Will Grayson, Will Grayson by John Green and David Levithan

Aug 20, 2013

Coauthored by John Green and David Levithan, Will Grayson, Will Grayson follows the crossing paths of two high schoolers, who incidentally both happen to be named Will Grayson.  Their connection is sealed when larger-than-life Tiny Cooper, best friend to one, becomes the boyfriend of the other, and all of them learn about self-discovery and being a positive force in someone else’s life.

Narration bounces back and forth between the Will Graysons, and this book excels at expressing the internal insecurities of these young men as they navigate the choppy waters of friendship and relationships.  The deep emotional bits are interspersed among the often laugh-out-loud antics in the story.  The characters have some great internal dialogue, and of course it wouldn’t be complete unless it concluded with a musical, right?

This book came recommended to me after I’d devoured John Green’s The Fault In Our Stars audiobook, which still tops my list of his work, but Will Grayson, Will Grayson is a darn close second.  A quick plug for the audiobook: MacLeod Andrews and Nick Podehl each read for a Will Grayson, and they capture the characters to a tee!  At various points in the book, each also must read as Tiny Cooper, and their ability to match each other’s voice for him is impressive.  I had a great time listening to this audiobook.

Reviewed by Hope H.
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