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

REVIEW: Will Grayson, Will Grayson by David Levithan and John GreenWill Grayson, Will Grayson by David Levithan, John Green
Published: Dutton Juvenile (2010), Hardcover, 304pg
Source: Library
Genres: Contemporary, Fiction, GLBTQ

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 of them legions of faithful fans. (from Goodreads)

I’m basically in love with John Green’s books, and while I’ve never read a David Levithan book I was still pretty sure I’d really like this one they’ve done together. And I did! And there’s the rub, because I’m not sure how to do my review. Gushing my affections all over the place is all well and good, but doesn’t make for a very interesting post. I’ve done lists before when this problem sprung up in other books, but I don’t want to repeat myself too often. So how should I review Will Grayson, Will Grayson? I suppose I’ll have to do it in a vague sort of way, and leave you to your own devices afterwards.

It’s got all the stuff I like in it. Strong characters, witty dialogue, fun adventures, social situations that make me go “ouch” because I’ve been there myself, drama without going overboard, MUSICALS. Sure, the end was sort of ridiculous beyond all belief but if I pictured it as a movie directed by whoever did Mean Girls it could work. Sort of. And even if it didn’t, I had so much fun reading Will Grayson, Will Grayson that even the stuff that didn’t work for me all that much was crushed under the onslaught of FUN TIMES that everything else was.

Soooo, if you like John Green’s books (and David Levithan’s, I guess), you’ll like this book. If you’ve never read either author this might be a good place to start (although I’m sure some people will say to start with Looking for Alaska instead. It’s sort of like JG’s opus). And if you want to have a FUN TIME READING, so much fun it makes you want to type in ALL CAPS ALL THE TIME, then Will Grayson, Will Grayson is the book for you!

Read: April 20, 2010

I kinda want to change my rating a bit now because looking back from 2.5 months in the future I don’t think it’s necessarily a 4.5 star book. Maybe it’s 4 stars instead? But I don’t want to change my rating because that’s what I rated it right after I read it and I’m SURE I was high on giddy excitement or something and it messed up my ability to judge WGWG properly and and and. Uh. Yeah.

My favorite JG book is still An Abundance of Katherines, although Paper Towns is a close second. Why don’t I like Looking for Alaska more than I do? Now I feel like I’m missing out on something.

8 thoughts on “REVIEW: Will Grayson, Will Grayson by David Levithan and John Green”

  1. I still have to read a John Green book, but his works have received so many good reviews that I can’t wait to finally read one.

  2. I am always wanting to revise my ratings in a downward direction as time goes by – I can never decide whether my initial reaction is the correct one (because the book hasn’t had time to fade into memory), or the several-weeks-on one (because I’ve had time to think about it more and place it into the context of other books in the world). I lean toward pessimistically thinking the latter. :p

    1. See, that’s almost exactly my problem. If I really enjoy reading a book immediately after finishing my first instinct is to rate it high, because it’s like I’m high on adrenaline or something. But then, several days/weeks/months down the line I almost always want to “correct” my rating, because I’ve had time to think about it more, compare it to similar books, etc. So now I try to wait at least three days before actually assigning a rating but I only started doing that near the end of May, way after I read WGWG. D:

  3. I still feel kind of meh about this particular book. Looking for Alaska was rough if you didn’t know what was coming. Maybe that’s why you like it less? I came across a spoilery review, which I actually appreciated because I hate it when something really bad happens and I haven’t figured out it’s coming.

    Thanks for the link love!

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