BONUS BOOK: Will Grayson, Will Grayson by John Green and David Levithan

“You like someone who can’t like you back because unrequited love can be survived in a way that once-requited love cannot.”

Genre: Fiction

Book Jacket Synopsis: “One cold night, in a most un-likely corner of Chicago, two strangers cross paths. Two teens with the same name, running in two very different circles, suddenly find their lives going in new and unexpected directions, culminating in a heroic turns-of-heart and the most epic musical ever to grace the high school stage.”

Review: Will Grayson, Will Grayson has been on my list for awhile, largely because I am a *slightly* ashamed John Green fan and was eager to see how this collaboration between him and David Levithan played out. However, I ended up being disappointed with Will Grayson, Will Grayson as a whole for a number of different reasons. In a recent debate with a coworker of mine, I was told that John Green’s books are all identical in terms of plot, characters, and story development. I scoffed at this claim initially, but I also realized while reading Will Grayson, Will Grayson that it may have some validity. From the very first page of the very first chapter, I could immediately tell which Will Grayson was written by Green and which was written by Levithan. Having never read anything by Levithan, this was largely achieved by process of elimination. Some may argue that my ability to immediately pinpoint Green’s Grayson is a reflection of John Green’s literary voice but, truth be told, I think it’s more a reflection of finally seeing how his writing can be very formulaic. At first glance, the characters from his many different novels seem vastly unrelated and original. However, having now read all but one of his books, I can see certain linkages that unite even the most seemingly-diverse characters of his literary cast. For that reason, part of my two-star rating for this book largely stems from the fact that I “caught on” to John Green’s “Greenness” and wasn’t impressed. Coupled with the fact that the novel actually spends most of its time focusing on Tiny Cooper (best friend of Will Grayson #1 and boyfriend of Will Grayson #2), who is a pretty unlikable character (i.e., inconsiderate, annoying, self-centered, obnoxious), I ended up being glad when Will Grayson, Will Grayson was over. It is certainly not Green’s best work and something tells me it’s not Levithan’s either.





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