Friday, April 9, 2010

Will Grayson, Will Grayson

Provided by Traveling ARC Tours

Meet Will Grayson.  He's a quiet, introverted guy who has two rules: 1. Don't care too much and 2. Shut up.
Meet Will Grayson.  He's a quiet, introverted guy with chronic depression and a secret.
Soon these two Wills will meet in a very odd place and, as their lives begin to intersect, things will change for both of them.
"i want to tell him i should be out killing some people now, not taking a stroll with him.  but he takes a little of the murder off my mind.  it's not like it won't be there later. p.145 ARC
And the following makes me actually love John Green a little
"You're amazing, and I so want to be your boyfriend, because of what you just said, and also because that shirt makes me want to take you home now and do unspeakable things while we watch live-action Sailor Moon videos." p.257 ARC
I could actually quote the whole book, I think it is that good.  I was enthralled and saddened and overjoyed by this book.  I actually laughed out loud many many times.  The phrasing, the situations, Tiny, all very very good to me.  Tiny, you might be asking, who is that?  Well, Tiny is a 6'6" 300 pound gay football player/musical writer, and it is the main catalyst behind the changes to both Will Graysons.  Tiny was so great, both very real and a caricature of himself at the same time.  I've meet guys like Tiny before.  Not as over the top, but still very big personality, very generous heart, very selfish at times.

The Wills were both a little annoying, especially Levithan's Will (2) who was very moody.  But he was dealing with chronic depression so that was an interesting part of his character.  He was also so real.  They both were.  I found myself hoping that when my son is a teenager, we have a better relationship than the Wills do with their moms.  But it was very realistic.

I was little meh on Will's (1) relationship with Jane and didn't care much for Will's (2) problems with Maura.  They both felt in addition to, not reason why.  But I loved Tiny's role.  And it was nice to see them looked beyond themselves because of him.

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  1. Superb review, Andrea! Made me really curious about the two Wills. I'm adding this one to my wishlist. I've actually never read anything by John Green but I would love to. Have heard good things about his books.

  2. I have this one coming to me right now, very excited about it! Only sad this is that the author-duo are going to be in Austin tonight on their tour. I have a friend going, but I can't get to Austin in time. :(

  3. Just finished this last night, and I was blown away. I do agree with you though that some of the interactions between the secondary characters were...meh. Still! I really want to read more of Levithan's books now...

  4. Ladybug - Thanks. This is the second John Green I've read and I liked it better than the other one.

    Amanda - Ugh, that sucks. I hope you like the book though.

    Runa - I like Levithan. He is a great writer.

  5. This review was very intriguing! I want to know more!

  6. I've read several good reviews of this book. Yours got me even more interested! I've never read a book written by two people (no I have read Beautiful Creatures yet!). I'll be picking this one up at some time I'm sure.

  7. Jenners - It is a very good book.

    Jill - I hope you like it.

  8. I wasn't going to read this book because I thought it was all hype (I've fallen out of book love with John Green), but your review changed my mind. I'll probably check it out from the library (rather than investing the money, since I'm still wary), but I thank you for posting. You've "converted" me. :)

  9. Great review!

    I read this book last week and actually just reviewed it myself!

    But I loved hearing your take on it; and I'm glad to see that the person above me is now going to go check out this phenomenal book!


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