22 January 2010

Will Grayson, Will Grayson; John Green and David Levithan

Will Grayson, Will Grayson Will Grayson, Will Grayson by John Green

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

The is a well-done coming-of-age story about two boys named Will Grayson and their relationships with Tiny Cooper (among others). OWG (Original Will Grayson) has been friends with Tiny since they were young, and it's a love-hate relationship as Tiny is 1. anything but and 2. very much out while OWG lives by the maxim "don't care too much and shut up". NWG (New Will Grayson) is also one of the less popular students at another school, with one friend (female) and an online relationship with a boy named Isaac.

The ways in which all three characters interact and grow feels very real to me; their issues and 'crises' reminded me of what I see every day at MPOW. Tiny's breakdown on the swing set speaks for any teen that doesn't quite fit into the usual teen mold - be they gay, fat, overly tall or short, shy, whatever.

Both Will Grayson's speak in different voices, which makes sense since this book is a collaboration between two authors who really do get how to write for teens. Whether they alternated, with each taking one WG, or co-wrote the entire story ultimately doesn't matter.

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