Thursday, March 17, 2011

Another Look at Will Grayson, Will Grayson

This week has been incredible. So much celebrating! Only problem is the work doesn't really stop for the celebration. Actually, it only builds up. So I haven't had a chance to do much reading.Which really stinks because I've gotten about six books in the mail in just the last few days. It's killing me, like walking past Krispy Kreme donuts without stopping. Who can actually do that??

So, I've decided to repost a review I posted ages ago for an event called SPREADING THE AWESOME hosted by Elana Johnson. Y'all remember that? OMG, I'm so not a y'all kind of person I have no idea where that came from except perhaps from near-death sleeplessness. It's a particularly amazing book, and definitely worth a second and third and probably thirteenth mention from me.

Anyway, please keep in mind this was my first review. I've edited it a little to make it less ridiculous. was my first attempt at reviewing. That's all I'm going to say about that. Try not to laugh. Karma and all that.

by John Green and David Levithan

About the book:  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 both them legions of faithful fans.

My Review

Okay, 1. One of the funniest books I’ve ever read, hands down, and 2. THE funniest YA book probably, like, EVER. Seriously, I laughed my way through this book, which is crazy because there were some very poignant, sad moments in this that—by the way?—totally took my breath way. The voices of both Will Graysons were so strong and alive and so dang genuine that by the end, I swear to you, I felt like I’d just spent hours talking to these guys.

And Tiny Cooper? Holy catfish, the guy was supposedly only a sidekick, but really, that’s just too weak of a description for him (uh, a little like his name). Tiny is the rubber band that pulled the two Wills together, but he’s also the glue for pretty much the whole book. He’s gigantic with an equally large heart and with such a positive energy that you can’t help but love him and every ounce of his idealism. But you know what I crazy-love about him? He isn’t just the token gay best friend on the sidelines like we so often see depicted (Yawn…give us something genuine, Hollywood)—Tiny is so much more than this. He’s, of course, massively fabulous, but he’s also naive and sometimes insecure with such a deep-seated yearning for love that it handicaps him at times, causing him so much unnecessary hurt. And he is soooo different from the Wills, who are both just as radically different from one another.

Will1, Tiny’s best friend, is straight, but that’s not really what differentiates him. What makes him so distinct from Tiny is his nearly crippling inability to make choices, particularly regarding love. He has this self-deprecating sense of humor that is often ironic, sometimes satirical, and always dry—and squirt-milk-through-your-nose funny. Will2 struggles with serious depression, which is only compounded by being a teenager. But he is so wicked funny in a dark, hyperbolic,  just-short-of-emo, satirical way that keeps the reader from sinking into that depression with him. The beauty of Will Grayson, Will Grayson is that it does deal with regular adolescent issues, but approaches them in a way that is accessible, especially to teenagers. And it’s freakishly entertaining with intellectual teens that still feel like teens (no Dawson’s Creek wannabes).

Will Grayson, Will Grayson is a must read. I give it **********.

That is by far the worst ending to a review I've ever written. Here's what I should've said: Will Grayson, Will Grayson will change the way you view young adult literature. It's funny; it's deep; it's moving; it'll appeal to girls and boys equally. And it will stick with you long after you close the book.

If you've already read WILL GRAYSON, WILL GRAYSON, you might not be surprised to know that it was nominated for a Children's Book Week Children's Choice Book Award for 2011. Now is your opportunity to GO VOTE for it!


Be sure to check out what the other Bookanistas are highlighting this week!!

Elana Johnson shares her love for Like Mandarin
Christine Fonseca purrs over Save the Cat
LiLa Roecker is sweet on Like Mandarin
Shelli Johannes-Wells explores Dark and Hollow Places
Bethany Wiggins is enchanted by My Fair Godmother
Shanna Silver praises Possum Summer
Carrie Harris falls for Head Games
Rosemary Clement Moore travels Across the Universe
Katie Anderson goes Retro
Corrine Jackson celebrates Where She Went
Stasia Ward Kehoe sings about The Mockingbirds


  1. I guess we'll let a repost slide by considering you signed with an agent and all... :)

  2. Im going to have to pick that one up, I like funny books!

  3. I still haven't read this, but I know I need to.

    And what are you worried for? First review or not, this one was just as great as all your others.

  4. I'm off to vote right now. Will Grayson, Will Grayson was my favourite book of 2010. I laughed, I got a little teary, I cheered and I winced. It had two examples of the best teen voice I've ever seen. (Also, I just read Boy Meets Boy by David Levithan. If you loved WG, WG, you'll love this.)

    Thanks for the review! We now return to our regularly scheduled Carol Has An Agent Happy Dancing.

  5. I worked extra last week and will this week too. I think my reward is a trip to the bookstore...

  6. I love this review! I haven't yet picked it up...but you're pushing me in that direction!

  7. This has been on my TBR pile for a long while. I forgot it's set in Chicago, too. Another plus.

  8. Gah. I keep meaning to read this. Thanks for the reminder--if it got six jillion stars from you, I know I'll like it. ;)

  9. I think you deserve a break/re-post. Now that your feet have returned to earth, get cracking on those books! I can't wait to read a review of one of the books you've read lately. :) !So many congratulations!

  10. This is sitting on my to be read pile! I can't believe I haven't read it yet! Thank you for re-posting this review. It's moving up the pile...

  11. So funny. I just got WG,WG on my kindle to reread it b/c I loved it so much the first time (but the book was borrowed and I had to give it back). Worth a reread AND a re-review. Thanks, Carol!

  12. I read WG, WG last summer and LOVED it! Absolutely one of my favorite books of last year. Since I hadn't read your review the first time around, I wouldn't have known it was a repost! :)

  13. Oh how I LOVED this book! Great review. So glad you mentioned it. I'd like to read it again :)

  14. Your reviews are awesome! Just fabu. Keep it up!

  15. I still haven't read this one. Thanks for the review to remind me. Did you ever read Paper Towns? John Green = brilliant. Of course, I wish he'd named the dog anything else. ;)

  16. May I make this one statement right now, in Bold?


  17. Great review. I haven't read this but it sounds great. Must add it to my tbr list. x

  18. Shannon sent me this book, and I still haven't read it! I know; I am lame.

  19. I looooooved WG, WG! That's one of the things we talked about when we first got close.

    And Elana, you're so lame for not having read it!!!!!

  20. You had me at 'funny'. I'm always looking for a book that will make me laugh. Thanks for the recommendation!

  21. I remember you and a few other bloggers posting about this book, so I went ahead and bought it. I've read Green and Levithan separately, so it'll be interesting to read this.

  22. you have an awesome review, have a nice day!


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