While being my least favourite in the series, by far, this book is by no means bad.
Though having read somewhere at some point that this is the book J...moreWhile being my least favourite in the series, by far, this book is by no means bad.
Though having read somewhere at some point that this is the book J.K. Rowling is least pleased with in the series I already feel well justified in my opinion.
I have some of the same issues here as I do with PS in that I struggle slightly as the characters are just so young, and as I get old(er) I feel less able to properly relate to the characters.
That said, it has always been my least favourite and if I’m honest, I’m not even sure why.
And I think that’s okay. I think it’s perfectly normal to just not connect with certain books in the way they connect with others. It’s well written, the story is fine there’s nothing about it that I shouldn’t like. I’d never suggest to someone they shouldn’t read it and the series wouldn’t be the same if this book isn’t exactly as it is now. So for that reason I love it. Just like I love all the books.
I’m not a big Gilderoy fan – though I’m sure I’m not meant to be – and as brilliant as Hermione is I struggle to find the believability of a twelve year old brewing, in broad daylight, one of the most difficult potions possible and there being no disastrous consequences. (Yes I remember cat face and I know it’s ridiculous to complain of believability in a children fantasy novel but there it is.)
Maybe the book just underwhelmed me after the sheer brilliance that is Philosophers Stone. I’m not sure.
Like I said, I still love it. It’s just not my favourite.
I’m going to skip right to the end and tell you that the thing I liked least about Will Grayson, Will Grayson was the ending.
It’s not a bad ending, a...moreI’m going to skip right to the end and tell you that the thing I liked least about Will Grayson, Will Grayson was the ending.
It’s not a bad ending, and it’s not that it was a teensy bit cheesy and partially predictable or anything.
It’s mostly because of where it ended. It ended with a non ending. Which is fine sometimes I like it where everything isn’t all wrapped up and completely hunky dory at the end because let’s face it when is life ever all wrapped up in a perfect little hunky dory package? Right, never.
I don’t know, I guess is just didn’t want it to end; I was really, really enjoying it, so much so that I read the whole thing through in two sittings.
One thing I would have thought id be complaining about, but am not, is David Levithan’s decision to have his Will speak (or write?) all in lower case. This sort of thing usually irritate me to know end, I don’t like looking at the English language used in this fashion but I honestly stopped noticing that the English was ‘wrong’ after the first couple chapter. Because, to be honest, that’s exactly how this Will would have presented himself. Like his representation of Will with lowercase letters is an awesome way of showing how Will thinks of himself as a lower class human being.
The character Tiny is ridiculous in the best possible way; he’s probably my favourite thing about the book though that is rather hard to pin down to one thing.
I don’t want to spoil anything about the story but it’s everything you could possibly hope for in a book; funny, emotional, poignant…
I seriously recommend that everyone gives this book a go.