabulary and bad grammar for no apparent reason. It's not bending to some rules of 'appropriateness' for kids, aside from outright sex, and it's not shying away from depicting kids doing what many kids do.so why not actually write it on a mature level with a legitimate vocabulary and good grammar and maybe even strive to make it a really meaningful piece of art that they will carry with them like they might Catcher in the Rye? The only reason it's written in a style for simpletons is because the authors are choosing to write it that way. Maybe its so that it can be found by teens easier? So that teens won't be bummed at having to work through a book with a lot of 'big' words? Because it's currently easy for authors cash in on the Teen scene? So that the teen buying it can say, 'hey mom, it's a teen book, how 'dirty' can it be?' And no WG, WG, isn't dirty, but it if it was a movie with that dialog, it would be a R rated film and with the homosexual activity between minors that's in it, it would probably be slapped with a NC-17 as many gay themed movies have that depict male on male heavy petting. Looking at it in that light, WG, WG, seems like an 'idea draft' for what could be a great book. Instead it's a good hearted, inconsequential gay fantasy on (what was once) a middle school reading level with a lot of f-bombs thrown in.
Michelle521 More than 1 year ago
I absolutely loved this book. It was an extremely fun read! The writing was beautiful in this book. Both John Green and David Levithan, despite their different writing styles, did a great job writing about both of the Will Graysons. There were times when I laughed so hard that I cried, and others when I felt so bad for the main character that I almost cried. The humor was great, and their writing styles topped it all off. I would definitely recommend this book to anyone who even considered reading it for a second. At first I wasn't sure if I would enjoy this book, but even though it was not the usual genre I read, it was great.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved Will Grayson, Will Grayson!!! I have read quite a few of John Green's novels, including The Fault In Our Stars, and love his style of writing; it is very real. Will Grayson, Will Grayson was really spunky, fun, and real and was a pleasure to read!! I woyld definitely recommend this novel to teenage readers who love realistic fiction :)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
After reading Paper Towns and The Fault in Our Stars, this one was a little lacking for me.
billy_swelding More than 1 year ago
Will Grayson Will Grayson is told alternatively between two different Will Grayson's. They meet in a very unlikely situation that sets off a thunderstorm of events that change the characters' lives. This is definitely one of John Green's and David Levithan's best work, I love it so much, I would recommend it to any teen.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I've not yetbread this book, but I am shocked to read judgmental reviews of it, saying you will not read any more of this author's work? John Green is fabulous and inspirational and unrelentingly reliable if one seeks a great work of art. I urge those of you who didn't like this one to give him another chance; it's the least you can do.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I read this from cover to cover without stopping. I loved reading this book!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
John Green's books never cease to amaze me, and this one was just as great as his others. I highly recomend this.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I'm staring hard at my copy of Will Grayson, Will Grayson waiting on some from of genius to strike. Every once in a while you'll read a book and it will be exactly what your heart and soul needed. It will speak to a part of yourself that you have bottled up, a part that you force into silence. Not every book can have this effect on you; if it did you would be the tattered remains of yourself instad of the whole that you are. Every once in a while there will be a book that will ever so gently force you into seeing the world a little bit differently. Will Grayson, Will Grayson was that book for me. This book is the story of two teenage boys, both named Will Grayson, and how they cross paths one cold night in Chicago. The two Will Grayson's lives are then linked, as they end up sharing in the story of one very large, very gay teenager named Tiny Cooper. This book, this story of lives and how they become intertwined, is the story of what it means to grow up. It is the story of loving yourself and loving others, for exactly who they are. My book club of three read Will Grayson, Will Grayson kind of on a whim, and it is now in my top three books that we have read. I just messaged my friends in book club and asked them to share one truth that they learned from Will Grayson, Will Grayson, and this is our list: 1. "When things break, it's not the actual breaking that prevents them from getting back together again. It's because a little piece gets lost- the two remaining ends couldn't fit together even if they wanted to. The whole shape has changed."2. Sometimes, the only way to heal is to accept how you're feeling, and accept that it's okay. You can't wish away your problems.3. Your best friend may be completely opposite of you.4. Being open-minded is important, otherwise you might miss the opportunity of a great friendship.5. Sometimes, you have to work hard to get what you want, but you should NEVER change who you are to get it. I could keep going. I could flip through the pages of Will Grayson, Will Grayson and find nuggets of truth hidden between lines of perfectly wrought teen angst. Instead, I'm going to talk to you about characters. They were so real. When I finished the book, I hugged it to my chest because there was this feeling, like a "the show must go on" feeling that told me those characters and their lives would continue, even though I closed the book. Will Grayson 1: "Caring doesn't sometimes lead to misery. It always does." Will Grayson 2: "i am constantly torn between killing myself and killing everyone around me." Jane: "Some people have lives; some people have music." Tiny Cooper: "Nothing's wrong. Every thing's right. Things couldn't be righter. Things could be less tired. They could be less busy. They could be less caffeinated. But they couldn't be righter." I'm sitting here, still staring at my copy of Will Grayson, Will Grayson, still trying to do this book justice, and I just don't know if it is possible. Here is what I can say about Will Grayson (one and two), about Tiny Cooper and Jane and Gideon, about loving yourself and not being afraid to love others: This book is one of those books that I would call life-changing. It's the type of book that causes you to see the world a little bit differently. It's the kind of book you walk away from changed. Now, go buy it from your local bookstore, or a Barnes and Noble, or even on amazon. Just go buy it.
