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Will Grayson, Will Grayson by John Green
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Feb 02, 2012

really liked it
bookshelves: favorites, lgbt, reviewed, young-adult, made-me-laugh
Read on February 01, 2012

I read Looking for Alaska a few months ago and it was okay, but I was confused why so many people love John Green so much. The only way Alaska could've been more of a Manic Pixie Dream Girl is if there had been a film version jointly played by Kirsten Dunst and Zooey Deschanel. I don't really mind the MPDG trope that much (I was watching (500) Days of Summer the other day and thinking about how it's actually a pretty great story about a very unreliable narrator), but it's not the kind of thing that usually makes readers fall in love with an author. Now that I've read Will Grayson, Will Grayson, I have a better understanding. Sure, it hinges on a pretty ridiculous idea: two kids, both named Will Grayson, just happen to be in the same porn shop (not of age) on the same night and meet and one Will Grayson just happens to know a guy who's looking for a boyfriend and the other Will Grayson just happens to be looking for a boyfriend. But somehow it really works. The characters have flaws that aren't waved away for the sake of happy endings, but they're also good, likable people (I particularly liked Jane, Will Grayson #1's friend of a friend turned love interest). And apart from that one plot point, the rest of it is a pretty realistic look at high school students who aren't quite misfits but don't exactly fit in. I'm glad I gave John Green's work another shot and I'm definitely going to read more by him. I've never read anything else by David Leviathan, but I think I'd like to check out some more of his work as well.

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Kim Read Boy Meets Boy by David Leviathan. It's like a Dean/Cas AU and everything is beautiful and nothing hurts. It's just pure fluff.

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