Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.
Start by marking “Will Grayson, Will Grayson” as Want to Read:
Will Grayson, Will Grayson
Enlarge cover
Rate this book
Clear rating
Open Preview

Will Grayson, Will Grayson (Will Grayson, Will Grayson)

3.85  ·  Rating Details ·  240,732 Ratings  ·  15,358 Reviews
Will Grayson meets Will Grayson. One cold night, in a most unlikely corner of Chicago, two strangers are about to cross paths. From that moment on, their world will collide and lives intertwine.

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 sa
Hardcover, 310 pages
Published April 6th 2010 by Dutton Books
More Details... edit details

Friend Reviews

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

Reader Q&A

To ask other readers questions about Will Grayson, Will Grayson, please sign up.

Popular Answered Questions

Roz Gibson In my edition of the book Levithan says that he used the lower case in his chapters because will 'is a lowercase person. His whole self image is what…moreIn my edition of the book Levithan says that he used the lower case in his chapters because will 'is a lowercase person. His whole self image is what he projects in that space, and his one comfortable form of communication is when he's anonymous and sending instant messages.' (less)
Amy Hey Rose!
John wrote the formalised, proper version of Will Grayson and David wrote the lowercase Will Grayson.

Community Reviews

(showing 1-30)
filter  |  sort: default (?)  |  Rating Details
Dec 16, 2009 Mark rated it it was ok
Shelves: young-adult, romance
I was going back between 2 and 3 stars all night. Am I really going to give a book written partially by John Green, my secret man crush, 2 stars? But alas, I think it needed to happen. Will Grayson x2 missed the mark for me in many ways. Let's discuss together.

Will Grayson x2 (I'm not gonna write it twice every time, just work with me) is about two kids know... and although they have never met, their paths cross and ultimately have their lives changed. The book alternates each charac
Apr 06, 2013 Rainbow rated it it was amazing

Not sure why I hadn't read this until now. The friendship between Will G. and Tiny Cooper is one of the loveliest literary friendships of all time.

Plus, I am in love with Tiny and I don't even care that he'll never love me back.
Lola  Reviewer
*3.5 stars*


Two teenagers, both named Will Grayson, coincidentally meet at a much unexpected place.

And their life will never be the same again.


One is shy and doesn’t want to be in a relationship. The other has depression and seeks love…in Isaac. But, is finding love on the internet the right thing? Could it be that Isaac may not be who he claims to be?

It was an emotional but also full of life read. Containing the kind of atmosphere that can make you smile but also cry at the very same moment.

Nov 22, 2010 Lyndsey rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Grumblecakes and the people who love them
Recommended to Lyndsey by: Phil Rayson

I have no idea what other book I could compare with Will Grayson, Will Grayson. For some reason, I got a very strong sci-fi vibe from the synopsis of this book. The cover itself just screams alternate universes. But nothing like that was involved. It was just two guys in the same ol' regular universe who meet under unusual circumstances. No speculative elements involved. But I still loved it!! Imagine that.

Content warning for this book: Strong (yet hilarious) language including sexual references
Aug 20, 2010 Tatiana rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: those who like John Green and/or David Levithan
Shelves: ya, 2011
3.5 stars

I am glad David Levithan joined John Green to create this story, because clearly Green is unable to write any other characters different from what he had already offered in Looking for Alaska, Paper Towns and An Abundance of Katherines. His Will Grayson is the same old nerdy, too eloquent boy who is into a smart, attractive, and slightly pretentious girl. Green simply cannot move on to any other ensemble.

Levithan's Will Grayson, on the other hand, is a breath of fresh air with a whiff
Megs ♥
Oct 29, 2011 Megs ♥ rated it liked it
Shelves: e-books, z-2012-reads

This book is one that I'm having a hard time rating. It's nothing to do with the fact that the book is written by two authors and I would split up the writing or anything like that. I found that their writing blended well together, and although I found one Will more fun to read about than another I don't think it had to do with the writing really. I've read many other reviews where people liked the other Will more so that doesn't really matter. It's just that although this book has the usual hum
Mar 02, 2017 Elyse rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book is terrific ---one that adults could spend time together discussing.....(high or low rating, there are topics worthy of discussion in this book)
Sixteen year olds may enjoy this book - but I think the deeper insights might be more appreciated when older. There are already 15, 300 reviews ....
I read two: ( 2 years ago), by Larry Hoffer, and Glenn Sumi. Larry's review was contagious and Glenn's thought provoking.

