Title: Will Grayson, Will Grayson
Author: John Green and David Levithan
Summary: 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.
Final Rating: ♥♥♥♥♥
AimalReads Review (Spoiler-free!)
This is not going to be a hate-filled review. This is not going to be a review that expresses expectations leading to huge disappointments, nor is it a review criticizing John Green’s recycled characters or David Levithan’s excruciatingly real writing. This review is not going to be like the countless others out there that bitch about this book, because they thought it would be something else. To each their own, but MY review does not coincide with a lot of others.
I adored this book. I adored the writing of both authors, and I was pleasantly surprised by David Levithan in this novel. I loved the characters and their very different, yet very real, very relatable personalities. I loved the story and how it progressed. It made me laugh like no other, serious LOL moments that were received with skeptical looks from my father. Seriously emotional, heart wrenching moments that made me misty-eyed, and emotional, fuzzy moments that had me smiling from ear-to-ear.
So yes, I was hesitant going into this book. I wasn’t expecting much, but I loved it. And I’m so glad I picked it up and read it, because GOD, it was fantastic!
Pros: there are two stories in this novel. There are two protagonists, both with the same name yet with two very different lives, very different personalities. The stories intertwine in the strangest, yet funniest possible way. There’s a very clear conflict in both plots, a very clear climax in both plots. Each plot gives you something to worry about, something to laugh about, something to get sniffly about. It progresses wonderfully, with just the right amount of snazz and fun. With just the right amount of rambling and angst. I would absolutely love to see this turned into a movie!
Cons: I don’t have problems with the plot, except one. I KIND of wish we got more interaction between WG#1 and WG#2. They were kept apart most of the time, and really only meet twice. I understand from the blurb and the name that you see how these two teenagers’ lives change completely by meeting one another. In a way, yes, it’s true. But you don’t get the feel of that because they rarely interact.
Pros: I liked MOST of the characters in the book. This book has the classic John Green characters. Will Grayson #1 (John Green’s WG) is smart, funny, sarcastic, a little self-absorbed. His love interest is witty, slightly pretentious, but because this novel isn’t a love story per se, you don’t get to see this girl a lot, which to me was great. Sorry John Green, but I can’t stand his girlfriend-trope for an entire length of a novel. I couldn’t stand Alaska or Margo, even though I loved Paper Towns. Jane wasn’t bad. Tiny was ugh, so fantastic. His relationship with WG#1 was absolutely perfect- one of the best friendships out there, and it just made me so happy. I’d be best friends with Tiny in a heart beat. Yes, I’d pick Tiny! WG#2 was great! In the beginning, yeah, he was a little annoying but even though both WGs had a lot of character development, #2’s was a lot more apparent and a lot more important. Depressed, rude, mean and slightly selfish, WG transforms into someone who was clearly afraid, who clearly just needed someone to guide him through the darkness and that someone is his eventual love-interest and his mother. I really loved his relationship with his mother; I thought it was very very sweet.
Cons: Yeah, I guess it’s true. I was a teeny bit annoyed because Jane was a lot like Margo and Alaska. Pretentious, a little bit confused, but like I said, it didn’t bother me in this novel because she didn’t play much of a role and she wasn’t the central character. It didn’t matter if we liked her or not, so whatever.
John Green: I love John Green. I read TFioS and it was breath-taking and fantastic and funny and heart wrenching. Then I read Paper Towns, and I liked it. But I disliked the characters, even though I liked the plot. Then I read Looking for Alaska and I hated it. Despised it because the characters were exactly like those of Paper Towns, and it annoyed me. I hated the protagonists, but it was entertaining, so I went with it. Then I read An Abundance of Katherines, and I liked it- mainly because I hated LFA so much. But again, the characters were the same. And yes, his side of the story contains many such characters. But gosh, how do you dislike John Green when his plots are so solid? When he makes you laugh so much? When he makes you think about everything that’s going on in the books? How can you EVER dislike this man who writes with such passion, such wit, such quirkiness? You can’t do it. So no, John Green, you did not disappoint me in this novel. I loved it, and I will continue to read every single book you put out there because that is the power your WRITING has over me.
David Levithan: See, this is what’s weird. I’ve read ONE David Levithan book before and it was “A Lover’s Dictionary” and I did not like it at all. The premise was interesting, but I didn’t like how it was carried out. I felt like there was no point to the book. So I expected to like John Green’s side of the book more than David Levithan’s, but BOY I WAS WRONG! Most of my laughter happened because of Levithan. He is so funny! He writes with such cruel real-ness. And I love that. Most of my favorite books are those that deal with hard situations and human nature! His characters and the situations he puts them in are so raw, so heartbreaking but his characters deal with them with such grace, with such clear-headedness. This book made me want to go out and buy every single thing he has out (err, maybe not The Lover’s Dictionary)!
Would I recommend? ABSO-FREAKING-LUTELY! GO OUT AND READ THIS IF YOU HAVEN’T ALREADY. IGNORE THE NEGATIVITY. ABSORD MY POSITIVITY!
Would I re-read? Of course!
If a famous movie director/producer is reading this (I doubt it but a girl can hope) MAKE THIS A MOVIE PLEASE. It would do SO well as a movie, I kid you not.