For as much of a nerdfighter as I am, I had never actually read any of John Green’s books. I know, it’s a terrible thing. But the other day I was checking in books at the library and Will Grayson, Will Grayson by John Green and David Levithan came across the desk. Naturally, I took the opportunity to add it to my very high to read pile.
And…. I fell in love. On page 8 they bring in Neutral Milk Hotel. As most of you know, I’ve been completely enthralled with NMH since high school. So, getting to read a book where one of the main characters is a huge fan? Yeah, I’m on board for that!
Apart from that the book was great. John Green and David Levithan have alternating sections, each of them told in the voice of a Will Grayson. Both Will Grayson’s have their fair share of problems, and friends with problems. The book deals with issues of sexuality, friendship, online interactions, mental illness and weight. Despite all of those heavy topics, it’s still a fun and at times funny book. For as much as I loved John Green’s sections, I think it was Levithan’s writing that really shone in this book. Both Will Grayson’s are well-rounded characters, but I felt there was just something extra in Levithan’s Grayson. I also love that he chose to write it without any capital letters!
I won’t spoil anything, but I wasn’t as happy with the end as I was with the rest of the book. It felt a bit like it was trying too hard, and I didn’t feel satisfied when it was over.
Overall, a great YA book. Funny, yet touching, and perhaps most importantly, thoughtful.