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. But...it was my first attempt at reviewing. That's all I'm going to say about that. Try not to laugh. Karma and all that.
WILL GRAYSON, WILL GRAYSON
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.
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!
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