Will Grayson, Will Grayson by John Green and David Levithan
“Will Grayson meets Will Grayson. One cold night, in a most unlikely corner of Chicago, two strangers are about to cross paths. From that moment on, their world will collide and Iives intertwine.
It’s not that far from Evanston to Naperville, but Chicago suburbanites Will Grayson and Will Grayson might as well live on different planets. When fate delivers them both to the same surprising crossroads, the Will Graysons find their lives overlapping and hurtling in new and unexpected directions. With a push from friends new and old – including the massive, and massively fabulous, Tiny Cooper, offensive lineman and musical theater auteur extraordinaire – Will and Will begin building toward respective romantic turns-of-heart and the epic production of history’s most awesome high school musical”.
Will Grayson and Will Grayson come from two different worlds, it seems. Will Grayson (1) has a best friend who is gay and called Tiny Cooper (even though, he is huge) and Will Grayson (2) lives with his mother, abandoned by his father, and he has basically given up on life. According to him, the only light in his dark life is Isaac, an internet friend/flirt. One day they decide to meet in Chicago. Not everything goes according to plan, but Will Grayson (2) meets Will Grayson (1) and suddenly, the two Will lives intertwine.
“It’s hard to believe in coincidence, but it’s even harder to believe in anything else.”
This book is about friendship, love, growing up and going through the many emotions and insecurities of being young and not feeling good about yourself. Love will not always work out, as you hoped, but at least, you have dared yourself to experience it.
“You like someone who can’t like you back because unrequited love can be survived in a way that once-requited love cannot. ”
John Green has written many interesting books (e.g. “The Fault in Our Stars, “Will Grayson, Will Grayson”, “Paper Towns” , etc. He focuses on specific topics and it’s great to be able to experience the world through two gay guys point of views and their look on life and love. I like that it wasn’t the classic love story between a guy and a girl.
I liked it, but after reading it, I just realized that it wasn’t the book for me. Personally, I felt that the language and writing style were not enough for me. Books don’t have to have plots with tons of action in order for me to read them, but I think that the book lacked a plot. But again, this book is not about the plot, it’s about the characters and how they live their every-day life trying to cope with love, friendships and insecurity. A beautiful young adult book, but I missed something when I read it. Especially a proper ending. But I guess it’s up to the reader to imagine both of the Will Grayson’s future lives.
“When things break, it’s not the actual breaking that prevents them from getting back together again. It’s because a little piece gets lost – the two remaining ends couldn’t fit together even if they wanted to. The whole shape has changed.”