Will Grayson, Will Grayson

Will Grayson, Will Grayson

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When two teens, one gay and one straight, meet accidentally and discover that they share the same name, their lives become intertwined as one begins dating the other's best friend, who produces a play revealing his relationship with them both.
Publisher: New York : Dutton, [2010], ©2010
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780525421580
Branch Call Number: FICTION Gre
Description: 310 pages ; 22 cm
Audience: 014-017
Additional Contributors: Levithan, David


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Two teens with the same name (Will Grayson, will grayson) navigate issues of friendship, true love, self-identity, and depression while teaming up for the most fabulously autobiographical high school musical ever.

Will Grayson and Will Grayson are not twins; they're not even related. But when they meet, they find out they share a common friend who brings them together in the only way he knows - by creating a musical.

CRRL_CraigG Jun 25, 2015

In this experimental novel, authors John Green and David Levithan bring their respective Wills to life in alternating chapters. Levithan has done this project before with Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist, but the real treat of the book are Green’s chapters. The author and professional Nerdfight... Read More »

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Sgordano Apr 23, 2019

It's definitely best geared towards an older teen audience if only for language issues. In that sense, it's super authentic to the actual teen experience (as we've come to expect from both of these accomplished YA authors!). I could really put a face to all of the characters in this book, even Tiny for as over the top as he can be.

Magical. Will Grayson (narrated by John Green) meets Will Grayson (narrated by David Levithan) – two teenage boys with the same name, and nothing in common except the absolutely fabulous Tiny Cooper. For Tiny alone, you must read this book. Best. Character. Ever. (submitted by TH)

Aug 01, 2018

So...This book was not at all as I expected. Since, it was John Green I thought it would be a great read, but I was wrong. I was super excited to read this book, because the plotline seemed really interesting and I really enjoyed John Green's Fault in Our Stars, so I thought I would enjoy this book too. I put it on hold and waited for 1 week. After I started reading the book, I realized that I had set my expectations too high. I enjoyed the firm distinction between the characters personalities, but did not like the way the story was built. For one, it was very complicated and hard to understand. The second Will Grayson's story was especially confusing. Then, when they actually met it was not as exciting as I thought. They only talked for about one chapter and then carried on with their own lives. There was no friendship built which really upset me. The ending was the worse. I will not spoil it, but I would just like to say that it was not expected and was not very thought out.

Jun 07, 2018

Impossible not to love this book

May 25, 2018

Perhaps my favorite John Green book. Though to be fair half the story belongs to David Levithan. They each write from the perspective of a different Will Grayson. Somehow this book manages to be hilarious, depressing, exciting, sweet, inspiring, and any number more of descriptors. It really is the full package.

Mar 14, 2018

Will Grayson has two rules: Shut up and Don’t care too much. He tries to live without being noticed. He keeps all his feelings inside and shuts everyone out.
will grayson wants to either kill himself or everyone around him. The only thing he cares about is Isaac, a boy he talks to online.
One night, both Will Graysons cross paths. When the two boys meet, their lives intersect.

I recommend this book to people aged 14 and above.

Nov 25, 2017

Imagine randomly running into a stranger who shares your name. Will Grayson lives with his parents and hangs out with his friends Tiny, certified drama queen, and Jane, intriguing but aloof. Will Grayson lives with his mother and is in love with a boy he has been chatting with online. When Will and Will unexpectedly encounter one another one night in downtown Chicago, their social circles irrevocably overlap.

It's usually a fun diversion to read some contemporary teen titles (drama! angst! unrequited affection!), and this was no exception. Unfortunately, I found the character Tiny to have few redeeming qualities, which was a rather significant stumbling block and somewhat problematic when it came to certain major plot points, but I determinedly gave him the benefit of the doubt and continued on. Worth a read, if you like to indulge in young adult titles now and then.

Oct 17, 2017

It was a pretty good book, but I don't get why it was titled " Will Grayson, Will Grayson ". The book was more about the Wills' personal life, when I would've liked to see more detail on how they came to know each other and how their lives related seeing as how the title is both of their names.

