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Hold Me Closer: The Tiny Cooper Story (Will Grayson, Will Grayson)

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It’s Tiny Cooper’s turn in the spotlight in this companion novel to New York Times bestseller Will Grayson, Will Grayson.

Jazz hands at the ready! Tiny Cooper (“the world’s largest person who is also really, really gay”) stole readers’ hearts when he was introduced to the world in the New York Timesbestselling bookWill Grayson, Will Grayson, co-authored by John Green and
Hardcover, 208 pages
Published March 17th 2015 by Dutton Juvenile
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Taryn Martin I think it would be better to read "Will Grayson, Will Grayson" first because then you be able to get know Tiny and what the musical is about.
Janice It is not a novel like Will Grayson, Will Grayson. It reads like a Musical Theatre script. Some of the characters from Will Grayson, Will Grayson have…moreIt is not a novel like Will Grayson, Will Grayson. It reads like a Musical Theatre script. Some of the characters from Will Grayson, Will Grayson have cameos in the book, but it is Tiny's story, told from his own perspective. It is fun, quick read. If you like Will Grayson, Will Grayson, you will likely enjoy this as well.(less)
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Kelly (and the Book Boar)
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Come on! Don’t tell me you didn’t see this title and get that tune stuck in your head too.

First things first: If you have not yet read Will Grayson, Will Grayson this book will make zeros of sense to you. Do yourself a favor and check out the magic that is a Green/Levithan combo.

If you have read Will Grayson, Will Grayson you should already be in love with Tiny Cooper . . .

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This is his story
Apr 15, 2015 Josu rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2015-abril
Es tan original por parte de Levithan el presentar la historia así... Es muy arriesgado; pero la jugada le sale bien. La historia de Tiny Cooper es una historia que medio conocemos en Will Grayson, Will Grayson y que necesitamos saber. (Al menos, yo ardía en deseos de conocer más a Tiny Cooper.) En sí, toda esta novela musical tiene un tomo de humor asombroso, al igual que unas reflexiones preciosas y un personaje principal que no para de hacer referencias. Hold Me Closer: The Tiny Cooper Story ...more
Jan 06, 2015 Dharma marked it as to-read
We know him. We love him. Tiny Cooper is back.

Remember Will Grayson, Will Grayson? Yeah. That Tiny Cooper.

In Hold Me Closer, readers get to experience the musical of Cooper's life that he put on at his high school in Will Grayson, Will Grayson.

At first I thought that Hold Me Closer was going to be a bit of a farce -- not very serious and full of nothing but fluff. But I never should have doubted David Levithan. And the fact of the matter is, this is now my favorite Levithan novel to-date. It is
Chiara (delicate eternity)
A copy of this novel was provided by Text Publishing for review.

I’m just going to be upfront about this: I was disappointed in Hold Me Closer. And this makes me really sad. I mean it’s TINY COOPER in musical form. But I just wasn’t feeling it. And I’m pretty sure it was because of this: there was no emotional connection for me.

Don’ get me wrong, I feel an emotional connection to Tiny, but only through Will Grayson, Will Grayson . If I hadn’t read WG, WG before Hold Me Closer I would not have fe
Larry Hoffer
Mar 30, 2015 Larry Hoffer rated it really liked it
I'd rate this 4.5 stars.

Will Grayson, Will Grayson , by John Green and David Levithan, was one of the best books I read in 2010, and years later, it remains one of my favorites.

That book, populated by two very different high school students, both named Will Grayson. One Will Grayson's best friend, "Tiny" Cooper, who isn't shy about his size or his sexuality, and tries to push Will to declare his feelings for his best friend, Jane, all while Tiny is getting ready to produce his autobiographical
Apr 26, 2015 Mike rated it really liked it
Ay, David. La verdad es que impresiona tu capacidad de hacer magia con las palabras.
Oct 05, 2015 Meli rated it really liked it
Reseña completa de esta preciosidad :3

Son 4, 5

Hasta ahora no he leído nada de Levithan que baje de venerable.
Lo amo.
Kelly (Diva Booknerd)
Apr 14, 2015 Kelly (Diva Booknerd) rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Utterly fabulous, this gorgeous storyline is told in the form of a Broadway musical script, with none other than Tiny Cooper as the star. His larger than life sense of fun jumps off the page and leaves the reader feeling joyful and entertained. I loved the format, something I haven't seen in young adult before.

