Will Grayson, Will Grayson
by John Green and David Levithan
Summary: 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.
So John Green is one of my favourite authors and has been ever since I read Looking for Alaska like five or six years ago - I've probably made that clear by now what with constantly pimping out his books and gushing about his writing and all that and while I've only read 3 books by David Levithan (two of which were co-written with Rachel Cohn), I really loved his books too. So of course, I had high expectations for this book.
It did not disappoint. It was awesome. It was awesome in the kind of way that only a John Green or David Levithan can be awesome and I can't quite put that into words.
It wasn't my favourite book from either of them (Looking for Alaska and Nick & Norah's Infinite Playlist take those titles), but it was still really great. They're amongst the tiny group of authors who can write characters that I hate and have me love the book anyway and then have me love the characters by the end...I'm not easy to win over once I hate a character but damn it, they both managed to do it.
I loved the minor characters in the book, particularly Jane and Tiny, but damn I hated both Will Graysons from the start - and then there was this kind of turning point outside of a porn shop (you'll get it when you read it) when it started to change, they started to grow on me and then I loved them and I loved them because while they got better as characters, they didn't suddenly totally change...they remained flawed and those flaws made them so much more real and the relationships more real and so reading it felt more real and for the entire second half of the book almost, I couldn't stop smiling most of the time. Seriously, my face was hurting when I finished reading at 6am. I love it when a book can make me smile (and laugh, cause the book made me laugh a few times too).
I don't want to talk about the plot. I liked it, but I don't want to try and explain why I liked it...some things just have to be read for yourself.
The writing, as always, was excellent and I had a bunch of scrap pieces of paper filling the book marking quotes that I loved by the time I finished reading:
The only thing I didn't particularly like was that in David's Will Grayson chapters, things weren't capitalised (like the starts of sentences or names) and the dialogue was written like (mum: hi) instead of the usual format - I guess it was to make it unique and suit that Will but it bugged me a little sometimes (although the dialogue wasn't as annoying as the lack of capitals).
I guess that's all I can really say. I've yet to be disappointed by a John Green book and books like this definitely leave me wanting to read more of David's books. If you've never read any of their books, go do that. Seriously.
On another note, I want to see Tiny's musical, because it sounded awesome.