Saturday, April 24, 2010

WILL GRAYSON, WILL GRAYSON by John Green and David Levithan

Seeing the name of either of these authors on a book cover would have me heading to the nearest bookstore, but to see them both - Wow! I simply couldn't wait to read this one.

Will Grayson would love a girlfriend.  His best friend since elementary school is a guy named Tiny and he's anything but - tiny that is.  Together they have a friend named Jane.  Tiny has thought for a long time that Will and Jane would be good together, but being gay and have pretty awful luck in his own love life doesn't exactly qualify him to know what's best.

Will Grayson would love a boyfriend.  He is friends with Maura, but is about to find out she is guilty of a huge lie that is going to result in his humiliation.  His life is complicated - no father figure, an over-protective mother who doesn't know her son is gay, and a tendency toward chronic depression which so far fairly manageable with medication. 

Yes, there are two Will Graysons.  Hard to believe, but within driving distance of Chicago, there are two teens named Will Grayson, both struggling with issues of love and friendship.  Only Green and Levithan could come up with something so unique.

WILL GRAYSON, WILL GRAYSON starts out as a novel about frustrated love, but it turns into something much bigger.  Both Graysons learn the importance of good solid, dependable friendships when it comes to surviving everything life sends your way.  Told in alternating personalities, the story unfolds in bits and pieces and when it connects, becomes absolutely amazing.  In my humble opinion, this is the best for both authors and how cool that it all happens in one book.

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