One cold night, in a most unlikely corner of Chicago, teenager Will Grayson crosses paths with…”Will Grayson”! Two teens with the same name who run in two very different circles suddenly find their lives going in new and unexpected directions. Culminating in epic turns-of-heart on both of their parts, they team up to produce the most fabulous musical ever to grace the high-school stage.
Will Grayson tried to follow his own rules to not care too much and to shut up. His best friend Tiny has other idea’s though and introduces him to Jane who starts to cause Will to rethink his rules. He goes with them both to Chicago to see a band but when he can’t let in he ends up in a porn shop just to use his fake ID.
Will Grayson, the other Will Grayson, is depressed and his best friend isn’t really his friend at all. However he is secretly messaging a boy online and when the two decide to finally meet Will also finds himself in the porn shop in Chicago.
When Will Grayson meets Will Grayson they both begin to change but Tiny has a musical to organise and all their relationships are about to get strained.
This book alternates between each Will Grayson with the odd numbers being one Will written by John Green and the even numbered chapters David Levithan’s Will. At first I wasn’t as keen on David’s style of writing but once I got into the book I enjoyed them both just as much. The two Will’s stories could had their own merit but they also linked together very will. I almost feel like the book is actually about Tiny though as it was him that really helped them both.
I haven’t read anything by David Levithan before and the way he uses punctuation in this book was weird for me when I began reading. However I liked a lot of the things that his Will thought about life and mental health. Particularly the point where Tiny comes to see him for a ‘mental health day’ and Will gets frustrated that he can just take a day off from his problems, like a holiday, whilst having a really mental health issue he knows he is stuck with his thoughts every day.
John Green’s Will was easier to get get into however this also might be due to the fact I have been reading his other books recently. There were thoughts of this Will that I enjoyed also but it was his side of the story that really moved the plot along. I also really like reading about love from a male point of view. I just think, as is important to the book, that there is something more truthful and innocent about how men love and it makes me happy when I’m reading it. I also liked that his relationship with Jane was built up around the Schrodinger’s Cat experiment it makes me wonder if this was written before or after Sheldon uses it in The Big Bang Theory on Leonard and Penny.
I thought this was a really good book, it took me a little time to get into it but it was worth it.