Will Grayson, Will Grayson
By John Green and David Levithan
April 6, 2010
Dutton Juvenile, 304 pages
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.
— Amazon.com description
John Green + David Levithan = Pure goodness.
Sure, the goodness involves 16-year-olds spouting off a few words that even I, a professional word nerd, had to look up, but this is sort of what we all love and have come to expect from these brilliant authors. It’s like Dawson’s Creek, right? No one ever talked like that, but we all wanted to imagine that we, too, could be that charming and philosophical and cool.
This book is a love story, and though it involves romance – gay and straight! hooray! – it’s a love story about friendship. There are two Will Graysons in this book, but for me it was all about the friendship between “Original Will Grayson” and his best friend, Tiny “Too Fabulous to Sweat” Cooper. I love how Will describes his vision for their future friendship:
“I want you to come over to my house in twenty years with your dude and your adopted kids and I want our f****** kids to hang out and I want to, like, drink wine and talk about the Middle East or whatever the f*** we’re gonna want to do when we’re old.”
Can I be their friend? I was chuckling aloud, and Will & Co. had me captivated throughout. I’d recommend this to fans of both authors, though not my favorite from either, so I wouldn’t pick it out as your first Levithan or Green read. First-timers should try An Abundance of Katherines and Dash & Lily’s Book of Dares.
Bonus: Will Grayson, Will Grayson introduced me to what is now officially my new favorite curse phrase ever: “f****** witch a** b**** mussolini al-qaeda darth vader non-entity.”