Book Review: Will Grayson, Will Grayson


This review should have been posted sooner, since it has been almost a month since I finished the book. I will talk more about the crazy busyness that is my life in another post, but for now I’ll stick to the book review.

Will Grayson, will grayson is a novel that follows two boys who both go by the name Will Grayson. The first Will, whose name is always correctly capitalized, is described as trying to live his life without being noticed. This is complicated by the fact that his best friend, Tiny Cooper, described as “the world’s largest person who is really, really gay” and “the world’s gayest person who is really, really large”, is not the type to go around unnoticed. Tiny is also, throughout the novel, trying to create an autobiographical musical, which further draws attention to himself and everyone around him.

The other will grayson, whose name is never capitalized, goes through his life without anything good to hold onto besides an online friendship with someone who goes by the name Isaac. Intent on meeting up with Isaac, will grayson sets up an encounter one night in Chicago but eventually finds out that Isaac was invented by his friend Maura. What ensues brings both characters together and changes both of their lives forever in ways they could never have guessed or imagined.

While Will Grayson, will grayson is an interesting novel that is geared toward young adults. I did not feel that it was a strong enough novel to stand on its own. At times it felt as if the novel dragged on for longer than necessary and was sometimes a bit confusing to keep the Will Grayson and will grayson straight. I’m once again going to have to say that I am disappointed by yet another John Green novel and am going to have to put some of the other novels I am considering reading by him on hold because of this.

Mr. John Green, if you are reading this I’m sorry. Other readers you have been warned about the novel.


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