I have read and reviewed Will Grayson, Will Grayson before, but not since I started doing structured reviews and not in the audiobook format. So you guys get a normal review instead of my reread format.
Novel: Will Grayson, Will Grayson by John Green and David Levithan
Summary (from GoodReads): 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.
Hilarious, poignant, and deeply insightful, John Green and David Levithan’s collaborative novel is brimming with a double helping of the heart and humor that have won both them legions of faithful fans.
Characters: This book may be called Will Grayson, Will Grayson, but this story is actually about Tiny Cooper. Kind of.... he is something larger than himself (which is quite large already) and he is integral to the change that takes place in both Will Graysons. I love Tiny Cooper, he is hilarious and wonderful and I want a friend like him in my life. As for the Will Graysons, they have more in common then their names. They both feel friendless, they both try not to care. One Will Grayson defines himself by shutting up and not caring and the other is defined by his anger and depression. However... they are both hilarious.
Plot/Pacing: It's John Green and David Levithan, so this book is the perfect mix of hilarious and moving. It's over the top, but in this completely believable way. I was driving down the highway laughing and by the next exit, I'd be crying. FYI--there is a porn shop and references to sex and one of the Will Graysons has to pick his friends nose. These references are hilarious and real, although, I expect that some people will have issues with them. They aren't particularly subtle, but there also isn't graphic sex, just some minor makeouts. I like minor makeouts.
Moments I Loved: One of the Will Graysons (GEEZ, this is hard!) gets a fake ID and the guy puts the wrong birth year on it, so when he tries to get into the concert, his fake only says he's twenty. As for the other Will Grayson, I liked the moment he came out to his mom. I just loved his relationship with his mom in general. I've said this before, but she is the kind of parent that YA Lit needs.
WTF Moments: The whole Isaac situation. Wow, just... wow. And OMG. Also, wow.
Narrators: Unfortunately, I hear John Green's voice in my head when I read his books, so it took me a chapter or two to get used to this narrator who only slightly sounded like John Green. The second narrator was really angry, which fit the character, but it is such a striking different to the first, indifferent Will Grayson, that it threw me off at first. Once I got used to the narrators, I really enjoyed the audiobook. They sang a lot of the songs, which was... weird, but good. I don't know. Tiny writes a lot of showtunes so there is an unusual amount of singing and I just don't think the audiobook did it justice, but that's one of those things that is better in your head, I think.
Overall: This book is just as good the second time. It made me laugh and cry and hope that John Green and David Levithan team up again for another book. There are so many quotable quotes in this book.
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