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will grayson, meet will grayson

One cold night, in a most unlikely corner of Chicago, two strangers cross paths. Two teens with the same name, running in two very different circles, suddenly find their lives going in new and unexpected directions, culminating in heroic turns-of-heart and the most epic musical ever to grace the high school stage.
Paperback, 310 pages
Published April 5th 2011 by Speak (first published April 6th 2009)
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Mark
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 named...you know... and although they have never met, their paths cross and ultimately have their lives changed. The book alternates each charac...more
Lyndsey
Apr 14, 2011 Lyndsey rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
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...more
Caris
More often than not, I have a tepid relationship with the books I read. I’m not really into them, and they’re not really into me. But we let the relationship play out just to see where it goes. This often ends with me bitching about them on the Internet.

Ending the relationship with a bad book is a very exciting experience, because it fills you with such hope.

The next one will be toes-curling better, I say to myself. Then I search through the crowd that is my bookshelf and try to lock eyes with...more
Tatiana
Dec 04, 2013 Tatiana rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: those who like John Green and/or David Levithan
Shelves: ala-ya-2011, 2011, ya
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...more
Meg ♥

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...more
Rainbow
ROLLICKING.

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.
Arlene
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...more
julio
Mar 17, 2014 julio rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
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...more
Ami
Jan 03, 2013 Ami rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  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 f...more
Garima
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
Rae Griffen
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.
Emily May


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...more
Jenn
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...more
Laura
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...more
Lucy
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Lisa O.
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...more
Keertana
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
Taylor
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...more
CC
This was just okay for me. It had its strengths -- bold subject matter being one, the energized Chicago setting, another. And while I liked Tiny and especially Gideon, I was sad to find I really didn't like anyone else. Ultimately, the premise (two Will Graysons) was misleading because they didn't have an impact on each other.

The crux of the story was really about (non-capitalized) Will Grayson and how larger-than-life Tiny inspires him. This left (capitalized) Will Grayson's arc of deciding to...more
Morgan F
I love John Green. He is my author crush. He could write a book about the mating habits of fruit flies and I would read it with rapt attention. Besides, how can you not love the man who made this? It's impossible.

David Levithan is new territory to me. I've always heard he was awesomesauce, and I figured this is the perfect book to test him out.

This book is about two Will Graysons, narrated by John and David (in my brain, we are best buds, which means we are in a first-name basis), in alternati...more
Alex
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...more
Kristi
This book has been sitting on my shelf forever.... almost year actually, since I had gotten an arc several months before the release. I'm not sure why it sat there for so long. I think it was just one of those times when there are just too many good books to read. But after I read Love is the Higher Law.... I needed another David fix, and since I hadn't read a novel by John Green... (i know... feel free to start throwing the stones at anytime, it's pretty bad since he's from Indy too...) anyway,...more
Lenore
I dropped one star from the rating because in the last 15% or so the book went all Glee on me.
and i liked all lowercase will better.
Cynn
«Quizás esta noche estés asustado de caer, y quizás haya alguien aquí o en algún otro lugar, sobre el que estés pensando, preocupándote, preocupándote en exceso, tratando de descifrar si tú quieres caer, o cuándo o cómo y dónde vas a aterrizar, y tengo que decirles mis amigos, que tienen que dejar de pensar en el aterrizaje. Porque todo lo importante es sobre la caída.»


En Will Grayson, Will Grayson se nos presentan dos historias diferentes: la de Will Grayson(escrita por John Green) y la del ot...more
Jo
Initial Final Page Thoughts.
Awww, YES.

High point.
Oh there are so many. So I’m just going to try and list them quickly; indie boy nerds, ridiculously gay men, self-deprecating laugh out loud humour, porn shops, internet crushes, heterosexual crushes, homosexual crushes, awesome families, cool girls, realistic butterflies, locker combinations, A GAY MUSICAL. And there are so much more but you just need to read it.

Low point.
I wasn’t a huge fan of the immediate ending… it was a bit too cheesy for...more
DayDreamer
Sorry for not participating in the discussion but I was out of town and without a laptop. My phone didn't post anything I typed - from status updates to comments and from one point I stopped trying.

I didn't start early. Much. It was close to six in the morning on Jan. 1st. And then I fell asleep.

I love both WG and wg. I find something of myself in both of them.

But I'm not feeling the Tiny love. Nah. He's too full of himself, too over the top. They might all be, but it's in him that it irritated...more
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...more
Nina
This is a hard book to review, for many reasons, so I don't think I'm going to properly review it.
The first of these is: people have said pretty much everything that could be said about it. (I'm talking about the good things, because the bad are utter lies and the people who mentioned them don't know what they're talking about. Joking. Maybe.)
The second one is: there are only so many combinations of the words "amazing", "fantastic", "emotional" and "hilarious", and I think I've used them all up,...more
Stephanie
Will Grayson, Will Grayson. A book so nice they named it twice. Sorry, I had to do it.

There are two Will Graysons, who live in the Chicago area. One straight, one gay. Their paths cross under odd circumstances and their lives intertwine. WG#1 (straight one) has a best friend named Tiny Cooper, who is also gay. Tiny is named as such because he is 300+ pounds, and fabulous.

This book had some great, laugh out loud, moments. I liked the style. All the characters were well done....I liked them all. W...more
Isamlq
Will Grayson, will grayson. Their name is about the only thing they have in common… well, that and figuring out how to be themselves. To risk sounding repetitive: WG wg’s main draws are its humor (Oh, the humor!) and disarming honesty... it’s the world as told by 16 year olds.

Will Grayson doesn’t like to rock the boat much (“Don't care too much and shut up.”) but because Tiny Cooper is his best and only friend WG finds himself flouting these rules repeatedly. Tiny also just happens to be the wo...more
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