Reviewer: Danielle Mason
Title: Will Grayson, Will Grayson
Author: John Green and David Levithan
Publisher: Dutton Books
Release Date: April 2010
Genre/Sub-genre: YA Fiction
Publisher’s Age/Grade Recommendation: Ages 14 and Up
OUAR’s Age/Grade Recommendation: Ages 15 and Up
Year/Setting: Present day, Chicago
Overall Rating: 4.5
Sexual Content Rating: Subtle
Language (Profanity/Slang) Content Rating: Mild
Violent Content Rating: None
John and David's Website/Blog: www.sparksflyup.com | www.davidlevithan.com
One night in Chicago at a most unlikely place Will Grayson meets another boy named Will Grayson and their lives—though subtly, become entwined. To distinguish between the two Will Grayson's, one is from Chicago and the other is from a suburb called Naperville. The link that entwined their lives is Tiny Cooper, the best friend of the Will from Chicago.
Now Tiny plays a major role in this book. He is putting on a play called Tiny Dancer and it is based on his life. What you wouldn't expect to know about Tiny but also plays a major role is the fact that Tiny is gay and not afraid to show it either. He isn't tiny either, he is a big football player and a really great character in this book. Tiny by far was my favorite to read.
On the night that the two Grayson's meet is the night that Tiny and the Naperville Will start their relationship. It all starts with heartbreak. Naperville Will was actually in Chicago to meet his online boyfriend Isaac, but what he finds out is very devastating and in turn Tiny is there to make it all better. While at first they are getting along great it turns into a little much for Will who suffers from anxiety, depression and is just used to things not going the way they should. In order to make things right Will does something very sweet for Tiny during his play. Chicago Will's life is kind of basic you would say. He has always had Tiny but has never appreciated him until recently when he feels the friendship slipping away. It also doesn't help that Tiny is trying to fix Will up with Jane who is a mutual friend. What is typical of a high school love is that Will is very much into Jane he is just afraid of it ending badly or ruining their friendship, you know the normal worries. Finally though after quite a bit of back and forth Will and Jane do get together and are there to help Tiny on his opening night of Tiny Dancer.
Now while it may seem I am being very vague I am not. There is just so much going on in this book that giving away the major points would ruin it and this book is worth reading to just find out how everything comes together. I may not have been gay in high school, nor am I now, but I related to this book and was put back into time remembering when I went through similar things.
All of the relationships in this book were very fun to read about. Chicago Will and Tiny was the best though. I am so glad that Will realized just how much Tiny meant to him in time to secure the relationship for good. A friendship like the one you read here about Will and Tiny is definitely a gift and one to cherish forever.
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