Title: Will Grayson, Will Grayson
Authors: David Levithan & John Green
Publication Year: 2010
Genre: Fiction, Young Adult
Source: E-book version borrowed from the public library
From the cover:
One cold night, in a most unlikely corner of Chicago, Will Grayson crosses paths with . . . Will Grayson. Two teens with the same name, running in two very different circles, suddenly find their lives going in new and unexpected directions, and culminating in epic turns-of-heart and the most fabulous musical ever to grace the high school stage. Told in alternating voices from two YA superstars, this collaborative novel features a double helping of the heart and humor that have won them both legions of fans.
This was probably one of the most fun YA novels I’ve read this year. And it’s not really that much of a surprise, coming from David Levithan (author of Boy Meets Boy, Every Day, and Six Earlier Days), whom I love, and John Green, whom I’ve heard such good things about.
Told from two different POVs, Will Grayson, Will Grayson manages to tell the stories of more than just the two main characters. It goes into the feelings of them and their friends in great depth as they meet and get to know each other. It shows their struggles and their triumphs with their identities, relationships with each other, and the side project of a musical that brings everything together in the end.
I found myself laughing and tearful at different points in the book, something that signifies to me that the author – or, in this case, authors – has done a significantly higher than average job of telling a story. It takes a lot for me to connect with characters and their stories to quite that point, and I’m happy to say that Levithan and Green managed to pull it off with this book.