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Teen Picks: “Will Grayson, Will Grayson” by John Green & David Levithan

Will Grayson, Will Grayson by John Green & David Levithan

What is it about? 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.

What did you think of it?

The hardest books to review are, without a doubt, your favorites. How can you possibly describe to others how they made you feel? Like there was a balloon in your stomach and it was slowly getting larger and you could feel it making its way into your throat and you’ve become all happy and giggly and you just might explode if you don’t tell the world how incredible this book is.

“Sometimes, you read a book and it fills you with this weird evangelical zeal, and you become convinced that the shattered world will never be put back together unless and until all living humans read the book.” ― John Green, The Fault in Our Stars

EXACTLY. This is me every single time I discover another book to be added to my favorite’s shelf on Goodreads. Actually, this is me whenever I read a John Green or David Levithan book in general. It was no surprise that I loved this novel, considering it’s written by two of my favorite authors ,but what did surprise me was that I even though I had sky-high expectations, I was never let down, not even once. I suppose this is what happens when two of the greatest, YA authors in history come together to write a book.

After I read books like this I become inspired and feel like writing a novel. Hopefully one of these days I actually will.

I did listen to this on audiobook and that was pretty sensational. I know I already did a post on audiobooks but for those of you who haven’t read it, I’ll repeat myself. I like audiobooks because they are so portable. I’m too cheap to buy a kindle and it’s not like I can pull out a huge book everywhere I go. With audiobooks you can simply put them on your iPod and the world will be at your fingertips. Okay, so the world might not actually be at your fingertips but a great book certainly will. Listening to a book can add depth and actually be quite relaxing if you’re feeling lazy.

The only things I don’t like are that it takes longer to finish and in Will Grayson, Will Grayson they never really introduced whose voice was narrating who’s Will Grayson. Was it John Green who wrote about the Will Grayson who was best friends with Tiny Cooper and made Jane fall for him with his quiet sarcasm? The one who I hoped was actually a real person and would ask me to marry him. Was it David Levithan who was audacious enough to write about the more cynical and hypocritical Will Grayson who wasn’t really sure about his sexuality and occasionally came across snarky and cruel? The one who I thought I disliked but ended up loving. It’s sort of a small thing to fuss over but I would have liked to know, to be able to compare the authors better.

Either way, both characters and each side-character was perfectly developed. The conversations had me laughing out loud on multiple occasions. Green and Levithan use what I call “smart people dialogue.” It’s very clever and sometimes the joke takes a minute to sink in but when you get it you can hardly breathe because you’re laughing so hard. I basically wanted to be these characters. Or at least know people like them. There are some authors that truly understand what it means to be a teenager and write about it so well that it never seems forced or fake. These are those authors.

My favorite part about this book was its relevance. The book dealt with issues that need to be discussed and written about in a way that teenagers and adults can understand. Things like friendship, sexuality, depression, love, and ultimately unity through these things. I’ve been really into this concept lately. The concept that one person has the power to break down walls with a sledgehammer and create unity throughout the world. People like Matt Harding and Eve Ensler. These are the individuals we should be inspired by, these are the ones that push boundaries and change things. Because if you can manage to get two people from opposite sides of the world to feel connected for even a second, you’ve managed to do an exceptional thing.

Star Rating: 5 Stars for rating the book It was awesome! Everyone should check this out!

I would suggest this for: REALLY AWESOME PEOPLE, or people looking to update their awesomeness by reading this book, John Green or David Levithan fans, LGBT book lovers, people who like questioning the status quo.

Review by: Lauren

Thanks for the review, Lauren!

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