Review + Giveaway: Will Grayson, Will Grayson by John Green & David Levithan

September 5, 2013 Book Review, YA, Young Adult 31 ★★★½

Will Grayson, Will GraysonWill Grayson, Will Grayson by David Levithan, John Green
Published by Dutton Children's on April 6th 2010
Genres: Contemporary Fiction
Format: Paperback
Source: Bought
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One cold night, in a most unlikely corner of Chicago, two teens—both named Will Grayson—are about to cross paths. As their worlds collide and intertwine, the Will Graysons find their lives going in new and unexpected directions, building toward romantic turns-of-heart and the epic production of history’s most fabulous high school musical.

Hilarious, poignant, and deeply insightful, John Green and David Levithan’s collaborative novel is brimming with a double helping of the heart and humor that have won both of them legions of faithful fans.

Will Grayson, Will Grayson was the choice for our August book club meeting. As a huge fan of John Green’s The Fault in Our Stars as well as a couple collabs David Levithan had previously written with other authors, I couldn’t wait to see what they could do together!

My initial reaction from the first few chapters went something like this, ‘Ooookay?’ lol But the characters really grew on me. Will Grayson #1 is the type who has built a strong wall around himself. He lived his life with a firm belief system that goes like this:

1. Don’t care too much. 2. Shut up.

Seriously, that’s how he approached everything. He didn’t want to care about girls or get involved, too afraid to get his heart broken. But he was a total stand up guy who fully supported his gay best friend, Tiny Cooper, in all the ways a friend should. Tiny Cooper was an interesting character. Very eccentric, if I had to describe him in one word. He was a little out there for me at times but at other times he just melted my heart with his ability to love everyone around him. But back to Will Grayson #1… somewhere along the line he changed into this super sweet guy who dedicated songs to a girl he liked at a concert he couldn’t even go to, a boy who said the part he loved most about girls was the noticing – the way they smile, the way they smell.  Such a sweetheart!

Will Grayson #2 I wasn’t so sure about at first. A very distrusting character, the cynical loner type, who had grown incredibly attached to an online friend – one he truly connected with on many levels, one he was hoping for more with. When it all comes tumbling down, the other Will Grayson is there as well as the infamous Tiny.  I must say though, this Will Grayson? HILARIOUS!  He really cracked me up!

The authors did a tremendous job at creating two very distinct characters who were so very different in so many ways, but alike in others. They both were reserved and afraid of who they were but made such a transition from start to finish. Tiny Cooper had a lot to do with that. The story spends time focusing on the building of relationships and of a musical Tiny Cooper has written about his life, his friendship with Will Grayson #1, and love. This was part of the ‘ooookay’ I mentioned above but it grew on me and held a lot of importance towards the end, wrapping the story up in a sweet and wonderful way.

Overall, this collab was full of interesting characters, a lot of laughs and some touching moments too! I’d recommend it to anyone looking for a light and fun read!



To help celebrate the YA Book Club I am a part of, I would love to occasionally offer up a copy of the books we read to a lucky reader! So for this month, I’m offering up a Kindle or Nook copy of Will Grayson, Will Grayson to one of you! This giveaway is international, as long as you are able to accept Kindle or Nook copies.

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1. Giveaway is International (as long as you are able to accept books for Kindle or Nook.)
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About David Levithan

David Levithan (born 1972) is an American children’s book editor and award-winning author. He published his first YA book, Boy Meets Boy, in 2003. Levithan is also the founding editor of PUSH, a Young Adult imprint of Scholastic Press.

About John Green

John Green’s first novel, Looking for Alaska, won the 2006 Michael L. Printz Award presented by the American Library Association. His second novel, An Abundance of Katherines, was a 2007 Michael L. Printz Award Honor Book and a finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize. His next novel, Paper Towns, is a New York Times bestseller and won the Edgar Allen Poe Award for Best YA Mystery. In January 2012, his most recent novel, The Fault in Our Stars, was met with wide critical acclaim, unprecedented in Green’s career. The praise included rave reviews in Time Magazine and The New York Times, on NPR, and from award-winning author Markus Zusak. The book also topped the New York Times Children’s Paperback Bestseller list for several weeks. Green has also coauthored a book with David Levithan called Will Grayson, Will Grayson, published in 2010. The film rights for all his books, with the exception of Will Grayson Will Grayson, have been optioned to major Hollywood Studios.

In 2007, John and his brother Hank were the hosts of a popular internet blog, “Brotherhood 2.0,” where they discussed their lives, books and current events every day for a year except for weekends and holidays. They still keep a video blog, now called “The Vlog Brothers,” which can be found on the Nerdfighters website.

Sara @ Forever 17 Books

31 Responses to “Review + Giveaway: Will Grayson, Will Grayson by John Green & David Levithan”

  1. Nick @ Nick's Book Blog

    This looks like an interesting read. I haven’t read anything by John Green or David Levithan, but I’ve heard great things about their writing.
    I think I would like Will Grayson #1 a bit more, but I like that other one was funny.
    I will check this one out at the library.
    Lovely review, Sara! 🙂
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  2. Cait D

    I really loved TFiOS (and Loooking for Alaska) by John Green. After those two, I just wanted to read all his books! The premise for Will Grayson, Will Grayson sounds really interesting (woah, like nothing I’ve read before! :P). I definitely want to try it. Great review!

  3. Selene Gomez

    I have read books by both John Green and David Levithan, so for a while I’ve been wondering how a book with BOTH of them would be. Their styles are very distinctiv and… well, you have to read The Fault in Our Stars by John Green and Two boys Kissing by David Levithan.

  4. Aparajita

    two authors is still need to check……. hope i get to win your giveaway i’m definitely interested in reading this and the plot around this book just seems the right blend for a change of reading habits
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  5. Stephanie

    I read this years ago, my first John Green book. I felt exactly the same way as you did about Will#2, but he totally grew on me by the end. I loved how they came together and Tiny’s musical success. I’d love for it to be made into a movie just for that reason:)

  6. Hannah

    I have not read anything by ether author, but I’ve been wanting to read The fault in our stars by John green!
    I’ve hear any of good things about this book but after reading the review sounds even better!

  7. Erika

    I’m intrigued by the two great authors and appreciate your thoughts! I’m glad to hear you enjoyed the book! Thanks!

  8. Aman

    I haven’t heard a lot about this book, Looking for Alaska and TFioS are the more popular John Green books, but I’m glad that you found it enjoyable. I still haven’t read any JG, really need to do that! Wonderful review, Sara! I like the sound of Will Grayson #1.
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  9. Kim @ YA Asylum

    I’ve been wondering about this book. I haven’t read much by David Levithan, but I am a big fan of John Green. I think it’d be interesting to read a collab where the authors are trying to sound different. Usually, when authors collab (from what I’ve read), they try to merge so it doesn’t seem too apparent. Great review!

  10. Lily

    I can’t believe you only just read this book! I love John Green and(usually David Levithan’s books too!) so this was a definte read for me. I connected with the characters so well in this book and the story seemed so orginial and simple. Defintely a refreshing contemporary read and i’m so glad you liked it too Sara! 🙂
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  11. starryeyedjen

    I still need to read this one. I just bought Paper Towns, and I really want to read more John Green after adoring TFiOS. Glad this one was funny. I’m also totally jealous that you’re a part of a real-life book club. 🙂
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  12. Ann

    I haven’t read any novels by the authors, but I think the premise of the book is really interesting. I wonder what will happen with two people with the same name meet.

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