With the recent floods in San Jose-an ongoing reminder for Paul and I - as
DNF at 24%

Alternate title for Will Grayson, Will Grayson: Disappointment, Disappointment.

John Green,


I thought we had a thing going. You write incredible heart-wrenching books, and I cry about them and recommend them to everyone in existence. So what the hell happened with this?


I said in my review of Eleanor & Park that never have I ever been so glad to check a book out from the library. You can just go ahead and scratch that now. I'm happier that I got this from the library.


In the first
Nov 30, 2011 Rae rated it did not like it
Shelves: not-to-read
artificially inflated by the greens' ubiquitous little girl empire. for christ's sake, hamlet only has a 3.9.

the feeling you get when you realize you've just wasted time and energy you could've spent reading one of infinitely many worthwhile books on something that has left you no richer for the wear is absolutely crushing. i read it over two days, first in the evening before picking it up again in the morning. when i fisnished, i threw it across the room and went back to sleep.
Mar 15, 2010 Arlene rated it really liked it
Wow! What did I just finish reading? I don't know whether to cringe, cry, walk away baffled, or sing from the top of the mountain in a musical-esque crescendo BRILLIANT! The writing was refreshing, edgy, raw, and offensive at times but never off the mark.

Okay, how do I explain this book without mucking it up? Here is my attempt: Truly a honest and thought-provoking portrayal of two very confused and angsty teenage boys, both named Will Grayson who are just trying to figure out who they are and
Emily May
May 25, 2011 Emily May rated it liked it
Shelves: young-adult, 2011

I really liked the idea of this book, having two authors create a character each and alternate their points of view throughout the novel. For me it was an entirely different kind of experience and the two authors have such unique styles that I would say it is definitely something everyone should read. It's a story about two teenage boys, both of which are called Will Grayson. They could hardly be more different, there lives have almost nothing in common... until one night when circumstances lea
Dec 26, 2012 julio rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: My mother.
Recommended to julio by: Lenore
Remarkable both for its polished wit and intense compassion, this is a story about three things: honesty, bravery—and Tiny Cooper.

Mostly Tiny Cooper, though. He's the comma between the dumbass Graysons, y'see.

Extravagantly emotional even in its hipster self-possession, this thing runs deep and wide, and I don't think you have to stagger up and out from the last line on the last page in the last minute of the last hour before dawn, sobbing in snot-nosed catharsis and joy and hope, to receive the
Aug 18, 2016 ˗ˏˋmaggieˎˊ˗ rated it did not like it
❝Some people have lives; some people have music.❞

DNF at 14%

1. I just chose that quote because it's the most popular one according to Goodreads
2. I don't feel ashamed leaving a John Green novel as a did not finish book.

I really can't remember how many times the word "gay" was mentioned in the first pages. Were there any other words John could've used? Yes, they're called synonyms and he's a writer and author of other novels, he would know. The only word used to describe Will could've been
Juliana Zapata
Aug 06, 2015 Juliana Zapata rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2013, 2015
La verdad es que me costó decidirme entre 3 y 4 estrellas para calificar este libro. El libro es indudablemente entretenido, tiene diálogos muy chistoso y otros un tanto profundos, pero sin embargo siento que esta historia funcionaría mucho mejor como película que como libro, ya que la culminación de la historia (que para mí fue una de las mejores escenas) es un musical, y creo que no se disfrutaría mucho más viéndolo y escuchando.

Algo que quiero resaltar en este libro es la temática gay, amo q
Jan 01, 2013 Ami rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Ami by: Weasel (Daniel)
Livre, je t'adore ....

Took me awhile to think about what I wanted to write -- but at the same time, everybody else on friends list have done a GREAT job with their own review. So I don't know if I can add more and I'm not sure that I CAN do a better job. All I can say is ...