The thing about a spotlight is that you have to step into it. You have to get onto that stage. I haven't been ready for a lot of things, but from e
Gabrielle (
This is truly everything you could have ever hoped for. A wonderfully extravagant and emotional musical experience.

With Tiny's emphatic lyrics and thoughtful asides, David Levithan makes Tiny Cooper even bigger and brighter than life.

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Jan 04, 2015 Billie rated it really liked it
Fuck, yeah, Tiny Cooper! Everyone's favorite character from 'Will Grayson, Will Grayson' finally gets his solo in the spotlight and it is magnificent. I want Hold Me Closer, the musical, to become a staple in the high school musical theatre repertoire, because as much as I loved reading it, I am absolutely gasping to see it performed live. Make this happen now, high school theatre directors!
Aug 03, 2015 Joost rated it really liked it
Een leuk script over het toneelstuk van Tiny Cooper uit Will Grayson, Will Grayson, maar ik ben er niet dol op geworden. Lees hier mijn recensie:
Aug 09, 2016 Elifnaz rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Nasıl anlatacağımı bilemediğim çok farklı bir şeydi. Kafamda bir yerlere oturtmak için Will Grayson, Will Grayson'ı okumalıyım, hadi bakalım.
Suraya (thesuraya)
this feels like reading the literature textbook back in high school. (thats the only coherent thing u can get outta me now lol) i read this in an hour anyway, fyi.
Henri Neto
Jan 01, 2016 Henri Neto rated it really liked it
Vamos começar este breve comentário deixando claro, eu NÃO gosto de musical. Não tenho paciência nenhuma para este gênero, e posso contar nos dedos da mão direita quais são os únicos que se salvam. Não entendo a cantoria, sempre fico enfadado quando uma cena é interrompida para dar a vez a um número musical, e se a história INTEIRA for cantada... Não vou aguentar nem os primeiros quinze minutos (cofcof Caminhos da Floresta cofcof). Para mim, história é história, show é show. Um pensamento ...more
Jul 14, 2015 Aylee rated it really liked it
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In short: Hold Me Closer: The Tiny Cooper Story by David Levithan is a brilliant musical script that would be highly entertaining as a musical theatre performance.

If you've read Will Grayson, Will Grayson by John Green and David Levithan then odds are, you fell in love with Tiny Cooper. The not-so-tiny Tiny Cooper is the link between the two Will Graysons of the novel and acts as a bit of a life coach for the two Wills as they struggle to find their t
Josefine May
Sep 15, 2016 Josefine May rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Even though I haven't read "Will Grayson Will Grayson" I still understood the story. Of course there were moments where the author hinted at something from that book, but it wasn't like I couldn't follow the story. I really liked the characters - especially Tiny - the way it was written (which was very unique, I've never read anything like it) and of course the story. It's a very quick read and even though there isn't much text on the pages, you still end up getting a full story and an amazing ...more
Rikke Simonsen
Jeg elskede "Will Grayson, Will Grayson", og da jeg hørte at der kom en companion-novel til den bog, så var jeg jo solgt. Denne bog er Tiny Coopers historie, der er fortalt som en musical, som vi egentlig får en lille forsmag på i slutningen af den første bog. Selvom Tiny Cooper ikke ligefrem var min yndlingskarakter, så var jeg alligevel for nysgerrig til ikke at læse bogen. Derudover var jeg forundret over at David Levithan skulle skrive denne bog, da Tiny Cooper, så vidt jeg ved, er John ...more
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Apr 27, 2015 KZM books rated it really liked it

“It’s always easy to blame other people for holding you back. But sometimes, the only person holding you back is . . . well . . . you.”

Za početak – obratite pažnju na naslovnicu. Prelepa je. Uživo je još lepša – zlatna je, sjaji i odaje utisak da u ruci držite pravi scenario.

“The idea that two is the ideal, and that one is only good as half of two. You are not a half, and you should never treat someone else like a half.”