mdhendricks More than 1 year ago
This was one of those books that I wanted to keep reading even after it was over. I wanted to hear Tiny's story and find out what happens to the Will Graysons. That being sad, the ending was pretty darn perfect (in its fictionally realistic way). There were so many good values taught through this book and the characters are just so well developed. I also appreciated the writing style that projected the two Will Graysons and I just stuck with this story from beginning to end. This was the first book by John Green I have read and I might read some more, David Levithan is who drew me in and I have an appreciation for his ability to co author amazing literature.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love this book so much. Ive read John Green before and he is amazing. This book is heartfelt. It shows you the true meaning of life and that theres always that one person out there that can just make your day. It brought me tears and laughter. I reccomend this book.
jayskutty More than 1 year ago
BTBN-Buy This Book Now! It'll have you laughing out loud at this crude, pure humor.
KristyJewel More than 1 year ago
I really liked this novel. I found that I really enjoyed John Green. I've heard a lot about him and I figured I'd give him a try, the fact that I found a novel by him and my favorite author was simply icing on the cake. I'm always nervous to start a David Levithan novel because you never know if it going to change your life. This book was not earth shattering but it was still an extremely interesting read and made me smile. The characters were outrageous. Tiny was hilarious and irritating at the same time. I wanted to hug him and punch him. Will Grayson (1st Will Grayson) was an interesting guy. I found him annoying yet lovable and realistic. will grayson(2nd Will Grayson) was an interesting read. You don't get the characters when they are in the middle of everything. You get a character who is struggling with the onset of depression but never the character who has it and is just living with it.  I found myself really entertained with this novel. I am definitely glad that I read this novel and I will definitely look into John Green
Nadina85 More than 1 year ago
Co-written with David Levithan, Will Grayson, Will Grayson is a hilarious romp featuring love, teenage drama, Tiny Cooper and the most epically gay musical you'll ever encounter. Written in alternating perspectives, each chapter explores the life of a Will Grayson. Eventually, their lives converge in a strange twist of fate and just how this meeting irrevocably impacts each of the Will's lives for the better. What's most outstanding about this book, the brilliant concept aside, is the collaborative success of David and John's writing. Each in a distinctive voice uses their Will to narrate in a very believable and impactful way. John's WG is caught up in finding himself amidst being overshadowed by his very charismatic friend. He is the average teen whose motivations are steeped in typical teenage problems. In short, he's so easy to connect with because we've all been there and done that. Levithan's WG, on the other hand, is more of a broken soul. He struggles with depression and his self awareness makes him antagonistic, at best. As raw as this WG is, he's also blatantly honest and as a reader, you find yourself rooting for him to overcome all the crap that permeates his life. About the only thing both WG's share is their struggle to find and understand first love. Because as much as Will Grayson, Will Grayson is about growing up and finding yourself, at its core, it's a novel about love --- finding love, falling in love, platonic love, familial love and self love. In our increasingly accepting society, there's still a sad shortage of strong and relatable GLBT characters so I have to applaud Levithan and Green for making Tiny Cooper and one of the WG's so amazing. This just adds fuel to the awesomeness that is this book. Will Grayson, Will Grayson overall is raw, honest and funny. It can be offensive at times, but that just lends to its charm and adds to the freshness of its edgy, yet beautiful message. For this reason, it may not be a book that everyone can enjoy but it's a book that everyone should read because you'll be thinking about it long after you've turned the last page.
Jurphdurph More than 1 year ago
Yes, the book was decent and well written, but it just didn't hit my 'wow' spot. Good for a small read, but not for reading multiple times.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This kid jerks off
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toniFMAMTC More than 1 year ago
This book was great to me, and I'm old. I think a younger audience would love it more. It deals with so many issues that mean so much at the high school age. I like how everything doesn't tie up perfectly the way a romance book would, but instead, it's more true to life and ends in greater purpose way.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book did something i found very irritating, it switched randomly from perfect grammar to total lack of capitaliztion. This book was confusing, irritating, lacking in plot, and overall decent endings. There were also plenty of loose ends, it was annoying, and though the author tried to make this story a tear-jerker, he tried way too hard and ended up failing miserably. The reader essentially remains strikingly apathetic throughout, and overall, I hated it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Im a dude and im bisexual just to leave the closet
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Yes i totally agree john green should write one about a cool gay girl with tons of swag