Wednesday, November 10

Will Grayson, Will Grayson by John Green and David Levithan

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Life is tough if you’re Will Grayson. When two teenagers – both named Will Grayson – meet, their lives take an interesting turn.

Along the way they learn about love, friendship, awkward meetings, fake fake IDs, and the power of musicals. They are accompanied by not-quite-lovers, back-stabbing friends, jocks who can sing, mothers who want Mr. Darcy, and the ever-fabulous Tiny Cooper.

I've wanted to read Will Grayson, Will Grayson for ages now. I’d heard about it, but it wasn't until I saw the video of John Green reading the opening of the book himself that I knew I had to read it.

I had actually planned to snatch up the book from the library on a previous occasion, only to find out that someone else had beat me to it. Sneaky!

When I cruised through the library again at a later date and saw it, it was soon in my hands and I was out the door... with it properly checked out of course.

I’ll admit, it took me a while to get around to it, but once I started I was consumed by it. I loved the contrast of the two Will Grayson boys. They are both written so well and their voices really come through. The book is co-written, so each author writes from the perspective of one Will in alternating chapters.

Will Grayson, Will Grayson is filled with a lot of humour, truth and emotion. It is a balance I like to see in a novel. I look forward to owning a copy, as I had to send the library book back before my mother could get a chance to read the book. Oh yeah, I roped her in.

The satisfaction towards the ending of the book may vary depending on the reader, but I found that I enjoyed it. If it left me wanting more it was only from a desire to read the book again.

This is the first I have read of either John Green or David Levithan and I look forward to picking up more books by both authors in the future.

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