Student Review by Tyani J.: Will Grayson, Will Grayson by John Green & David Levithan

Will Grayson, will graysonTitle: Will Grayson, Will Grayson

Author: John Green & David Levithan

Publisher: Dutton Children’s

Published: April 2010

Interests: Contemporary, realistic fiction, GLBT, humor, friendship

Summary (from Goodreads): 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.

Tyani’s Review: Will Grayson, Will Grayson is yet another fantastic John Green novel but this time with the added bonus of being able to meet another great author David Levithan. The book is separated with every chapter switching off between authors. At first, I could not stand David Levithan’s style of writing. He does not use correct grammar, no apostrophes, no name capitalizations, and he doesn’t capitalize the beginning of his sentences. Being quite a bit of a grammar-Nazi when it comes to other people’s writing, I was ready to stop reading this book. But I sucked it up and read on; I realized how important this writing style was to create the voice for The Other Will Grayson. It not only helps clarify who is writing but I feel like it fits his personality as well.

I loved every little bit of this story. I loved the characters personalities, how the stories intertwined yet still had their own storyline, the musical songs, everything. At the end of the book, I felt like Tiny Cooper was my best friend too and even though I have no idea the tunes of the songs, I wanted to sing along. I was a bit disappointed in the end, just with some personal opinions of who should have ended up together and such, but other than that, it was grand. John Green has done it again and I look forward to reading more of David Levithan’s writings.




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