“When I was little, my dad used to tell me, “Will, you can pick your friends, and you can pick your nose, but you can’t pick your friend’s nose.” This seemed like a reasonably astute observation to me when I was eight, but it turns out to be incorrect on a few levels. To begin with, you cannot possibly pick your friends, or else I never would have ended up with Tony Cooper.”
Will Grayson’s best friend Tony Cooper is an easy character to hide behind, both literally and figuratively. He ends up dragging Will along into the craziest of situations and Will often wonders how he ended up there. One cold night, in a most unlikely corner of Chicago Will Grayson finds himself in a porn shop, meeting a second Will Grayson. Suddenly the two Will Grayson’s find their lives running in completely different, unexpected directions, culminating in heroic acts and the most energetic, epic musical ever to hit the high school stage.
It took me a while to actually get into Will Grayson, Will Grayson. I’ve heard such amazing things about it and I have often been told its the best book by each of these very well known and much loved authors. However I wasn’t feeling it at much as I expected, at least nothing grabbed me right at the start.
I knew the book was about two guys, both called Will Grayson, and they – at some point – meet. I didn’t know that that meeting was a third of the way into the book and a lot of what came before I didn’t really care for. These wasn’t a great deal of plot at any point in the book but once the two Wills meet I did like it a lot more and I started to actually like the characters a lot more.
I spent a lot of the book wondering if I was right in my assumption of which Will belonged to which author and I am happy to say that I was right (according to what is said in the ‘conversation between’ section of my copy of the book anyway!). I liked that I could tell the difference because I know the authors and once again, as with their standalone books, I preferred David Levithan’s Will more than John Green’s. I think this is because the character seemed to develop more throughout the story, whereas the other Will Grayson kinda just seemed to plod along being Tiny Coopers friend and not much else – don’t get me wrong, it was still interesting enough but I do think he was overshadowed a lot.
I enjoyed the idea of the gayest musical ever and what Tiny Cooper did to it to amend it and make it what it was and I liked some of the characters a lot in this book. They were funny and friendly and although they were probably quite extreme compared to the average American high school student, I really enjoyed following them around for the whole 300 pages.
I pretty much read this because it had been recommended to me a million times and I have got the spin off – Hold Me Closer: The Tiny Cooper Story – on my tbr too and I knew I needed to read this first. It was a decent read but I think out of all the characters I was mostly intrigued by Tiny Cooper, even though he was ridiculously intense and I don’t think its possible for any 16/17 year old boy to be as intense as he was, so I can’t wait to read that book!
I did enjoy Will Grayson, Will Grayson but I think I was expecting more from it than it delivered. It was funny and interesting and held a diverse set of characters that reminded me of a number of morals that people should adhere to but I can’t think of anything in it that will really stick to me like some of Levithan’s other stuff (I’ve only read The Fault in our Stars by Green so I can’t really compare this to that!). I would recommend it if your a fan of either author but I wouldn’t suggest it as an introduction to either of them unfortunately!Will Grayson, Will Grayson was published by Penguin books in May 2012. My copy was purchased at a book signing. To buy the book or for more info please visit: Amazon | Hive | Goodreads | John Green Website | David Levithan Website