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Tiny, the huge, gay, football player from WILL GRAYSON, WILL GRAYSON, is back. He has rewritten his life as a musical comedy. And it's a hit.

Tiny's voice is here...clever, knowing...creative. The musical comedy allusions had me in stitches.

Hold me closer tells Tiny's story, from his birth and his parents' complete acceptance and devotion, to his struggle for friends, and his search for the one.

The whole story is told through musical numbers...with choreography by Tiny. Words by Tiny, music by
Jun 28, 2015 Sybilla rated it really liked it
I almost have no words that can adequately describe the amazingness of this book. Funny. Rude. Hilarious. Entertaining. Everything you want in a quick read. The perfect book for getting out of a reading slump. The only reason it doesn't have 5 stars is because it took me a while to read surprisingly.
Jul 03, 2015 Olga rated it really liked it
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I loved this book. It was original, funny, and it made me laugh and smile a lot. I love Tiny Cooper so much and I will always love all of the characters in these amazing books. :) <3
Monica Edinger
Dec 27, 2014 Monica Edinger rated it it was amazing
I want to SEE and HEAR this now! Fabulous.
Dec 04, 2016 Caroline rated it liked it
Shelves: 2015
I absolutely loved Tiny Cooper when I read Will Grayson, Will Grayson, so I was so excited for this novelization of Tiny's musical to come out.
I wasn't disappointed. I read this book in about 2 hours – because it is a play, the reading goes very quickly – but I was laughing *out loud* pretty much the entire time. Tiny is larger than life and hilarious, and this play shows the events from Will Grayson, Will Grayson from his POV, which was intersting. It is also a musical, and a super fun one at
Mar 11, 2015 Edie rated it it was amazing
A script for a musical, a narrative of "coming out" and growing comfortable with who you are,this is a book I couldn't put out down as I experienced Tony's growing up, being gay, singing and dancing through heartbreak and joy. The stage directions and references to movies,plays, etc. add to the full experience of this book so you are agreeing with the dramatist/producer/director as you are agreeing with Tiny who won't settle for second best in love or anything else. I loved all the characters, ...more
May 23, 2016 Jax rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: young-adult, 3-star
I might enjoy this musical live in person, but as a reading experience it wasn’t totally satisfying. I loved Tiny in Will Grayson, Will Grayson and I was so looking forward to more of him, but I didn’t feel the same kind of emotional connection from this and we really don’t learn much new. I enjoyed some of the clever lyrics and Tiny’s stage directions, but I would’ve rather read a real novel.

BookChic Club
Apr 28, 2015 BookChic Club rated it it was amazing
Simply amazing, as are all of David's books. A quick read, but extremely insightful, funny and all-around awesome. I also believe that, aside from his loudness and flamboyancy, Tiny and I are pretty much the same person, lol- there were so many times throughout the book when I was nodding my head in agreement and feeling the same way he feels with some of the boys he's dating. Anyway, such a good book and now I feel like I must re-read Will Grayson, Will Grayson again to get more of Tiny and to ...more
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Cover Story: Fabulous
BFF Charm: Extra Sparkly Platinum
Swoonworthy Scale: 3
Talky Talk: The Script
Bonus Factors: LGBTQ, Musical
Relationship Status: Season Ticket Holder

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'look forward to the moment when you must rearrange your heart, it might feel like the end of the world but it's the beginning of your art'

oh I'm so glad this book exists! Tiny Cooper is one of the most unique people I've ever come across in a book. this, novella I guess, was so much fun to read!
Aug 30, 2015 Wilona rated it really liked it
This musical script was perfect. So brilliant.
I was laughing throughout the whole thing and oh my god, can we talk about the cover of the book though? Seriously. How fucking fabulous - just like Tiny himself. I would recommend this to all of you who have read Will Grayson, Will Grayson. I mean it is the companion book.
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David Levithan (born 1972) is an American children's book editor and award-winning author. He published his first YA book, Boy Meets Boy, in 2003. Levithan is also the founding editor of PUSH, a Young Adult imprint of Scholastic Press.

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“Don't get trapped into thinking people are halves instead of wholes.” 24 likes
“The idea that two is the ideal, and that one is only good as half of two. You are not a half, and you should never treat someone else like a half.” 22 likes
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