+ Emotions. This book made me feel A LOT OF EMOTIONS. I was happy, I was entertained, I was pissed-off mad and was ready for MURDERING ONE FICTIONAL CHARACTER(!!!!), I was touched, I was sad (*sniff*), and in the end, I was
Dec 13, 2010 Limonessa rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ya-lit
I'm kind of ashamed to give this book such a poor rating because, clearly, everybody else liked it. I wouldn't even have given it 2 stars if not for the fact that it made laugh a couple of times.
I think this book is SO not for me.
First off, I'm not quite sure why it's called Will Grayson, Will Grayson because, clearly again, this book is not about either Wills. It's about Tiny Cooper, a humongous, self-centered, selfish, loud and super clichéd gay guy. This guy is so self-centered that the plo
Jan 31, 2012 Josu rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2015-abril
Me ha sorprendido muchísimo. He terminado la novela a la velocidad que canta un gallo, sumergiéndome en esta historia tan enternecedora escrita por John Green y David Levithan. He de admitir que aunque los personajes de la novela me han gustado mucho por lo general, no puedo decir lo mismo del Will Grayson de John Green. Es un Will Grayson al que no le vi nada, y que pecaba de ser similar a los personajes masculinos protagonistas del resto de novelas del autor. Pero por otro lado, tengo al grand ...more
Mar 11, 2016 Kyle rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition

Basically, 300+ pages of a cutzy gay musical.

First, as with so many books about teenagers, the teenagers really don't act much like teenagers. It seems most adult authors have forgotten what it was like to be a teenager. I never found myself relating or caring for any of the characters. There are some funny moments that brought a smile to my face. The ending I thought was a bit too contrived and unrealistic.

I'm not sure about other high schools but I know the one I recently graduated from wou

Jul 14, 2012 Jenn rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Debbie
Recommended to Jenn by: Everyone
So, this is one of those books where I won’t read the lower rated reviews, which I almost always do either before or after reading a book. The reason I won’t for this book is because it touched something so deeply personal that I think I might feel like I’m reading about someone that doesn’t understand me.

I’ll never review this book as well as it could be, but read the sample and if it doesn’t immediately draw you in, you might never ever relate to it. If you do enjoy it, it only gets better and
Apr 26, 2012 Garima rated it liked it
Shelves: my-2-cents
Well, firstly, the Title of this book should be “Will, Tiny, Will”, as clearly Mr. Tiny Cooper is having, just like his physical persona, a huge presence in the lives of both Wills. I started this book by accusing John Green of having written the character of Will Grayson *First* similar to that of Holden from Catcher in the Rye but accusation soon faded away as the story proceeded. The book is hilarious in capital letters on many occasions that earn it an extra rating point but on a whole you f ...more
Eren Nadir Akşamoğlu
Apr 28, 2015 Eren Nadir Akşamoğlu rated it it was amazing
Muh-te-şem-di \(^o^)/ Söylemek istediğim iki şey var. Bunlardan ilki will grayson will grayson'un lgbt temalı olduğu. Yani eğer homofobikseniz sizi rahatsız edecektir. Muhteşem bir kitaptan mahrum kalacaksınız ama ne yapalım •﹏• İkincisi ise bu kitap sadece John Green'in değil. John ne yazsa okurum zaten ama David sen neymişsin öyle *-* Sen hep yaz. Bizim yayınevleri o cesareti gösterebilirler mi? Ölüp gitmeden Everyday hariç diğer kitaplarının da yayın haklarının alındığı haberini duyabilir mıy ...more
Jan 31, 2012 Keertana rated it really liked it
what do i say about Will Grayson, Will Grayson that hasn't already been said before? on one hand, i am well aware that this novel has its fair share of flaws. i'll be the first to admit that john green writes very formulaic characters, from his dorky male single-child protagonist to the manic pixie dream girl he falls in love with. i'll also admit that the characters in Will Grayson, Will Grayson are often annoying, flawed, and highly irritating. its narrative style may grate on some readers, it ...more
This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here.
Glenn Sumi
Sep 04, 2015 Glenn Sumi rated it liked it
It’s been a really busy, stressful week, so I thought I’d relax with this book co-written by YA superstars John Green ( The Fault In Our Stars , Paper Towns , etc.) and David Levithan (Every Day, Nick & Norah’s Infinite Playlist). A bunch of friends IRL and on here have raved about it, and I liked the premise.

Two teenagers named Will Grayson live in different Chicago suburbs. They don’t know each other. One Will is straight, is being raised by two concerned, professional parents and doesn’
Jan 30, 2011 Alex rated it it was ok
This is a book that very distinctly was not written for me. Hip high school students try to figure out if they care for one another while a fat gay kid writes a musical about his life while also trying to date a boy who has the same name as his best friend.

