Summary and Review
The novel takes us into the lives of two teenagers by the same name – Will Grayson. The book refers to the first character (Will Grayson) by correctly capitalizing the words in his name. The first Will Grayson is shown to be a guy looking to stay low and not attract any attention. The main reason behind this is his best friend, Tiny Cooper. Tiny is described as an obese person with homosexual inclinations. Because of his size and his demeanor, Will Grayson finds hanging out with Tiny a constant struggle.
Throughout the novel, Tiny is shown to be indulged in making his autobiographical musical. This makes him stand out of the crowd even further and adds to the predicaments faced by Will Grayson, who is obsessive about the band Neutral Milk Hotel. This protagonist is shown to have feelings for Jane Turner.
On the other hand, the second Will is referred to in small letters throughout the book. He is shown to be a shy and quiet boy who is looking for some meaning in life. Having no significant social life to turn to, Will Grayson finds refuge in an online relationship website. It is here that he finds a person named Isaac with whom he interacts, and this becomes the only thing that he looks forward to in his day.
The second Will decides to meet Isaac one night in Chicago, but it is revealed the Isaac is just a named coined by a girl named Maura. Maura is a class fellow of Will Grayson, who has always admired him and one of the few people that Will interact with at school. Both of the worlds collide on an eventful night at a Chicago porn store. The book focuses on events that led up to this interaction of these characters and how their lives become intertwined as they go through romantic relationships and life changing experiences.
The book is described as a beautifully written, poignant and hilarious piece of writing. Writers John Green and David Levithan were hugely commended for their insightful writing in the genre of teen romance and high school musicals. The book proved to be a success and opened on the third spot on the New York Best Sellers list. The Booklist heralds this book and declares it a master class that delightful touches the domains of lust, anger, pain and love. The book contains a good measure of comedian content that helps maintain a light tone throughout the book and keep the readers transfixed.
The School Library Journal, Kirkus and VOYA have also given rave reviews with regard to this book. The high energy and intellectual depth of the book present quite a spectacle for the readers. Will Grayson, Will Grayson is a delightfully written book that Will keep the audienceWi engaged from start to finish.
This book is a must read for those looking to explore the domain of teenage love, friendship, music and drama. Another hit high school musical in the making, no doubt.
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