Wednesday, March 4, 2015

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


Title: Will Grayson, Will Grayson by John Green & David Levithan
Publisher: Speak
Release Date: April 5th, 2012
Genres: Romance, Drama
Medium: Paperback, Gifted

I will start off by saying two things: 1) I don't how many John Green novels I have read now (I should really figure that out) and 2) I expected something a lot different when I first received this novel.

Also, I want to start off by saying John Green and David Levithan are two of my favorite all time authors. (Actually, David Levithan sits slightly higher on my favorites list with his novel Every Day, while John Green sits in second, with an incomprehensibly small amount of space between them. Maybe it's a tie. I'll never know.) Anyway, I love them both.

This novel was quite different than what I expected. What I expected was two Will Graysons and their chance meeting which would ultimately cause them to fall in love. However, I was quite off. And to be honest, I'm not sure I'm liked the way it ended up instead. I feel as if with a novel called "Will Grayson, Will Grayson" they emphasis is on the two boys with the same name. When it turned out that this was not the case, I was bummed to say that one of the Will Graysons slowly and gradually faded into being a background character. The most emphasis was on the character Tiny and with that being the case, maybe the title should have been different? Of course, naysayers will attest to the title being perfect, and the meaning for it being this: The story is not centered solely on Tiny. The "Will Grayson, Will Grayson" is about the connection and the way the two met, which ultimately is what brings the other characters together and in return, the two Will Graysons finally find themselves. I completely agree with that! I just hate that the one Will Grayson (the straight one) was metaphorically put on the back burner. The ending also didn't meet my expectations. I kind of left off on a cliff hanger, like it very vaguely told what happened to Tiny and has friends and his other ex-boyfriend/boyfriend that we never found out if they made up or not? I was secretly wishing for the said Will Grayson to jump into Tiny's arms. But all together, I loved the plot and idea of musical theater. It was great and I simply flew through the pages.

The writing was terrific and utterly perfect as usually. The two are amazing by themselves and simply extraordinary when paired together. They are a dynamite duo that never cease to amaze and impress me and I will continue to follow them, both together and separately. I cannot praise them enough. To understand how good they are, you'll have to read all of their work.

All together, this was a great novel that I thoroughly enjoyed and deeply satisfied me. I recommend this novel to anyone because it simply opens minds. 

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