By two authors writing alternate chapters, this is more than a generically bad book. Every second chapter is written entirely in lower case, and that character is so possessed by his self-loathing and misanthropy that there is nothing to recom
Nov 21, 2011 Laura rated it really liked it
Shelves: kickass-ya-dads
There have been so many drafts of this review. SO many! Every single one seems to involve me rambling on and on, so my apologies in advance. :)

John Green and David Levithan team up to write this colorful, energetic wonder of a tale chock full of love and music. A story of when one Will Grayson met another will grayson and how they impacted each other’s lives and the ones around them.

I might as well cop to it now—I am a Levithan girl. I adore the man. He has word skills, people! His words, charac
Nov 22, 2015 Vladimir rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: owned-read, 2015
Uopšte nisam očekivao da će ova knjiga kod mene izazvati toliku buru emocija... Totalno sam nepripremljen ušao u ovu priču.

Govori se ovde o vezama, o prihvaćanju sebe, o nalaženju svoga mesta pod suncem, o usponima, o padovima, o jednom mjuziklu... ali pre svega o drugarstvu. Onom najiskrenijem, koje počne još u osnovnoj/srednjoj školi i znaš da će trajati i trajati...

Od mene čista desetka!
Dec 08, 2012 Taylor rated it it was amazing
Shelves: made-me-lawl, glbt
At some point, maybe two years ago, I decided I no longer wanted to read YA. I thought I'm too old for this shit, it's boring, there's no sex, bleh, whatever. And even while some people ranted and raved about this one (ahem, Weasel) I still thought nope! Not for me.

Then, I find myself in Barnes and Noble picking up a couple new books. I go to check out at the register, and I see Will Grayson, Will Grayson sitting behind the counter, catching my eye with its pretty, shiny cover and looking sadly
Heather K (dentist in my spare time)

Audiobook nirvana!

I loved listening to "Will Grayson, Will Grayson". The narrators were perfection, managing to sound kind of age appropriate and also doing the inflections, the feels, to a "T". A fabulous listen, audio lovers. A must buy.

In terms of the story, I started off liking John Green's Will Grayson more. I haven't read any John Green before, so I found his MC to be really enjoyable. You know, the kind of nerdy, quiet, emo guy that I have a huge soft spot for. But I loved how John Gree
Aj the Ravenous Reader
Perhaps Tiny Cooper is the more appropriate title because this book is really about two boys who have the same name (Will Grayson) and their connection to Tiny Cooper. Having said this, I admit that I really enjoyed reading this book. It is hard to comprehend how a book can become a musical but this book made that possible.
« previous 1 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 next »
topics  posts  views  last activity   
The Challenge Fac...: Ezi & Krissy - Will Grayson, Will Grayson 19 7 Feb 15, 2017 03:07PM  
Mentor Texts: Mentor Texts 1 1 Dec 19, 2016 06:50PM  
BEP090T12016: I am also Will Grayson 2 6 Dec 05, 2016 08:31AM  
  • Love Is the Higher Law
  • Sprout
  • Pink
  • Seth Baumgartner's Love Manifesto
  • My Most Excellent Year
  • Someday This Pain Will Be Useful to You
  • Totally Joe (The Misfits, #2)
  • Better Nate Than Ever (Better Nate Than Ever #1)
  • Rainbow Road (Rainbow Trilogy, #3)
  • Dramarama
  • The Evolution of Ethan Poe
  • Shine
  • Notes from the Blender
  • The Vast Fields of Ordinary
  • Grasshopper Jungle
  • The Order of the Poison Oak (Russel Middlebrook, #2)
  • Scarlett Fever (Scarlett, #2)
  • Naomi and Ely's No Kiss List
Librarian Note: There is more than one author in the Goodreads database with this name.

John Green's first novel, Looking for Alaska, won the 2006 Michael L. Printz Award presented by the American Library Association. His second novel, An Abundance of Katherines, was a 2007 Michael L. Printz Award Honor Book and a finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize. His next novel, Paper Towns, is a New
More about John Green...

Other Books in the Series

Will Grayson, Will Grayson (2 books)
  • Hold Me Closer: The Tiny Cooper Story

Share This Book

“Some people have lives; some people have music.” 4843 likes
“Maybe there's something you're afraid to say, or someone you're afraid to love, or somewhere you're afraid to go. It's gonna hurt. It's gonna hurt because it matters.” 4172 likes
More quotes…