Well the first thing I'd like to say about Will Grayson Will Grayson is that it made me cry. Not in a oh-my-god-this-is-so-sad way but in a I'm-just-so-happy-I-don't-know-what-to-do way. So I think John Green and David Leviathan should get a bajillion points for that because I am not a person who cries easily…at all.
This book, is about two teenage boys who share the same name - Will Grayson! Now this is a rather important fact and I cannot believe it took me SO LONG to figure that out! A consequence of not reading the blurb I think - at least that's the excuse I'm going to go with :)
The boys do have some things in common (aside from their name):
FIRSTLY - They're both big on the emotional distance a) Will Grayson has rules to stop himself crying 1) Don't care too much 2) Shut Up
b) The Other Will Grayson refuses to engage with the people around him. He locks out his mother and repeatedly rejects Maura's friendship beyond the most basic levels of contact. 1) He also uses his hair as a shield to hide behind and Absolutely refuses to say anything that could insinuate that he was ok, that things were happy and positive and going well for him. He just says 'bye' to maintain emotional distance and tell every single person he leaves that he is not ok and everything is not fine.
SECONDLY, everything goes much, much better for each Will Grayson when they face up to their lives and stop trying to hide who they are and what they feel. This is not to say that everything is made up of sugar, adorable kittens and rainbows once they do, but their characters stop emanating endless waves of despair and start to look like they might actually be ok.
THIRDLY they have romantic interests. Incredibly complicated romantic interests but romantic interests all the same.
LASTLY the boys both have in common one incredibly awesome, big boned gay man - Tiny Cooper, who is neither perfect, nor as insanely happy and confident as he appears to be. His big heart however is, if anything, bigger than you first realised dear reader.
The other thing that you should probably know about this book is that it is about Love - in all its forms. Whether that's love between two men, between a man and a woman, between parents and their children, between friends or between strangers in a theatre bonding over a play. The way the authors construct the idea of love is just beautiful. I think that this book should be mandatory reading in high schools everywhere. Because in the space of a couple of hundred odd pages it manages to not only convey the message that its ok to be homosexual, and that people's reactions won't always be as scary as you think they'll be, but it also highlights the importance of being able to tell the people you care about what they mean to you.
This book had the opposite effect on me that The Fault in Our Stars did, though I came away just as deeply affected. Where TFIOS made me incredibly sad and left me with emotional scars for days,Will Grayson Will Grayson has brought me up and put me on an emotional high which I can only hope will last for days. More than that it has restored a little of my faith in people - which may be a little foolish considering this is a fictional book :)
All in all I simply cannot recommend Will Grayson, Will Grayson enough. It was hilarious, intelligent and beautiful and filled me with hope for the future.
I am constantly in awe of people who have the ability to write fiction – no matter how terrible. The fact that they were able to finish the mammoth taI am constantly in awe of people who have the ability to write fiction – no matter how terrible. The fact that they were able to finish the mammoth task of writing a novel, to see in their minds how their characters were going to interact, what they were going to do and say to each other. To imagine a world for their story to take place, in such detail. All immense accomplishments. David Estes work in ‘The Moon Dwellers’ is seamless, and beautiful. His writing will not only hook you on the story line, but it will allow you to immerse yourself in the fictional ‘Tri-Realm’ and the adventures of our main characters; Adele Rose and Tristin Nailin.
I absolutely adored the fact that as much as Tristin is all heroic and knightly, Adele is not made any smaller by his presence. By this I simply mean that she absolutely kicks ass. She’s a skilled fighter, more than capable of taking on persecutors, and doing whatever it takes to protect the people she cares about. She’s definitely NOT a damsel in distress.
The relationship between Roc and Tristin is also pretty wonderful to see. They complement each other and even when things go absolutely nuts they stand together and fight. – If anything ever happens to Roc and the Bromance I will probably cry.
One thing that surprised me in how well it was done was the insta-love aspect of the book. As much as A&T feel drawn to each other, despite the immense pain involved in being in the same vicinity as one another, this somehow isn’t all that over the top. The opening few chapters made me cringe a couple of times because the phrases were a little cheesy, at least Tristins were. But the more the pair interacts the more you can see that it’s not your typical insta-love situation. They don’t declare adoration for each other. They don’t kiss. Adele puts aside her own mixed feelings towards Tristin in order to protect her sister and new friends. They are drawn together, primarily, because each wants to know why they physically respond the way they do to the other. Their opinions and deeper feelings about each other come not only from this curiosity, but also from the way they see each other act, from the things they do. And that at least is realistic
One thing that did annoy me however was the crazyness that seemed to befall Tristin and Roc when they were trying to find Adele. I won’t say more as to what these events were, but some of them just felt really random and ill placed. A little bit like it may have just been filler until they eventually caught up to Adele and her gang.
Clearly though, for me at least, the positive far outweighed any minor annoyance seen and it is definitely worth reading if you’re a dystopian fan!
Ah. Bad boy romances *sigh*. Not the most original of plot lines but much like our protagonists reaction to said bad boy – they’re impossible to resisAh. Bad boy romances *sigh*. Not the most original of plot lines but much like our protagonists reaction to said bad boy – they’re impossible to resist.
On the surface ‘Hush Hush’ doesn’t necessarily have a heck of a lot to offer its readers
1. It’s a paranormal romance novel. Girl sees crazy hot guy who wears a lot of black. He’s automatically thrown into the ‘dark, doomed and sexy’ collection of would be beaus and she tries to deny her feelings. Over. And over again.
2. The characters are very simplistic – archetypes in a lot of ways. Nora is just a sweet innocent girl and is obviously completely unable to defend herself. Because that’s how women work didn’t you know? >_< Our villain is evil, because he is. He’s an angry, crazy person, who we only see acting as if he’s a moody, sullen, brat. The list goes on but you should probably just read the book to see what I’m talking about
3. The writing is not the greatest. If you want to read something magnificently written, go read something by John Green or Kimberly Freeman.
However. This book is worth reading. If you just want a light read, something to have a bit of fun with or to kill time, ‘Hush Hush’ is a good choice. The plot moves fairly quickly and Fitzpatrick, though not the most brilliant author I’ve ever read does have the ability to keep you relatively engrossed, waiting to find out which beau Nora will pick and testing your powers of prediction as you try and work out who our villain is exactly.
So in short. I liked it. It wasn’t fabulous, but it was quick, easy and a satisfying read overall.