P.S It would've also been great if the two Will's ended up together...

Sep 29, 2017

I love this book so much. Although I though it should have been titled Tiny Cooper because I feel he was the real star of this book. This book would have been a 1 star without that character. This is fantastic as an audiobook.

Aug 23, 2017

this book was a really great book. it definitely gave emotion and gave reality to problems others have. when reading this book one thing that is good to know is that every other chapter is one of the Will Grayson’s. i did not know this so when reading this novel it was slightly confusing, especially around chapter seven (so please keep in mind when switching chapters it's switching between the two Will Grayson's). i would also like to point out, that just like this review, the book does not have any capitalization at the beginning of sentences and has all lower case i’s. this didn't bother me but if you don't like grammatical errors and noticed all these errors, you may get slightly annoyed. overall this was a very good novel with great emotion and it gives a view to people's lives that you may not know of. i would definitely recommended this book to anyone as a great book to pass time, and it's not too long! 3.5/5 stars! Would read again!
- @MyWeekIsBooked of the Teen Review Board of the Hamilton Public Library

This book is quite frankly depressing, both literally and metaphorically. The two main characters are actually quite similar and both very ridden with social anxiety and not-coming-out-of-their-shell personas, and the fact that I've read plenty of reviews of others regarding these authors with such high degrees led me to have great expectations. I am only a few chapters in but the novel is boring and really dreadful to read. Mixing two of your favorite things doesn't make it any better.
- @Florence of the Teen Review Board of the Hamilton Public Library

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Laura_X Apr 04, 2016

When things break, it's not the actual breaking that prevents them from getting back together again. It's because a little piece gets lost - the two remaining ends couldn't fit together even if they wanted to. The whole shape has changed.

ellensix Oct 09, 2015

"I just want you to be happy. If that's with me or with someone else or with nobody. I just want you to be happy."
—John Green, Will Grayson, Will Grayson

Aug 29, 2015

“Maybe there's something you're afraid to say, or someone you're afraid to love, or somewhere you're afraid to go. It's gonna hurt. It's gonna hurt because it matters.”

Aug 06, 2015

"My name is will Grayson and I appreciate you"-Will Grayson

NyaReads Aug 04, 2015

"And you know how no one ever listens to [their parents'] advice, because even if it were true it's so annoying and condescending that it just makes you want to go, like, develop a meth addiction and have unprotected sex with eighty-seven thousand anonymous partners?" (pg. 76)

JCLBeckyC Jul 01, 2015

"You really did all that? You looked after him in Little League?"
"Eh, he looked after me, too," I say.
"Compassion is hot," she says as we kiss.

thisgrrlreads Nov 19, 2013

"the bean is this really stupid sculpture that they did for millenium park — i guess at the millenium — which originally had another name, but everyone started calling it the bean and the name stuck. it’s basically this big reflective metal bean that you can walk under and see yourself all distorted. i mean, i’ve been here before on school trips, but i’ve never been here with someone as huge as tiny before. usually it’s hard to locate yourself in the reflection, but this time i know i’m the wavy twig standing next to the big blob of humanity." (page 146)

Halfbloodprincess Jun 16, 2013

I give people credit for buying into consumerism. - straight Will Grayson

Feb 01, 2012

p 144
tiny doesn't just sing these words - he belts them. it's like a parade coing out of his mouth. i have no doubt the words travel over lake michigan to most of canada and on to the north pole. the farmers of saskatchewan are crying. santa is turning to mrs. claus and saying 'what the fuck is that?'

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Shyanne Duquette
May 01, 2013

Sexual Content: it has some internet chat scene sex stuff, but its not too bad.

Jan 05, 2013

Coarse Language: As above, some f-bombs.

k_t May 29, 2010

Coarse Language: Does contain a few mentions of the f-bomb, but nothing that a teen can't handle (I'd just be wary of using it in book clubs).


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Jun 29, 2013

A awesome book about 2 kids, one gay and one straight, both named Will Grayson. They both have very different stories that intertwine to create an awesome musical, "Hold Me Closer," by gay football player, Tiny Cooper.

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