Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Will Grayson, Will Grayson - John Green & Davud Levithan.


Title: Will Grayson, Will Grayson.
Author: John Green & David Levithan.
Format: Hardcover.
Release Date: April 6th 2010
Genre: YA, Fiction, Romance, Contemporary.
Stars out of ten: ☆☆☆☆☆☆

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.
This book is written by John Green and David Levithan (if you haven't already guessed) and is through the perspective of two different teenage boys both named Will Grayson.
The things I liked about this book:
  • The contrast between the two Will Grayson's 
John Green's Will Grayson is very lovable, kind and just wants to pass through his high school life as any normal teenager would, whereas David Levithan's Will Grayson is very depressed and has hardly any friends. I really enjoyed learning about the two very different people. I loved the character development of the two characters, making this book a little more interesting.

  • The humour
The usual John Green humour was incorporated into this book.
This made the book a whole lot more bearable and interesting. I remember sitting in a cover lesson for religious studies, sneakily hiding my book under my textbook and actually laughing, gaining many odd looks from fellow students.

“I feel like my life is so scattered right now. Like it's all the small pieces of paper and someone's turned on the fan. But, talking to you makes me feel like the fan's been turned off for a little bit. Like things could actually make sense. You completely unscatter me, and I appreciate that so much.”

  • The cruel twist halfway through the book
 I really didn't see the twist in the plot when it came to David Levithan's Will, and although it broke my heart, it did add some surprise to the storyline.
Will 2 (David Levithan's Will) arranged to meet an online crush he had been talking to for some months named Isaac. Isaac was the only thing holding hope and happiness in Will's life, but when he goes to meet him he find out Isaac wasn't real, he was made up by his 'friend' Maura.
The cruelty necessary do that to someone else - the complete and utter lack of empathy with which Maura told him really gave me some of strongest feelings I got from the book, a sad fact since I liked Will 2 a lot less in general.
“i have a friend request from some stranger on facebook and i delete it without looking at the profile because that doesn't seem natural. 'cause friendship should not be as easy as that. it's like people believe all you need to do is like the same bands in order to be soulmates. or books. omg... U like the outsiders 2... it's like we're the same person! no we're not. it's like we have the same english teacher. there's a difference.”  

 The things I didn't like about this book;
  • Tiny Cooper
Tiny Copper was one of the main characters and although he did play a very important part in the storyline, I didn't find myself liking Tiny Cooper at all. He was very quirky, outgoing, obnoxious? I just didn't like how Tiny was described and I didn't find myself loving Tiny as much as I would've liked to.

“I've never known before what it feels like to want someone - not to want to hook up with them or whatever, but to want them, to want them. And now I do. So maybe I do believe in epiphanies.”  

  • The relationships
This doesn't account for all of the relationships between the characters, I loved the friendship between Tiny and Will 1. But the relationship between Will 2 and Tiny was very flawed. I just couldn't imagine these two very different people being together, the writing didn't help to convince me it just made me realise how different they were.

  • The general plot
Looking back on reading this book there was not really any plot, it was just about two boys who were very different but with the same name, meeting in 'Frenchy's'. They then go on with their lives both falling in love. I just felt it lacked the depth that 9I had expected from these two authors.


This review does seem very pessimistic, however I did think this book was hilarious and a very enjoyable read. Although it did have some flaws, I think it all depends on your perspective.

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(P.s : School was hectic, but now it is Christmas holidays. So I apologise on Celine and I's behalf.)