Two award-winning and New York Times–bestselling author join forces for a collaborative novel of awesome proportions.
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.
Hilarious, poignant, and deeply insightful, John Green and David Levithan’s collaborative novel is brimming with a double helping of the heart and humor that have won them both legions of faithful fans.
A New York Times Book Review Editor’s Choice
An ALA Stonewall Honor Book
“Will Grayson, Will Grayson is a complete romp. [It is] so funny, rude and original that by the time flowers hit the stage, even the musical-averse will cheer.” —The New York Times Book Review
★“Will have readers simultaneously laughing, crying and singing at the top of their lungs.”—Kirkus Reviews, starred review
“It is such a good book. [Green and Levithan] are two of the best writers writing today.” —NPR’sThe Roundtable
In alternating chapters, the authors track two teens, both named Will Grayson, who accidentally meet halfway through the novel, perhaps changing the trajectory of both of their lives. One Will is vintage Green: a smart nerd whose rules to live by include don't care too much, with a scene-stealing sidekick Tiny Cooper, a large, flamboyantly gay classmate intent on staging an autobiographical musical. The other will (lowercase throughout) is angry and depressed; the one bright spot in his existence is an online friendship with Isaac. When will agrees to meet Isaac one night in Chicago, readers know nothing good will happen and they will be wrong. A well-orchestrated big reveal takes the story in a new direction, one that gives (lowercase) will greater dimension. The ending is laudable but highly implausible. The journey to it is full of comic bits, mostly provided by the irrepressible Tiny, who needs his own novel. Frank sexual language a shot at a bar tastes like Satan's fire cock pushes this one to high school, where its message of embracing love in all its forms ought to find a receptive audience. Ages 14 up.
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The absolute best book I have read in a VERY long time. Gay, straight, dog, cactus. You HAVE to read this book. It's honest and real and everything I could ask for from a book. Looking forward to reading more by these authors.
I love this book.
Just read it for yourself and find yourself laughing, crying and growing as a person all at once.
Great start, rough ending.
Though the straight Will Grayson’s part was always slightly boring to read compared to the other one’s, the story was entertaining and attention-grabbing enough until the two cross paths. From there, it’s a severe snowball downhill, growing exponentially worse by the page. The turning of a certain character into the center of attention does the book no favors, whatsoever.