Saturday, May 28, 2011

Will Grayson, Will Grayson

Will Grayson, Will Grayson by John Green and David Levithan (NY: Dutton, 2010).

One Will Grayson lives in Evanston, Illinois, has doctor parents, and an exuberant best friend named Tiny (who is anything but). Tiny is always in love, and he's gay. Will is not gay, and he has two main rules for his life: keep quiet and don't care too much. When he doesn't obey these rules, things tend to go wrong for him. Tiny wants to push Will outside of his comfort zone, but Will resists.

The other Will Grayson lives in Naperville, which might as well be another state. His parents are divorced, he has to work at a crappy job, he's taking anti-depressants, and he really doesn't care for his one friend Maura. He'd much rather talk online to Isaac, with whom he believes he's in love, though he really doesn't want to admit to anyone that he's gay.

Told in alternating perspectives by the two Wills, this novel deals with all the issues teens obsess over--friends, love, sex, parents, school, the future, etc. The characters are compelling and the plot moves along well. I enjoyed the way the lives of the two Wills come to intersect and how well drawn the emotions are. This is a fabulously readable novel. Don't miss it! Highly recommended for ages 14 & up. Language, sexual situations, alcohol.

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