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

will graysonI’ve read all of John Green’s books, and I’ve read several David Levithan books, and I’ve enjoyed every one of them. So it would stand to reason that I’d love a book written by both of them. And I did!

So the premise really quick. Two boys, both named Will Grayson, meet unexpectedly one night on the streets of Chicago and both of their lives are changed, with everything culminating in a high school musical the likes of which have never been seen before.

These two authors have distinct writing styles but are good enough to be able to capture each other’s characters when there is a crossover. Green writes in a style that is easy to read and very accessible while still being insightful and though-provoking. Levithan is raw, emotionally charged and gives voice to his characters well. The two styles compliment each other very well in the book. They create two very different characters who, at first, seem to have nothing in common, but as you read you see they are both trying to overcome the same problem: they are afraid to let themselves care about someone, they are afraid to feel.

This book made me want to be a teenager again. And I’m not joking when I say that. Even though all the characters (including great supporting characters like Tiny Cooper) are going through this tumultuous, angst-filled time in their lives where hormones are going crazy and they are just trying to make sense of the world and themselves, all that seemed exciting compared to the marginally-figured-out-adult-life I’m living now.

Maybe it’s only in hindsight going back to teenage years seems inciting. The first time around you feel like everything is going to bring about the end of the world. After you grow up you realize it wasn’t, not even close. But I think what is appealing about those emotionally charged teenage years is it was so effortless to feel something about anything, whether it was rational or not.

I’ve gone off topic a bit here, so I’ll end by saying Will Grayson, Will Grayson was a funny, emotional, crass book to read and I look forward to reading more by these authors.

~Ren

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