Will Grayson, Will Grayson by John Green and David Levithan Review

Monday, April 19, 2010 |
One cold night, in a most unlikely corner of Chicago, two teens—both named Will Grayson—are about to cross paths. As their worlds collide and intertwine, the Will Graysons find their lives going in new and unexpected directions, building toward romantic turns-of-heart and the epic production of history’s most fabulous high school musical.
Hilarious, poignant, and deeply insightful, John Green and David Levithan’s collaborative novel is brimming with a double helping of the heart and humor that have won both them legions of faithful fans.

I finished this book with a smile. Literally, I just couldn't wipe it off my face. There is a magical quality about the whole story, the ending. I don't think I'll ever be able to put my finger on what exactly makes me adore John Green's writing so much, but I can definitely tell you why I love David Levithan's. He brings this rawness, this incredibly emotional rawness that I can't tear my eyes away from. Name an emotion, and you will find it in Will Grayson, Will Grayson. Anger, fear, joy, contentedness, nervousness, you name it. And these emotions all lead somewhere; they have a greater overall message, one that tugs on your heartstrings in the end.

Humor is a huge part of this novel as well. There are plenty of laugh-out-loud lines, some that will have you clutching your stomach, and others that only require a brief chuckle. Thankfully, there wasn't much crude humor (as often found in Green's other books,) but the profanity was a bit over the top for me. No doubt I hear each and every one of those words regularly at school, but I choose not to use them. It's exactly how the majority of teenagers speak, so I felt that, most of the time, this book rang true. Seeing it in writing sometimes feels more harsh than hearing it, however.

Rating: 8.5/10

I am obligated as a Nerdfighter (what's this? click here!) to point you over to John and Hank Green's Youtube Channel, Vlogbrothers, where you will never leave un-entertained.


Milli said...

DFTBA! I'm a nerdfighter too:] Great review!

Anonymous said...

This book sounds great! I'll have to read it for sure. :)

pirate penguin said...

*just watched the video* thanks for putting that link there, Cate! I never understood why people called themselves nerdfighters until now. But now I'm a nerdfighter! ;)

DFTBA<3! (not that you could, because you just ARE, ya know...)Lovely review!

silverush said...

DFTBA! [To you and also Milli, and new nerdfighter pirite penguin.]

I totally and completely agree with your review. And it made my day to find a [well, two, I guess] fellow book blogging nerdfighter. <3

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