Monday, January 17, 2011

Will Grayson, Will Grayson

Will Grayson, Will Grayson
By John Green and David Levithan
310 pages

It’s not that far from Evanston to Naperville, but Chicago suburbanites Will Grayson and Will Grayson might as well live on different planets. When fate delivers them both to some surprising crossroads, the Will Graysons find their lives overlapping and hurtling towards each other in new and unexpected directions. (from book jacket)

Review: This book is the best of both worlds, with two unique and talented authors creating a seamless incredible story. Each writer has a very identifiable voice which definitely comes across in the alternating chapters and different characters of Will. It creates not only a unique split narrative, but also serves to give the story a lot more character and depth. While many people have praised the bountiful Tiny character as the heart of the novel, I actually preferred the two Wills. Despite the story being about them, they were actually very passive characters. Their inaction and brokenness made their growth that much more compelling. Tiny was always awesome, the Wills had to learn to be. Green and Levithan’s ability to make the ordinary extraordinary is once again captured, proving that these two should collaborate more often.

Also by John Green: Paper Towns, Looking for Alaska, An Abundance of Katherines

Also by David Levithan: Boy Meets Boy, Dash and Lily’s Book of Dares, Love is the Higher Law, Nick & Norah’s Infinite Playlist

If you liked Will Grayson, Will Grayson, you might also enjoy: The Absolutely True Diary of a Part Time Indian by Sherman Alexie, The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephan Chbosky, The Astonishing Adventures of Fanboy and Goth Girl by Barry Lyga

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Rating: W4/4 C4/4 P3.5/4 O3.5/4 CR3/4
Grade Level Interest: S


Becky said...

Glad to see you liked it! I've been wanting to read this one for a while. I've loved all of John Green's other books but I haven't read any David Levithan. Thanks for the review! :)

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