Book Review: Will Grayson, Will Grayson

Will Grayson, Will Grayson is the hilarious account of what happens when two Chicago teens, both named Will Grayson, meet on a night that changed both of their lives irrevocably.

Will Grayson, Will Grayson

John Green and David Levithan



The book is written by John Green and David Levithan, who alternate chapters and each created a Will Grayson.

Green’s Will is a play-it-safe teenager, who lives his life according to two rules: shut up and don’t care too much (also, this Will uses correct capitalization).

On the other side, Levithan’s Will is a severely depressed gay teen, who mostly just hates everyone (and has a near-complete lack of capitalization throughout the novel). When the two Wills meet, their lives begin to overlap and interact in ways that neither Will was expecting.

The novels start out with Green’s Will asserting something his father told him (and that we’ve all heard at some point): you can pick your friends, and you can pick your nose, but you can’t pick your friend’s nose.

The book goes on to prove both of these assertions entirely false. It is rarely up to us to pick our friends, and sometimes it is quite necessary for us to pick our friends’ noses.

The two Wills actually have little interaction in the entirety of the book, but their lives intertwine in an intricate way.

The two Wills’s first meeting sort of sets the tone for the whole novel. They do not meet in a dimly-lit bar, or a bass-thumping club, or even on a school field trip. The two Will Graysons meet in a brightly-lit porn store called Frenchy’s.


I give it 3 out of 5 stars


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Book Review: Will Grayson, Will Grayson

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