BOOK REVIEW/RECOMMENDATION/TRAILER (Staff, 7-9, 10-12)
Two brilliant authors, John Green and David Levithan, have written a book together – Will Grayson, Will Grayson.
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Two teenage boys, both named Will Grayson, unexpectedly meet one night and this meeting sets off an unexpected course of events for each of them. Both characters google their names to find out how they are replicated in the world.
Once the Will Graysons meet and their worlds come together, the book gets difficult to put down. The separate chapters for each Will Grayson become intertwined as the two characters and their friends interact. The book is never boring with the two first-person perspectives.
How good is this book?
Read what one 15 year old wrote to John Green:
I just read Will Grayson, Will Grayson. As with all your other books, I was literally unable to put it down. That’s not an exaggeration, as with your other novels, I read WG, WG in one night. As of my short fifteen years alive, you are the only author to hold my attention that well. Keep doing what you do!
Interesting to read what David Levithan says about the book:
Two boys with the same name – that’s how the idea for Will Grayson, Will Grayson began. I’ve always been fascinated with this kind of duality, since one of my best friends is named David Leventhal. I knew I didn’t want to write both characters myself, so I asked my friend John Green if he’d be interested in being the other character. Now, almost five years later, the book is coming out into the world. One Will Grayson (John’s) is scared of emotion and scarred by love. The other will grayson (mine) is angry, bitter, and, deep down inside, really wanting to be in love and in life. The two meet in, of all places, a porn store. And Will’s best friend, Tiny, entirely steals the show. I won’t say anything more than that, but I hope you really enjoy it.
The authors, John Green and David Levithan, read chapter 3 of the book: