Book Review – Will Grayson, Will Grayson by John Green and David Levithan
September 4, 2015
Will Grayson meets Will Grayson. One cold night, in a most unlikely corner of Chicago, two strangers are about to cross paths. From that moment on, their world will collide and lives intertwine.
It’s not that far from Evanston to Naperville, but Chicago suburbanites Will Grayson and Will Grayson might as well live on different planets. When fate delivers them both to the same surprising crossroads, the Will Graysons find their lives overlapping and hurtling in new and unexpected directions. With a push from friends new and old – including the massive, and massively fabulous, Tiny Cooper, offensive lineman and musical theater auteur extraordinaire – Will and Will begin building toward respective romantic turns-of-heart and the epic production of history’s most awesome high school musical.
David Levithan will be a featured speaker at the Anderson’s YA Literature Conference in October, and I haven’t yet read anything by him. Will Grayson, Will Grayson was the only audiobook available by him at my library, and I picked it up for a recent road trip.
On the Plus Side:
- I always love a book that is set in Chicago with landmarks and local tidbits that I am familiar with.
- I’m glad the audio included 2 different narrators so that it was clear which Will Grayson was talking at any given point. Two characters with the same name can be confusing, but the authors pulled it off well.
- The novel includes some diversity with the inclusion of characters who are gay at varying points in their acceptance of their homosexuality.
On the Minus Side:
- I felt that the novel was slow moving and predictable at points. Although I didn’t dislike the book, I also never felt drawn in and connected with the story (I think that is why the review is feeling somewhat shorter than usual to me).
- The novel makes it seem as if coming to terms with one’s sexuality and opening up to others is a piece of cake. There is minimal portrayal of the struggles that are typical for teens at this stage in life.
Have you read any books by David Levithan? How does Will Grayson, Will Grayson compare to his other works?