Review: Will Grayson, Will Grayson

Will Grayson, Will Grayson
Will Grayson, Will Grayson by John Green

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

One cold night, in a most unlikely corner of Chicago, two strangers cross paths. Two teens with the same name, running in two very different circles, suddenly find their lives going in new and unexpected directions, culminating in heroic turns-of-heart and the most epic musical ever to grace the high-school stage.

Will Grayson, Will Grayson is a cute, hilarious and heart-touching book about acceptance, and understanding. The concept of the story is simple – call it coincidence or the universe at work, two Will Graysons meet one night and though their lives don’t directly intersect one another’s, the presence of the other is a big change in each one’s life. Will Grayson #1 is a bit of a cynical guy, who doesn’t believe in caring or speaking up. #2 is a depressed guy who is gay but dealing with a friend who is very much interested in him. The story for #2 isn’t about how he comes to terms with his sexuality and all, if that’s what you are thinking. It more with how both the Will Graysons wake up and look outside themselves. #1 feels inconsequential next to his friend Tiny Cooper, who later on becomes #2’s boyfriend. It’s all very cute in the start and typical of John Green books, gets sadder but fortunately not TFIOS level sad. No deaths in this one, whew! The alternating voices of both Will Graysons are remarkably done by Green and Leviathan, and the way the story twines together is beautiful. I especially loved the ending, which was pretty sweet.

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