Before I begin delving into the wonder that is Will Grayson, Will Grayson, let me preface things by saying that I strongly feel that this book is for more mature readers. It deals quite candidly with issues of homosexuality, friendship, depression, and everything that might go along with those issues. The authors, John Green and David Levithan, really don’t hold anything back, and some readers may not be able to handle that. So…make sure you can deal with the issues presented in this book before you pick it up.
Okay. Disclaimer over. On to the fun part.
Even though they live mere miles apart, Will Grayson and will grayson have never met. (The capitalization, or lack thereof, is intentional. This is often how the two Wills are distinguished in the book.) That’s all about to change. On a weird night in Chicago that is fraught with disappointment for both of our boys, Will meets will in a rather odd location, and worlds collide. Both Wills are dealing with their own issues, some serious, some not-so-much, and their lives begin to intertwine on this cold Chicago night.
Will Grayson’s best friend is the large and fabulously gay Tiny Cooper. Tiny is a star football player and musical theater enthusiast. When will grayson comes face to face with Tiny, sparks ignite, and life for both Wills gets a little complicated. Will’s best friend, Tiny, is now involved with will. (Confused yet?) Now Will Grayson is a little jealous that Tiny is spending so much time with will grayson. Relationships are changing, and neither Will is really comfortable with this. On top of all of this, Tiny Cooper is trying to write, produce, direct, and star in the most fabulously wonderful high school musical in history, and, of course, it’s based on his life (and the lives of those around him). What will happen to Will Grayson, will grayson, and the force of nature that is Tiny Cooper? I’ll leave that for you to find out.
I am fully aware that this post has not even come close to doing justice to this book. I truly loved this book, but it’s really difficult to describe Will Grayson, Will Grayson in just a couple hundred words. John Green and David Levithan have done a wonderful job of showing how two boys’ lives can intersect and how one person can impact them so dramatically. Sensitive subjects are dealt with frankly and with humor. Some novels fall short on this, but Will Grayson, Will Grayson excels in giving most, if not all, readers someone to relate to. Highly recommended.