Will Grayson, Will Grayson: The Secret Life of a Critic in Disguise

Will Grayson, Will Grayson: The Secret Life of a Critic in Disguise

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By (author) John Green, By (author) David Levithan

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  • Publisher: E P Dutton & Co Inc
  • Format: Hardback | 304 pages
  • Dimensions: 150mm x 211mm x 30mm | 272g
  • Publication date: 6 April 2010
  • Publication City/Country: New York
  • ISBN 10: 0525421580
  • ISBN 13: 9780525421580
  • Sales rank: 12,011

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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 them both legions of faithful fans.

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John Green is the award-winning, #1 bestselling author of "Looking for Alaska," "An Abundance of Katherines," "Paper Towns," "Will Grayson, Will Grayson" (with David Levithan), and "The Fault in Our Stars." His many accolades include the Printz Medal, a Printz Honor, and the Edgar Award. He has twice been a finalist for the "LA Times "Book Prize. John was selected by "TIME m"agazine as one of the 100 Most Influential People in the World. With his brother, Hank, John is one half of the Vlogbrothers (youtube.com/vlogbrothers), one of the most popular online video projects in the world. You can join the millions who follow John on Twitter (@realjohngreen) and tumblr (fishingboatproceeds.tumblr.com) or visit him online at johngreenbooks.com. John lives with his family in Indianapolis, Indiana. David Levithan is an award-winning and "New York Times-"bestselling author of many books for teens, including "Boy Meets Boy," "Wide Awake, ""Love Is the Higher Law, "and (with Rachel Cohn) "Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist. "He also works as an editor and, in his free time, takes way too many pictures. He lives in New Jersey. www.davidlevithan.com

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By TeensReadToo 28 Sep 2010 5

Two of today's most popular young adult authors have collaborated together on an entertaining journey into the lives of two characters, both named Will Grayson.

Told in alternating chapters and voices, each Will Grayson is introduced to the reader. Each Will slowly reveals the inner workings of their minds. John Green's Will Grayson has bounced from his friend, Tiny Cooper, to a sporty group of friends, back to Tiny Cooper.

Tiny is anything but Tiny. He's a hulking gay football player of a boy. Tiny is proud to be gay and is pushing to have the school let him put on his production Tiny Dancer: The Tiny Cooper Story. Tiny always puts Will in crazy or uncomfortable situations. Tiny is trying to set Will up with their friend, Jane. Will is attracted to Jane but can't bring himself to pursue her.

On the other side of the city is David Levithan's Will Grayson. This Will is a loner. His only friend is an Internet buddy, Isaac, who lives in Ohio. There's Maura, a girl from school who thinks she's Will's friend, but Will finds her intrusive and bothersome. Maura is convinced Will is gay, but Will refuses to divulge anything personal to her.

As the story develops, both Wills unexpectedly find themselves in the same bizarre porn shop in Chicago. Neither expected to be there, and when they realize they have the same name, they find themselves sitting outside trying to figure things out. Enter Tiny and Jane, and the night is about to get even more bizarre.

Each author has a distinctive style, and it's quite easy to distinguish between the two while reading WILL GRAYSON, WILL GRAYSON. I found one of the author's Will Grayson characters much more appealing than the other, but both are well-written and have fascinating stories to share. But in all honesty, I thought Tiny Cooper stole the show! He's such a large character (pun intended) and deserves a novel of his own!

If you're a fan of either Green or Levithan or both, WILL GRAYSON, WILL GRAYSON will surely please.

By Trisha Buckley 11 Sep 2010 5

I cannot talk too highly of this book. I will need to read it again, not only because I whipped through it at a great rate of knots, but also for the sheer of love its language, its structure, its characters and its messages.
All the reviews I have read don't focus on the Will Graysons, (because there are two of them, notice the title?), but rather on Tiny Cooper. And I guess there is logic in that, since Tiny is the fulcrum between the two other boys. Also, Tiny is a truly large character, both physically and in personality. His dramas and traumas dominate the narrative.

But Tiny is real, meaning things don't always go to plan. This is also true for the two narrators. Both Will Graysons are stuck in dreadful ruts. They have strict life plans and lots of defensive walls to keep people out. It's depressing in a black, funny way. John Green and David Levithan show their issues and fears as different, separate and oh so isolating. But of course ultimately it's the way they find each other, help each other and in turn help themselves.

To have a realistic YA novel with not one, but two male narrators, plus Tiny, who equals two characters on his own, is unusual and very moving. This is very inspiring stuff. Hmm, I may have made this book sound 'oh so serious' and 'all about issues', that's not the case. It is so so funny. Highly recommended.