Monday, February 4, 2013

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



Title: Will Grayson, Will Grayson
Authors: John Green and David Levithan 
Release Date: April 6, 2010
Source: Bought

My Rating: fullfullfullhalfBlank
Will Grayson:

What if your oldest, wildest, only best friend started writing a musical about your life… and it made you look like a joke?

What if the girl you didn’t think you were interested in started being interested in you?

And who is this other guy called Will Grayson?

The other Will Grayson:

What if you are technically depressed? What if you’re in love with someone you’ve never met?

And what’s the story with the guy walking around with your name? (taken from goodreads.com)
As soon as I finished the incredible, heartbreaking, wonderfulness that is The Fault in Our Stars, I knew that I needed to get my hands on more of John Green's books. A friend quickly recommended Will Grayson, Will Grayson. Half of the book's chapters are written by Green while the other half of them are by David Levithan. Now, differentiating between these two parts could be difficult seeing as both points of view are told by different Will Graysons. 

The first Will Grayson we meet is Green's character. A bit of a loner with some serious trust issues, Will befriends the unlikeliest companion, a giant, gay, extremely dramatic boy named Tiny. Together, they attempt to navigate high school and the ups and downs of love. Their friendship was one of the most touching aspects of the novel. Will's relationship with his love interest, Jane, reminds me why I fell in love with Green's words.

The second Will Grayson, written by Levithan, is much more morbid and unhappy than the first. He doesn't feel comfortable trusting his one friend (if you can even call her that), Maura. His father ran out on him when he was little, and he feels extremely alone in the world. Reading his chapters was always a little depressing. Also, these sections are written in an "online" style, meaning there are no capitalized words and dialogue is written as if it is an IM conversation. This can be a bit jarring at first, but I eventually got used to it.

I really wanted to love this book. Yes, I know I say this a lot, but this one is written partially by John Green. I expected to fall head over heels. These high expectations are probably why the book fell a little short for me. Another problem I had was that I couldn't relate to the characters as much as I wanted to. But please, don't take this as a criticism of the book. The book is very well written and worth anyone's time. However, it just wan't my favorite of Green's novels. I can't say the same for Levithan because I've never read any of his other books. 

Overall, Will Grayson, Will Grayson is a moving, well-developed story that I would recommend to many other readers. While it wasn't all that I hoped it would be, it was still a touching piece of literature. 

“Maybe there's something you're afraid to say, or someone you're afraid to love, or somewhere you're afraid to go. It's gonna hurt. It's gonna hurt because it matters.”