REVIEW: Will Grayson, Will Grayson by John Green and David Levithan

Summary from Goodreads:

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.

I am a huge fan of John Green and his books so when I was given the opportunity to review this book, I jumped at the chance. Co-written by David Levithan, this novel is written by two of the best YA authors.

What happens when two people with the same name meet? When Will Grayson and Will Grayson’s lives collide, a journey of discovery and (quite a few) hilarious moments begins.

I think this is one of the hardest review I have ever written. How are you supposed to write about the characters when two of them have the same name?!

The first chapter in this novel is written by John Green and from the first sentence, I was hooked. John Green’s Will Grayson was this lost figure who was unhappy, even though he hadn’t realised it just yet. There was one scene that made me want to hug him so badly, but he’s just a fictional character so it’s a bit of an impossibility! I am extremely jealous of John Green; he writes such amazing characters
David Levithan’s Will Grayson was quite complicated, but in a good way. It took me a while to get used to the way his parts were written but I got it after a while and actually thought it was interesting.
Although not a main character, Tiny really did have a huge part in this novel. Without him it wouldn’t have felt complete. He was just so funny and a character I’ll miss now that I’ve finished the novel.

I really loved the plot idea. The whole concept is intriguing and I couldn’t help but put myself in their shoes- how would I react if I met someone with the same name as me?

This is a beautifully written novel that made me laugh at many different times. This book is definitely going on my favourites list.


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    Pink Lady 631
    13 February, 2013 at 4:37 am

    I would love to read this!

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    So Many Books, So Little Time
    13 February, 2013 at 12:32 pm

    I liked this, but ended up enjoyed John Green’s WG more than I did David Levithan’s. The lack of capitalisation REALLY irritated me!

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    13 February, 2013 at 3:31 pm

    Great review, Lucy! I am jumping on the John Green bandwagon fairly soon hopefully, and I’m sure I’ll pick this book up if it all goes well. I had no idea what it was about until now. It’s a pretty interesting idea! I can’t imagine meeting someone with the same full name as me. 😛

    By the way, I LOVE your gorgeous header!

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    Rebekah Campbell
    13 February, 2013 at 4:49 pm

    Really like David Levithan’s humour so think this one will be right up my street! Have to admit that two characters with the same name sounds very interesting indeed 😉
    Glad you found a new favourite, Lucy!

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    Jessica@Booked Up!
    13 February, 2013 at 8:46 pm

    Ooo, a John Green book! Will Grayson, Will Grayson sounds brilliant, and I’m so glad you enjoyed it, Lucy!

    The plot sounds really unique – meeting someone with the same name would be kind of freaky!

    Thanks for sharing your wonderful review with us, Lucy! 🙂

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    fiona hadfield
    13 February, 2013 at 8:48 pm

    I really want to read this! Sounds so good! Really interested in how this story is told.

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    13 February, 2013 at 9:50 pm

    I really liked The Fault in Our Stars, and I would really like to read some others of John Green, especially Looking for Alaska! I think John Green has a very diverse and intricate way of creating plot lines! He is one of my first male authors who I actually enjoyed reading about despite the hype! Lovely review Lucy!

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