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Will Grayson, Will Grayson by John Green
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Mar 05, 2011

it was amazing

Was there anything this good written for teenagers when I was a teenager? I really don't think there was. I definitely don't think there was anything this good for GLBT teens when I was a teenager. I remember being totally enthralled with Francesca Lia Block's Weetzie Bat books, but other than that I read these Lurlene McDaniel books for kids with cancer (don't ask) and Christopher Pike. I enjoy a good Christopher Pike, but this is literature, and I don't remember anything like it from my teenhood (maybe I'm wrong? Just a dolt?).
Anyway, if you can't tell already, I kind of liked it. John Green's Will Grayson in particular was a character that accurately embodied many of the struggles of adolescence for me. One of the things that I enjoy about YA is that it reminds of how immediate it was to be a teenager, how every event, every thought was heightened (this is represented very well by the second- David Levithan's Will). In particular, the friendship between Will #1 and Tiny Cooper is such a real friendship: each party living in a self-centered world and forgetting that the relationship between them has a life of its own, which also requires attention and care and might be spinning out of contral. So, lovely. And Tiny Cooper and his musical? Brilliant.

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