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Will Grayson, Will Grayson by John Green and David Levithan - Review by Kathleen, Teen Blogger


We’ve all googled ourselves (yes, even you in the corner, with your modest face and your denial.) It doesn’t take much to come up with somebody who has the same first and last name as you. For example, if I were to google myself, I would come up with an Irish poet. This is not particularly exciting, given that I am neither Irish nor much of a poet and am unlikely to have anything in common with this person.

Will Grayson Will Grayson book coverYou don’t often find a person with the same name as you living in just a town over, and it’s even less likely that you would actually, you know, meet this person. But reality isn’t truly applicable to literature, in my opinion, because this is the scenario in Will Grayson, Will Grayson, by John Green and David Levithan.

The book follows two teenage boys, both named Will Grayson, who, through a series of coincidences, find themselves in a chance meeting. What’s most interesting about this book is that despite how their meeting kicks off many of the events of the story, the two characters aren’t particularly involved in each other’s storyline. The conflicts that they both deal with are mainly created of their own devices, which helps keep the story more realistic. (As appealing as the idea of finding a best friend for life with the exact same name as you may sound, it…doesn’t usually work that way.)

However, there is one way the main characters end up connected: through Will #1’s best friend, Tiny Cooper, who becomes involved with Will #2 in a way I will not explain because that would be a spoiler. (I’m sure you can guess what it is, though.) Tiny, according to the authors, is the real protagonist of the book, while the two Will Graysons, interestingly, are more deuteragonists. Everything in both of the Wills’ plots seems to tie back to him, and you have to wonder how much of the book would fall apart if you removed this one character.

The authors’ styles are fairly different but don’t contrast in a way that makes the change in tone hard to swallow. Both Green and Levithan are talented writers, and in fact, this book encouraged me to check out more of Levithan’s stuff, which has thus far been excellent, so I recommend you look into that as well.

If you’re looking for a short but interesting read that makes you laugh and cry a little inside for the characters, then Will Grayson, Will Grayson might be the book to check out. (That was my little library pun, you see.)

Be sure to look for it at your local library, bookstore, or online, and then contact your namesake to tell them about it.

Teen Blogger,

Kathleen

[Editor's note: It's important to protect yourself online. Keep your personal information private and keep your online friendships in the virtual world. If you would like to meet an online friend in person, arrange to meet them in a public area and bring a parent along for the meet-up.]

 

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