Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Will Grayson, Will Grayson by John Green and David Levithan

Grade: A+


Synopsis:

It's not that far from Evanston to Naperville, but Chicago suburbanites Will Grayson and Will Grayson might as well live on different planets. When fate delivers them both to the same surprising crossroads, the WIll Graysons find their lives overlapping and hurtling in new and unexpected directions. With a push from friends new and old--including the massive, and massively fabulous, Tiny Cooper, offensive lineman and musical theater auteur extraordinaire--Will and Will begin building toward respective romantic turns-of-heart and the epic production of history's most awesome high school musical.

Rating:

Character Development: 9/10
Originality: 10/10!
Overall Enjoyment: 10/10
Ending: 9/10
Voice: 8/10
Plot: 8/10
Setting: 7/10
Total Score: 62/70

Obtained: Library


Age Appropriate? PG-13

Cursing: Frequently and without shame.
Drugs, Alcohol, etc: Some teen drinking (and false ID use) and drunkenness, as well as references to drugs.
Sexual Content: Much reference to sex, sodomy, porn, etc, etc.
Disturbing Images/Violence: Nothing really...

Review:

This book contains a surprising number of strange and wonderful things, but one thing that is consistently wonderful is the brilliant, if off-color, wit of this god-like writing team. John Green and David Levithan, two of the most intelligent and imaginative of today's YA fiction authors, paired up to create this massively original masterpiece of two normal-ish boys and their trials and errors as they navigate teenage life.

That is one thing that I feel Green and Levithan have captured perfectly in this book--teenagerdom. And though, yes, not every teenager is like this, they treat their characters respectfully, as kids with a full range of human emotion and a properly functioning brain (i.e. defying all stereotypes), something I think many YA authors, regardless of age, overlook. Green and Levithan create three-dimensional characters with three(or four, or five)-dimensional problems that have no easy solution. And though their lives may be odd and unconventional, they still seem to reflect the demographic they represent. Yes, emotional, rash, sometimes petty, sometimes selfish, sometimes cruel, but essentially good, essentially true, and always searching for their perfect place and peace of mind.

Will Grayson, Will Grayson is a book that is tight with pent-up emotion, full of tangled messes, and, at times, flamboyantly gay. But it is humorous in a way that will make you laugh out loud, touching in a way that will make you cry, and beautiful in a way that will make you think. A fantastic read.

LINKS:

John Green
David Levithan
Will Grayson FAQ
Interesting ShelfLife.com interview with both authors
Looking For Alaska by John Green review
Paper Towns by John Green review
An Abundance of Katherines by John Green

1 comment:

  1. Great review! Thanks for bringing this book to my attention. :)

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