Author: John Green and David Levithan
Published by: Puffin
Publication date: 10th May 2012
Genres: Young Adult
Source: Review copy from the publisher
I was so happy when I received this, you can't even imagine. Ever since reading Paper Towns by John Green a couple of years ago, I've been desperate to get my hands on some more of his books. All of the reviews I've seen for this book have been insanely positive, and I doubt this one will be any different.
This book is unlike any other. John Green writes in a really different way to other writers - I've noticed this when reading his other books before. His words keep you captivated until way after the last page, and he always seems to write about things which other writers avoid - life threatening illnesses and homosexuality being just a couple of the topics, yet he still manages to keep his books fun and interesting to read. I haven't read anything by David Levithan before, but I've just discovered I actually have one of his books on my bookshelf which I haven't read yet!
'Will Grayson, Will Grayson' is a story told from the point of view of two boys (one written by Green, the other written by Levithan) with alternating chapters. The boys both happen to have the same name, and eventually they cross paths in an unexpected way. I usually dislike books with the format of alternating chapters, but this book has encouraged me to read more books in the same style.
An interesting thing about this book is that one of the Will Graysons told his story all in lower case, and he occasionally missed out some punctuation. This made it easy to tell which Will Grayson we were reading about, and it also showed us his not-bothered attitude.
My favourite character in this book was Tiny Cooper. In some parts of the story it got quite depressing and moody, so Tiny added some refreshing humour and character to the plot. I like how he seemed to be completely comfortable with his homosexuality and he decided not to care what anyone else thought of him. Sometimes he seemed pretty vulnerable, and his character was a heartwarming addition to the story.
Overall this is a very enjoyable book with an original plot that most writers tend to avoid these days. A really refreshing read. I highly recommend it!